Blue Wave roll in rout over Rams
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.
Anytime a team has to face any type of adversity, it is interesting to see how they will respond to it.
On Wednesday, the P.K. Yonge boys basketball team found out that it could have to forfeit all of their victories this season for using an ineligible player. The school's administration self- reported the incident to the FHSAA that day and a ruling by the governing body of state high athletics is expected to come on Monday.
The Blue Wave were at home against Eastside on Saturday night in their first action since the news broke. If the way P.K. Yonge started the game is any indication of how it plans to react to the situation, it will be in good shape.
Devin Wilson scored 14 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter as the Blue Wave held a 16-point lead after the opening period and rolled to a 52-27 victory over the Rams.
Ron Foxx followed with 13 points and 14 rebounds as P.K. Yonge (18-4) used a 12-0 spurt in the opening period to lead 21-5 after eight minutes of play.
“I think the biggest thing is that they wanted to get back on the court,” P.K. Yonge coach Carlos Villalobos said. “They are hungry and they are an angry basketball team and just right now there is a lot of uncertainty with what is going to happen. We'll find out on Monday.
“Just from the onset, they just had a focus that I haven't seen all year and this could be something that obviously continues throughout the year, I hope.”
Wilson was on fire from the start, scoring nine of his team's first 11 points as the Blue Wave jumped out to a 15-3 lead. The 6-foot-1 guard drained one of his six 3-pointers on the night as the first quarter buzzer sounded.
“I was feeling good in the first quarter,” Wilson said. “I was just catching and shooting. It was perfect. I was in my zone.”
Wilson didn't even score in the second period as P.K. Yonge, which was effective with its zone defense, led 26-9 at halftime. He nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 35 seconds to play in the third quarter as the home team enjoyed a 36-12 cushion heading into the fourth period. Zack Courson got his only point of the night with a free throw with 40 seconds left, which also gave his club its biggest lead of the night at 52-23.
Wilson also grabbed 10 rebounds, had six steals and handed out five assists to round out his exceptional evening. Tyler Hagin added four points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Wave.
For the Rams, Devontae Mosley led the way with 12 points. Eastside (10-10) lost a district contest to Leesburg on Friday night and was also without leading scorer Rodney Mills. According to Eastside coach Pop Williams, Mills was on a football recruiting visit to Florida A&M.
“P.K. Yonge has a great ball club and I knew coming into this game with the forfeits that they are trying to start their season over,” Williams said. “They were loose and they have good kids. But everybody gets up for Eastside.”
For Villalobos, whose team has not lost to Eastside since 2005, he is confident in how his group will handle things going forward.
"This team is very resilient and they have been together for a long time," the coach said. "So I think they do a good job dealing with adversity."
Wilson said this situation will strengthen the Blue Wave.
"It has made us stronger because it feels like everybody is against us and we just came together as a team," Wilson said. "We are just keeping our same mentality and worry about our next game whoever we play.
"We just have to worry about them regardless if we go 0-22 or if we keep our same record."
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