P.K. Yonge, St. Francis square off tonight
The Blue Wave and the Wolves will meet for the title tonight at St. Francis.
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:42 a.m.
P.K. Yonge and host St. Francis will meet at 7 tonight in the finals of the District 3-3A high school boys basketball tournament.
The Blue Wave advanced by defeating St. Joseph's 60-50 in Friday's first semifinal before St. Francis routed St. Johns Country Day 51-30
P.K. Yonge 60, St. Joseph's 50: P.K. Yonge (14-10) struggled early, but fought back to avenge last year's district semifinal loss to St. Joseph (12-16).
St. Joseph sprinted to a 13-7 first-quarter lead and put P.K Yonge in early foul trouble. The Flashes, however, could not take advantage by finishing 3-16 from the free-throw stripe.
Senior Van Turner hit a momentum-changing 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Blue Wave second-quarter run for the lead. He led P.K. Yonge with 23 points.
“Every night we rely on him to be our offensive threat,” P.K. Yonge coach Jeff Myers said.
“He's a senior leader. He's been in this situation before. We trust him and he always steps up when we need him.”
The Flashes had no electricity left in the second half, as turnovers and transition layups sparked a 13-5 Blue Wave run.
“We want to play full court man-to-man. We want to force the tempo to make it a little chaotic and we were able to do that in the second half,” said Myers.
Senior Aaron Stokes finished with 10 points and sophomore Stephen Brown added eight points for P.K. Yonge. Seniors Matheus Menezes and Jacob Gaetanos led St. Joseph with 16 points each.
St. Johns Country Day 30, St. Francis 51: St. Francis (21-5) cruised on their home court by defeating St. Johns Country Day (13-11) in the nightcap.
Tied 3-3 midway through the first quarter, the Wolves and Spartans seemed to be in for a long battle.
“I thought it was going to go to penalty kicks,” St. Francis coach Brian Shea joked.
Senior forwards Jake Nangle and Lamine Mbodj soon took over the paint at both ends of the court to guide St. Francis to a 29-12 halftime lead.
“We started to play like we're capable of. We started rebounding. We started passing. We knocked down a few 3s, which opened it up for the bigs,” said Shea.
Senior Aaron Wasik and sophomore Christian Fallo led St. Francis with 10 points each. Senior Kavan Kirk paced the Spartans with 10 points.