HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Brown-led Eastside pulls aways from P.K. Yonge
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:31 p.m.
Facing a P.K. Yonge team in the thick of the race for the District 5-4A title, the Eastside boys basketball team started scoring right out of the gate and never looked back en route to a 79-47 home win Friday.
The Rams (9-4), who had lost two of their previous three games, got a spark from senior center Seth Brown, who scored 24 points, to hold off the Blue Wave (11-6).
“I put a lot of pressure on Seth,” Eastside coach Pop Williams said. “I told him to step up, and I really think he stepped up tonight. Being a senior, I got on him about being the leader of the young kids and he really stepped up and was a leader.”
The turning point came midway through the second quarter when Eastside broke the game open to lead 31-17. From there, it was all downhill for P.K. Yonge, as it trailed by 15 points at halftime and by a minimum of 20 the rest of the game.
Brown also played well defensively, helping the Rams force the Blue Wave into making mistakes. The Blue Wave repeatedly turned the ball over and committed offensive fouls, which prevented any type of long offensive run and led to numerous fast-break attempts for the Rams.
Brown and junior forward Mike Nobles, who had 22 points, were the main beneficiaries of those mistakes in leading Eastside.
Eastside next plays at Newberry on Monday, while P.K. Yonge will look to bounce back Tuesday against Santa Fe.