Yellowjackets use free throws to hand Mustangs first loss
Buffalo Island Central coach Bill Taylor took his troops to Bay Tuesday night to take on the defending Class A State Champions. It proved to be a rude homecoming for Taylor, who played his high school ball for the Yellowjackets, as Bay took advantage of four technical fouls called on the Mustangs to post a 56-47 come from behind victory over BIC.
BIC took its first lead of the game with 2:06 left in the first period on a three pointer by sophomore Evan Sanders. The Mustangs maintained their advantage until the 5:58 mark of the fourth quarter when the visitors were tagged with back to back technical fouls against Nick Bollinger and Taylor.
After Bay's Jonathan Crain sank both ends of a one and one, Taylor Layne went to the line and drained all four technical fouls shots to turn a 34-30 Bay deficit into a 36-34 Yellowjacket lead, an advantage they would hold the rest of the way.
Tyler Myers hit one of two free throws to pull the Mustangs to within one before Bay's Dustin Utley drove to the basket for a two pointer, pushing the 'Jacket lead to 38-35 with 5:00 left. A missed shot by the Mustangs was rebounded by Crain who appeared to connect with an elbow to the jaw of BIC's Austin Pike. Pike crumbled to the floor as the Mustang bench protested the no-call. Pike jumped to the floor and approached the official, who quickly tagged the Mustang player with back to back technical fouls. Layne again went to the foul line, connecting on all four free throws, and suddenly Bay led by eight, 43-35.
The Mustangs tried to mount a late rally, thanks to three pointers from Alex Ballin and Evan Sanders, but forced to foul, BIC watched the 'Jackets put the game away at the free throw line. Bay nailed 11-14 free throws in the last 3:00 to seal the victory.
Bay finished the night 30-36 from the foul line, including 22-26 in the fourth quarter alone. The Mustangs hit eight of 12 foul shots and connected on six three pointers on the night.
Crain and Tyler Pritchett led Bay with 14 points apiece while Layne added 11, all from the foul line.
Pike paced the Mustangs with 12 points while Jacob Sanders added 11. Alan Carmichael scored eight, Ballin and Evan Sanders tallied six points apiece while Myers and Bollinger chipped in two points each.
In junior high action, BIC scored the last four points of the game to pull out a thrilling 29-27 victory over the Yellowjackets.
Trey DePriest led the Mustangs with nine points while Andrew McFarlin added eight. Cory Turner scored seven while Dax Hurst chipped in five.
Nolan Smith led Bay with 12 points.
BIC led 8-6 after the first period and held a slim 13-12 edge at the half. The Yellowjackets rallied to take a 22-19 lead into the final frame before the Mustangs pulled out the win.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night, playing host to Earle. The Mustangs will travel to Kirby Friday night before taking on Jessieville Saturday afternoon, also on the road.