Yellowjackets hold off Mustangs 55-46
Back to back three pointers by Dustin Utley and Caleb Hartgen ignited an 8-0 run to begin the fourth quarter and helped lift Bay to a 55-46 victory over Buffalo Island Central in senior boys basketball action Tuesday night at Bay.
The Mustangs began the fourth period down just a point, 34-33, before Utley and Hartgen's three point bombs, followed by a 10-foot Taylor Layne jumper, gave the Yellowjackets a 42-33 lead. Layne and Utley combined to hit six consecutive free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory.
Bay led most of the first quarter, thanks to Layne's seven points, but consecutive triples by Myles Gifford and Chayse Carmichael gave BIC a 13-12 edge at the 1:07 mark. A technical foul on Mustang Coach Mike Scutero sent Layne to the line where the senior guard dropped in both free shots to give the 'Jackets a 14-13 lead after the opening break.
The Mustangs increased their margin to as many as four points in the second stanza, and led 23-21 at intermission.
Andrew McFarlin began the third period scoring five straight points to put BIC up 28-23. Bay responded by going on a 6-0 run, and grabbed the lead when Layne sank a pair of free throws with 3:44 left in the quarter. Trey DePriest's three point play gave BIC its last lead of the game, 33-32, with 1:20 left in the third period, but a short jumper by Layne just before the third quarter horn sounded put Bay ahead for good, 34-33, entering the final frame.
McFarlin led the Mustangs with 17 points. Carmichael scored nine, DePriest had seven, Gifford netted six, Dax Hurst tallied three while Cory Turner and Blaine Wildy chipped in two points apiece. BIC hit 8-12 free throws and connected on four three pointers.
Layne scored a game high 18 points to pace the Yellowjackets. Utley finished with 11 while Hartgen and Nolan Smith added nine points apiece. Bay canned 15-18 free throws and drilled four three pointers.
In junior high action, BIC defeated Bay 50-34. Jesse Fry pumped in a game high 20 points to lead the Mustangs while Tate Schooley added 11.
BIC returns to action Tuesday night, playing host to East Poinsett County. The Mustangs will entertain Kipp-Blytheville on Friday night before participating in the Natural State Classic Saturday.