Wayne's vets bury Boyle in 67-51 win

February 01, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Experience pays.

Jerrod Gibbons, Bradley Bell and Tyrone Green, who have been starting for Wayne County since they were freshmen, combined for 51 points as the 5th-ranked Cardinals defeated Boyle County 67-51 Saturday.

Green, who entered the game shooting 61.9 percent from the field and averaging 11.6 rebounds, scored 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cardinals.

Bell chipped in with 14 points while Gibbons, the sixth-best free throw shooter in the state, missed two of six chances but still had 10 points.


"What Green does for this team is unreal," Boyle coach Andy Moberly said. "I would be hard pressed to find a better player in our region than him.

"There were two areas, in particular, that he hurt us in tonight. First, he collected six offensive rebounds and that allowed them to get second chance points. Second, he was 9-of-9 at the free throw line. In years past he was a liability for them at the line. He has really improved his game tremendously."

Wayne coach Rodney Woods agreed.

"Tyrone has improved gradually every year," Woods said. "What impresses me the most, though, is he never stops playing. He plays hard on both ends of the floor from the opening tip."

Baskets by Patrick Horn and Blake Jones gave Boyle (5-10) a 4-0 lead before Wayne scored nine straight points to lead 9-4 in a game postponed by snow on Friday.

Two baskets by Derek Vonckx and two free tosses by Ian Young pulled the Rebels to within one at 11-10, but Green scored five points and Gibbons nailed a trey to close the period and gave Wayne (17-2) a 17-11 advantage after one quarter of play.

Wayne has won 22 straight regional regular-season games

Wayne, which has now won 22 straight regular-season games against 12th Region teams since a 72-67 loss to Boyle in February 2002, hit 13 of 17 free throws the first half and led 35-22 at the half.

Boyle shot 50 percent from the field during the first half but turned the ball over nine times, including seven times in the second quarter when the Cardinals started pulling away.

"We wanted to shorten the game by taking some of the air out of the ball in the first half, but we started turning the ball over in the second quarter and that enabled them to get a lead on us," Moberly said.

The Cardinals connected on six of nine tries from the field in the third quarter while Boyle went cold, missing nine of 12 attempts as Wayne opened a 52-29 lead after three periods.

"Bradley (Bell) started penatrating the lane in the third quarter and we were able to get some easy buckets," Woods said.

Boyle cut the Wayne lead to 16 in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer. Wayne leads the state in scoring margin, winning by an average of 30.1 points.

"The guys did what I asked of them," Moberly said. "We battled hard right until the end of the game. That's no consolation, but I can say that they didn't quit.

"Wayne has a lot of chemistry and they are going to beat a lot of teams. If there is a better team in the region, I'd like to see them."

Boyle was able to limit the Cardinals, the third best shooting team in the state at 53.8 percent, to just 40 percent shooting on 19 of 47 tries. Boyle cashed 19 of 49 attempts for 39 percent. Wayne won the rebounding battle 37-28. Sophomore Andrew Bertram led the Rebels with eight.

WAYNE (17-2) -Tyler King 3, Jerrod Gibbons 10, Bradley Bell 14, Tyrone Green 27, Steven Sexton 8, Seth Frost 5.

BOYLE (5-10) - Greg Peck 2, Patrick Horn 6, Blake Jones 12, Ian Young 2, Brian Staed 7, Andrew Bertram 8, Smith Ahnquist 2, Derek Vonckx 10, Scott Singleton 2.

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