Boyle's plan almost upsets Wayne

March 09, 2004|MARTY WARREN

LONDON - With its season on the line, Boyle County came up with a game plan against 12th Region Tournament favorite Wayne County that coach Andy Moberly thought would give his team a chance to win.

And the Rebels nearly worked it to perfection.

The Rebels (13-14) were patient offensively, played hard-nosed defense and took the favored Cardinals to overtime before dropping a 47-45 decision in the opening round of the 12th Region Tournament at South Laurel High School here Monday night.

Boyle, which had several opportunities to grab the lead in the first half, finally took the lead late in the third quarter after three straight baskets by Derek Vonckx, who led the Rebels with 14 points. Boyle continued to hold onto the lead until Wayne changed its full-court press, and that produced three straight steals in three trips down the floor and six straight points midway in the final frame.


"That was a big 30-second span," said Moberly. "We had a 34-28 lead and before you knew it, they had erased all of it. Still, we never quit playing and regained the lead. Both teams missed key free throws down the stretch that could have put the game away."

Wayne entered the game as the fifth best free throw shooting team in the state at 72 percent, but Wayne coach Rodney Woods said you couldn't tell it against Boyle.

"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," Woods said. "I've never seen us shoot so poorly from the field, or the free throw line. Tonight was a prime example of what happens when you tighten up. We played like we had two hands wrapped around our neck, and it's hard to shoot with your elbows.

"But I think you can give Boyle a lot of credit for how we played. They really get after you defensively and didn't ever let us get comfortable. We beat them pretty good at their place, but they defended everything we tried to do well tonight."

White's lay-up ties the score

Down 43-41 with 31 seconds to play, Tyrone Green missed a pair of free throws and Boyle's David White, who missed the first meeting between the teams because of a concussion, drove to length of the floor for a lay-up to tie the score.

Vonckx came up with a steal with 2.1 seconds left, but turned the ball over on a walking violation. Wayne had one final shot, but Steven Sexton's shot was off the mark to send the game into overtime.

Sexton, who hit the only two treys in the game for the Cardinals, drained a 3-pointer to begin the overtime period to give Wayne a 46-43 lead. White made two charity attempts for Boyle and the two teams missed a pair of free throws each.

Wayne's Brad Bell, who entered the game shooting 80 percent from the line, missed the second attempt and grabbed his own rebound. Jerrod Gibbons, the state's leading free throw shooter, was fouled and made the first attempt but missed the second, and Boyle got the rebound.

After having the ball knocked out of bounds at :03, Moberly called timeout to set up the final play.

"I didn't think we had enough time to get off a good 3, so we wanted to get Derek into position so he could dive down low," Moberly said. "He saw that the middle was clogged and our next option was to lob the ball toward the rim so that (Brian) Staed could put it in. We got a little anxious, though, and Derek got off a shot while fading away."

The shot fell just short to give the win to Wayne, but Moberly was pleased with the way his team played after its poor showing in the 45th District final against Lincoln County.

"They responded well after the tough loss," Moberly said. "They were prepared, battled hard the entire game and responded well. I respect their effort tonight and they gave it all they had. They could have folded after the district loss, but they didn't. I didn't know if they were tired, or just didn't believe they could do it. I think the effort they gave answered my question for me."

The two teams statistics were nearly identical.

Wayne hit 18 of 41 shots for 44 percent while Boyle connected on 18 of 40 field goal tries for 45 percent. Wayne was 9-for-19 from the charity stripe compared to just 7-for-16 for Boyle. Boyle won the rebounding battle 30-29 as Staed pulled off 10 missed shots for the Rebels. Green led Wayne with 12. Boyle committed 15 turnovers while Wayne finished with 12.

BOYLE (13-14) - Blake Jones 3, David White 10, Derek Vonckx 14, Patrick Horn 8, Brandon Smith 3, Brian Staed 7

WAYNE (26-4) -- Ty Perkins 8, Jerrod Gibbons 11, Bradley Bell 14, Wesley Dick 8, Tyrone Green 6.

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