Williams crashes the boards to lead Bobcats over Balko
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:02
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
TYRONE, Okla. — In a battle of two evenly-matched basketball teams, someone was going to have to play above and beyond the norm to lead their team to victory.
Jacob Williams was that man for the Tyrone Bobcats on Tuesday night. Williams took control of the boards in the fourth quarter to spark Tyrone to a 51-42 win over Balko.
“Something has clicked with him this year,” Tyrone head coach Clay Witt said. “He’s always been good for us, but he’s a senior, so I feel like he’s stepped into that role.”
Williams grabbed eight total rebounds in the fourth quarter alone — three of those were offensive boards that turned into six second-chance points — as a 3-point deficit turned into a 9-point win.
“He got us a lot of points just by being aggressive on the baords,” Witt said.
The game plan against the Bison was to pound the ball down low to Williams. But the Bobcats weren’t able to quite get it in gear in the first half. Luckily for Tyrone, their outside shooters bailed them out early.
Tyler Lai scored six of his eight points in the first half, while Travis Shield and Bryce Potter nailed a pair of threes to help Tyrone (8-1) to a 23-22 halftime lead.
In addition to Williams, Austin Olivas got his shooting stroke in gear in the second half. Olivas ended up leading the Bobcats with 13 points — 11 of those in the second half — including a trey at the end of the third that cut into a Balko lead and ended the period on a good note for the Bobcats.
Balko had taken a 5-point lead late in the third sparked by the Bison outside shooting game, which had been quiet in the first half. Ty Casper, Kolby Stephens and Alex Naylor led the charge for Balko in the third.
Lai gave Tyrone the lead for good when he converted an offensive rebound by Williams. Adan Lomas gave Tyrone a 3-point advantage with a nice turn-round fade-away jumper, and Williams pulled it out to five points before the Bison cut it to three again with 3:16 left in the fourth.
A put-back by Williams made it 45-40 before a 3-pointer by Olivas nailed the coffin shut for Tyrone.
Olivas led Tyrone with 13, Williams 10, Lai eight and Shield seven.
Ty Casper led Balko with 17 and Stephens 13.
Tyrone next plays at Yarbrough on Friday night.
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