Bay downs Augusta to reach NEA finals
Bay and Augusta met this past Saturday in the semi-finals of the boys' Division II NEA Invitational Tournament with the winner moving on to the finals. Augusta scored the first basket of the game and this would be their only lead as Bay opened up a double digit lead after the first period and went on to a 66-48 win.
Jordan Brown opened the game with a baseline jumper for Augusta at 7:45 to go up 2-0. Bay responded with a 10-0 run to make it 10-2. Bay got back to back to back three-pointers to make it 9-2. Matt Holt hit the first three from the left corner then Tyler Pritchett canned one from the right corner and then again from the right wing. Tyson Oliver was fouled and hit one of two to make it 10-2 at 5:10. Clayton Williams stopped the run with a reverse lay up at 4:50 making it 10-4. Dylan Loven got inside for a score for Bay before Brown rebounded his own miss for Augusta and scored to make it 12-6. Pritchett got a lay up at 2:25 and Williams scored on a lay for Augusta to make it 14-8. Pritchett scored inside and Oliver drilled a three-pointer with 38 seconds left in the first setting our score at 19-8 Bay after one.
Bay didn't slow up any as they opened the second period with a 9-2 run to make it a 28-11 lead. Zach Johnson scored a lay up off the fast break before Otis Poindexter canned a three-pointer for Augusta to make it 21-11. Kylor Skaggs scored off an offensive rebound, Oliver hit a runner in the lane and Skaggs added a free throw at 3:45. Johnson got free for another lay up making it 28-11 with 2:32 left in the half. Lorenzo Pryor III got inside for Augusta and scored followed by a lay up from Pritchett to make it 30-13. Brown and Pryor scored back to back baskets to make it 30-17 Bay. Loven scored inside at 1:20, Brown hit a baseline jumper for Augusta and Loven worked his way inside for another basket with one second left making the score 34-19 at the half.
Augusta scored the first four points of the third period as Ervin Gant hit one of two free throws and Edward Driver hit a jumper to make the score 34-22 Bay. Kail Harris hit two free throws after being fouled to make the Bay lead 36-22. Williams scored for Augusta before Loven hit one of two free throws to make it 37-24. Gant scored back to back baskets for Augusta to make it 37-28 with 4:46 to play. Loven took a pass off a Holt steal and scored to make it 39-28. Darius Warren made a basket inside for Augusta before Johnson made a lay up and canned a three-pointer for Bay to make it 44-30 'Jacekts. Warren hit a jumper for Augusta, Loven hit three from the top of the key and Skaggs hit one of two free throws to make it 48-32 with 2:!7 left. Brown hit a jumper for Augusta making it 48-34 and Loven hit a three with two seconds left making it 51-32 after three.
Driver hit a jumper for Augusta to make it 51-36 early in the final period. Bay went on a 9-0 run stretching their lead to 60-36. Oliver hit two free throws from a technical foul against Augusta. Skaggs hit one of two after being fouled, Oliver drilled a three-pointer from the left corner, Loven hit one of two free throws and Holt got inside for a basket to finish the run. Anfernee Neal hit two free throws and Gant scored on a lay up for Augusta to make it 60-40. Holt hit two free throws and Pritchett hit one of two to push the Bay lead to 63-40. Gant hit a three for Augusta, Brown made one of two free throws and Gant got inside for a score making it 63-46. Oliver hit two free throws for Bay, Williams got inside for a score for Augusta and Oliver hit one of two free throws to set the final at 66-48.
"Tyler (Pritchett) shot the ball well at the beginning of the game and we stuck to our game plan in the first half," Bay coach Brad Brannen said. "Defensively we blocked out well and defense was the key in the first half," Brannen added.
Loven led all scorers with 16 points on the night for Bay. Oliver added 13 points and Pritchett 13 points for the 'Jackets.
Jordan Brown scored 15 for Augusta and was followed by Ervin Gant with 12 points.