Bay celebrates Senior Night

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bay (32-4) honored seven seniors before their game with Trumann last Friday night. Tyson Oliver, Dylan Loven, Zack Johnson, Matt Holt, Kail Harris, Dylan Rush and Jake Martin played their last regular season game as they handed the Wildcats a 77-58 loss.

"These kids are great!" Bay coach Brad Brannen said of his senior group. "They have always been about the team from the time they were sophomores and it shows on the floor how well they play together," Brannen added.

The first period was a close game for the first seven minutes as the biggest lead was four points. Holt and Johnson both hit three-pointers for Bay as Nathan Maxwell and Grayson Dye accounted for all of the Wildcat's points in the opening period with Dye scoring six. With the score 10-9 Bay, Oliver closed the opening period by scoring the last seven points. Oliver grabbed his own rebound and scored as he was fouled. Oliver hit his free throw to make it 13-9. Oliver then hit a three-pointer from the left wing and was again fouled. Oliver's free throw made the score 17-9 Bay at the end of one.

Tyson Oliver of Bay drive past A.J. Winningham of Trumann during Bay's Senior Night win this past Friday in Bay. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The second period saw both teams' offensives pick up the pace. Bay outscored Trumann 12-5 over the first half of the period as Johnson hit a couple three's for the Yellowjackets as Oliver hit a couple floaters to make the score 29-14 with 4:09 until half. Oliver got hot the last half of the period as he scored 11 points hitting three three-pointers. Maxwell and Cameron Jones tried to keep Trumann close as they combined for 16 points in the period. Bay took a 40-28 lead to the half.

Bay again got off to a good start in the third period as they outscored the Wildcats 10-4 in the first four minutes. Holt and Tyler Pritchett both hit three-balls as Loven made a conventional three-point play to make the score 50-32. Trumann could only shave three points off the lead before the third period ended. Jones scored seven points and A.J. Winningham's three-pointer with two seconds left made it 59-44 Bay.

Trumann cut the lead to 13 on a Maxwell basket inside and a Dye layup to make it 61-48. Bay responded by reeling off nine points to push the lead to 70-48. Loven, Johnson, Pritchett and Oliver all contributed with Johnson nailing a three at the five minute mark. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game as Bay went on to the 77-58 win.

"I thought early we shot the ball well then we fell in love with the three. We gave up way to many transition points," Bay coach Brad Brannen said after the game. "We stopped the transition better later in the game," Brannen added.

Oliver was the leading scorer in the game with 29 points. Johnson added 16 points and Loven finished with 14 points for Bay.

Maxwell led the Wildcats with 19 points on the night. Jones netted 18 points and Dye chipped in 10 points for Trumann.

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