Big second half carries Bay past Trumann

Friday, December 6, 2013

Trumann came out on fire and Bay looked like the young team they are falling behind 26-15 at the half. The second half Bay looked like the Yellowjackets of old as they outscored Trumann 11-3 in the third period on their way to a 47-38 win over the Wildcats.

Jonathan Crain of Bay drives in for a score as Westen Gilliam of Trumann tries to defend during high school basketball action in Bay. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Trumann opened the game with a 9-0 over the first half of the period. A.J. Winningham and Tre Simmons hit back to back three-pointers during the run. Jonathan Crain scored Bay's only points of the opening period with two free throws making it 9-2 with 3:30 left. Trumann got another basket from Simmons and a three-ball from Winningham to take a 14-2 lead after the first period.

Bay cut the lead to eight to open the second period as Dustin Utley connected on two free throws and Crain put back an offensive rebound with 6:17 left to make it 14-6. Simmons scored the next five points for the Wildcats with a three-pointer and a layup followed by an inside basket from Winningham to put Trumann up 21-6 with 5:30 left. Cade Prince hit back to back inside baskets before Tyler Pritchett went coast to coast for a lay up to cut the Wildcats lead to 21-12. Taylor Wilson canned a three for Trumann to push the Wildcats lead back to 12 at 24-12 with 3:22 left before half. Utley hit one of two free throws before Crain scored inside to cut the lead to 24-15. Westen Gilliam scored off an offensive rebound with 1:34 left in the second to set the half time score at 26-15 Trumann.

Wildcat Tre Simmons sails in for a layup during the Wildcats game at Bay last week. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The third period was almost a repeat of the first period only this time it was Bay who had the hot hand. They Yellowjackets opened with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 26 all with 2:10 left in the period. Kylor Skaggs had two baskets during the run as Crain and Pritchett also had a basket each. Crain also had two free throws as Taylor Layne had one free throw. Grayson Dye stopped the Bay run with a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:48 left. Utley grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back it while being fouled. After the play Simmons was whistled for technical foul for Trumann. Utley hit his free throw from the foul and Layne hit both free throws from the technical as the Yellowjackets took a 31-29 lead into the final period.

Pritchett scored the first points of the fourth period on a layup for Bay. Trumann's Dalton Carter was then whistled for a technical foul with 6:23 left to play. Layne made one of two free throws from the technical to make it 34-29 Bay. Layne made two free throws for the Yellowjackets to up the lead to 36-29 with 5:19 left. The teams traded points over the next three minutes with Bay still leading 38-32 with 2:20 left in the game. Skaggs scored inside for Bay before Simmons drained two free throws and Dye scored off a steal to cut Bay's lead to 40-36 with 1:15 left. Bay converted seven of nine free throws over the final minute of the game with Utley hitting five free throws as Bay posted a 47-38 win.

Crain and Utley both netted 10 points each to lead Bay in scoring on the night. Simmons led all scorers with 19 points for the Wildcats.

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