Bay cruises past ICC into NEA finals

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bay (17-4) came out hot and took a 22-11 lead after one and never looked back as they punched their ticket to the Division I title game with a 69-43 win over Izard County Consolidate (ICC) (18-5) in the NEA Invitational Tournament being held at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Dustin Utley glides in for an easy basket during Bay's win over ICC to advance to the NEA Invitational championship game. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Taylor Layne gave Bay a 3-0 with a three-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring. Robert McFadden made it 4-0 by hitting one of two free throws after being fouled. Andrew Walker got ICC on the board with a three-pointer from the top of key to make it 4-3 Yellowjackets. Crain scored inside for Bay to make it 6-3 only to see the Cougars get a jumper from Clay Mosley making the score 6-5, the closet ICC would get for the rest of the game. Crain and Tyler Pritchett scored back to back buckets before Walker netted another three-ball for ICC to make the score 10-8 Bay. Layne drilled back to back three-pointers from the left wing and Dustin Utley hit a jumper in the lane as Bay stretched their lead to 18-8 with 1:54 left in the quarter. James Norton canned a three-pointer for ICC to make it 18-11 only to see the Yellowjackets get a jumper from Pritchett and a basket down low from Matthew Willard to make the score 22-11 at the end of one.

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