Bay advances at NEA with win over Armorel

Friday, December 23, 2016

Bay (12-8) built a double digit lead over Armorel by halftime before going on to post a 58-40 win over the Tigers in an opening round game in the boys' Division I bracket of the NEA Invitational Tournament being played in Jonesboro.

Dustin Utley of Bay glides to the basket for two points during the Yellojackets' win over Armorel this past Tuesday at the Convocation Center. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Bay opened the game with a 9-0 run as Dustin Utley scored inside, Caleb Hartgen converted an old-school three-point play and Tyler Harrell and Utley both had easy lay-ups off the fast break. Armorel got on the board with a steal and lay-up only to see Utley and Nolan Smith hit back to back three-pointers for the Yellowjackets to make the score 15-2 Bay with 3:58 left. The Tigers hit one of two free throws and netted a three-ball to make it 15-6 as Taylor Layne hit a jumper for Bay to make it 17-6 'Jackets. Armorel hit a three-pointer, Utley scored inside for Bay and the Tigers got a stick back basket to make the score 19-11 Bay after one.

The Tigers opened the second quarter with a basket down low as Bay got back to back baskets from Layne and Utley making the score 23-13 Yellowjackets. Armorel hit a jumper, Harrell canned a three-pointer as the Tigers added a conventional three-point play to make the score 26-18 Bay with 2:08 left in the half. Slade Grove put back an offensive rebound for Bay, Armorel scored down low before Bay got a jumper in the lane from Grove and a three-pointer form Smith to make the score 33-20 Bay at the half.

Full game story in December 22 edition of the PCDT!

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