COMMERCE — The Yantis Owls fans got their price of admission Tuesday night as they witnessed their blue and white team taking home the Class A Division I Bi-District title.
The bleached, blonde headed Owl team defeated the Trenton Tigers, 51-41, at Commerce High School. Between the first half turnovers, leading scorer Tony Garcia put on an impressive showing of 3-pointers for his Owl team swishing four corner shots in just the first half and continued it to start the second for a total of five. But even in the house of the Commerce Tigers, the Trenton Tigers could not match the scoring of Yantis. During the third quarter, the Owls put the pressure on with sights set on bringing home a title to hold the Tigers to only four points (one bucket and two foul line shots).
The first quarter saw scoring bursts from Ty Davis, Allen Rose, Cory Thompson, and Gerry Hernandez each popped the net for Yantis. Rose added another point from the foul line. Teammate Terry Thompson sighted a 3-pointer.
It was in the final minutes of the first quarter, that Garcia tacked on second trey. To start second quarter, Owl Jereme Smith snagged a steal from a Trenton Tiger setting the pace for teammate Garcia to reach the bucket only to get fouled. Garcia sank first shot, but Tiger T.J. Oquin (seven points total) answered back lighting the scoreboard 22-13. Garcia got the steal and returned to the half circle with another swish for three. Trenton attempted to get back but failed.
Roundball action ceased for a time out. Yantis continued to have a difficult time with ball control and acquired several turnovers, traveling calls, and out-of-bound calls. Owls Justin Hunt and Rose each added a basket to the 3-point scoring of Garcia before breaking for the buzzer.
The third showed turnovers on both sides of the ball; Trenton lost possession early with a back court call. Cory Thompson drove lane for two along with another by Rose for Yantis. Garcia hit his last long bomb with 20 seconds remaining on third quarter clock, 36-26 Yantis favor.
In the fourth, Cory Thompson swished another bucket only to witness Trenton's drive and hook shot. A miscued pass play by Owls allowed the Tigers another score with less than four minutes to play. Tiger Derek Meyer fouled out as both teams are in the bonus. Fouling from both teams stirred the packed house. In an attempt to close gap, Tiger Trevor Lynn and Oquin each hit 3-pointers. Terry “T-Ray” Thompson laid up the ball for two more on the Yantis side ending the scoring with a 10 point Yantis favor.
“We just played sloppy--like 'Pigpen' on Snoppy,” said Yantis Owls head basketball coach and athletic director Jack Bowles. “When we finally got into our press, that's when we got ahead. In the second half the kids got a little jittery thinking they might win the game...but it is nice to come out with a win even without your 'A' game.”
As the visiting team, Yantis (22-9) will face a (29-4) No. 4 state-ranked Avery Bulldogs (home team) Friday at 7 p.m. in Prairiland. In the first meeting with Avery, the Owls lost by 14 according to Bowles. He was enjoying the moment, noting that Yantis is 2-0 in Commerce (referring to Lady Owls and Owls recent wins). “It has been a long time since we've reached this point, and now to reach the postseason for the third year in a row.”
Yantis-Tony Garcia 16, Gerry Hernandez 4, Justin Hunt 2, Terry Thompson 9, Ty Davis 2, Allen Rose 10, Cory Thompson 8.
Trenton-Ryan McCarley 9, Brock Murphee 11, Trevor Lynn 7, T.J. Oquin 7, Derek Meyer 7.
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