BOYS BB: Taylor overtakes Alex in 4th quarter | Sports
Taylor’s boys’ basketball team overcame a slow 2 1/2 quarterfinals to beat Alexandria 46-36 on Tuesday night on center court.
Led by 11 points midway through the third quarter, the Titans dominated the Tigers 25-4 to the end, including 19-2 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we were very lethargic for 2 1/2, maybe even three quarters full. I don’t know why, ”said Taylor coach Bob Wonnell. “But give [the Titans] credit. All the games we have played this season have been competitive games where at some point in the game we were lucky enough to switch. Six times out of six now we have encountered this with a certain competitive spirit. We just have to figure out how to be consistent and try to do 32 minutes.
“We were lucky [Tuesday] to be able to retaliate and get into the game and we have to learn from that with a certain humility. “
Taylor improved to 3-3 and Alexandria fell to 2-3.
Alex was leading 26-19 at halftime, by which time Taylor had more turnovers (11) than field goals (nine) and also looked out of sync defensively. The Tigers appeared firmly in control with a 32-21 lead midway through the third quarter.
Bobby Wonnell sparked Taylor’s comeback by hitting a 3-point and scoring on a hoop play and struggling 3-pointers during the 3:10 quarterfinals. That took the Titans to Seven, 34-27.
Jay Patterson and Mekhi McGee came to life in the fourth quarter for the Titans. Patterson scored on a driving layup to open the quarter, McGee scored on a pullback and McGee ran for a fastbreak layup on a turnover from Alex. That brought the Titans down to three, 36-33, with 5:00 am to go.
Following another turnover from Alex, Bobby Wonnell pierced a 3 point pointer from the top of the touchline on an inbound play to make 36 at 3:17.
From there, both teams found themselves empty on several possessions. Alex missed the lead of the one-on-one at 2:48 and 1:59. After the second miss, the Titans’ Chris Moore scored inside Patterson’s entry pass to give the Titans their first lead of the game, 38-36, with 1:39 to go.
McGee secured the victory. First, he bounced off a miss from Alex. After Patterson split two free throws, McGee pulled off a steal and traveled coast to coast for a layup and 3-point play, bringing the score 42-36 to: 35. After another failed Alex, McGee made two free throws, then took another steal. Wonnell topped the score with two free throws at: 07.8.
McGee and Patterson increased their energy levels in the fourth quarter. McGee in particular flipped a switch. After scoring four points and taking three rebounds in the first three quarters, he had nine points and five rebounds in the final quarter.
Bobby Wonnell led the Titans with 17 points, McGee had 13 and Patterson had nine.
Taylor visits Delphi on Friday to start the Hoosier Heartland Conference game.
“Our schedule is loaded in advance. We’ve been through a tough six game wave, ”said Bob Wonnell. “But it also helped us. Two of our biggest goals are to try to compete to win the conference and to try to compete to win our section. If you’ve gone a six-game gauntlet like we did, I think you’re ready to play and see where you stand against the teams in your conference.