GBMS boys go unbeaten
The Guinyard-Butler Middle School boys basketball coach Shawn Boyce couldn’t ask for a better ending for his team this season.
On Feb. 2, GBMS came into its final game against Denmark-Olar with an 13-0 record. Needing just one more win to complete a perfect season, the Ponies took care of business one last time and came away with a 56-48 triumph.
A scrappy Denmark-Olar team that trailed by a much as 19 points early in the third quarter, closed within 52-44 with 1:29 left to play.
GBMS, however, held off Denmark-Olar late, answering with layups from Russell Branch and Tyquan Jones to start the celebration.
“We had an excellent run this season,” Boyce said. “It definitely took a lot of hard work and keeping our ultimate goal at hand. The players came out, worked hard and gave 100 percent every game.”
GBMS got off to a terrific start in the game. Zach Bell had the hot hand early on, scoring eight first-quarter points to put the team ahead 13-4. Also contributing to the offense in the quarter was Demaurion Ginn, who hit a clutch three-pointer.
In the second quarter, GBMS maintained the lead behind the plays of Tyquan Jones, Russell Branch and Zach Bell. James scored eight points in the paint and Branch and Bell each converted layups in transition to put GBMS ahead 27-17 at halftime.
At the start of the third quarter, it seemed like the rout was on as GBMS opened with a 12-1 run. The Ponies extended their advantage to 40-18 with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Marcus Robinson and Justin Ingram led the scoring surge with four points each.
In the fourth quarter, GBMS went ahead 46-28 only to see Denmark-Olar fight back to narrow the lead at 46-38 with 1:29 left to play.
GBMS, however, withstood Demark-Olar’s late run and scored on layups inside the last minutes of play to set off the celebration.
Coach Boyce said the victory was the result of a total team effort.
“We had several players who stepped up and made critical shots and got key rebounds and loose balls,” he said. “This is how we played all year and it helped us pull another game out tonight”
For the game, Zach Bell led the team with 15 points. Russell Branch recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Tyquan Jones had 10 points and Marcus Robinson added six points.