Bucs on a roll

Bartlett Yancey’s defense gangs up on a Chatham Central player last week. Photo courtesy of BY assistant principal Syeda Smith Williams.

After trading baskets for the first half of their home game against conference rival Chatham Central last week, Bartlett Yancey boys basketball began pulling away in the third quarter and extended their lead in the fourth, in part on the strength of crowd roaring dunks by Jaylen Neal.

“We’ve got potential. We just need to wake up,” Neal, a junior, said in the locker room afterward. “Basically, we woke up tonight.”

With the 58-46 win, the Bucs improved to 4-8 on the season and 2-2 in 1A/2A Conference 14. Chatham Central dropped to 7-5 overall, 1-3 in the conference.

Earlier in the week the Bucs lost 80-59 at home to Cummings (8-6, 4-1), which stands second in the conference. BY is just behind in third place.

BY coach Lou Williamson praised his team following the Chatham Central win.

“Good job fellows. Way to fight,” he said. “You left it all on the court. You’ll did a great job.”

Later he talked about the tenacity it took to overcome the determined Bears.

“You’ve got to fight every time you throw it up,” he said.”It’s like life. It’s just a blessing to be here with these guys.”

Neal led Bucs scoring with 19 points. Matthew Sidney, also a junior, had 18.

Against Cummings earlier in the week, the visiting Cavalier took control early, held a 10 point advantage headed into the second quarter and cruised to the win.

This week BY was scheduled at Jordan Matthews (1-9, 1-2) on Tuesday and River Mill (7-9) on Wednesday.