2018-02-08 / Sports

Swartz Creek takes out Holly in overtime

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Swartz Creek coach Scott Wright has words of praise for Jayln Price-Rose after another solid night. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Swartz Creek coach Scott Wright has words of praise for Jayln Price-Rose after another solid night. Photo by Timothy Mucciante HOLLY – It was another barn-burner for the Swartz Creek boys’ basketball team last Friday when it took an overtime session to beat league rival Holly, 55-54.

“The Bronchos came to play Friday night in the Creek,” said Swartz Creek coach Scott Wright. “Led by sophomore guard Noah Bayliss with 25 points, the Bronchos made up their minds that this game was going to be solved on paper not on the court. The Dragons came out with high intensity, and took an 11-point lead into the second quarter.”

Creek was leading 19-8 after the first quarter and 35-24 by halftime.

“The Bronchos weren’t going to give up,” added Wright. “They fought hard in the second half, and continued to chip into the lead. Eventually in the fourth quarter the Bronchos took their first lead of the game with under 1:30 to play. The Dragons, weren’t going to just fold though. With their great student section behind them, they tied the game, and Holly missed a last second shot to win it in regulation. The Dragons were once again going into overtime.

The overtime period saw the Dragons take the lead and they stayed ahead the entire overtime period. The Bronchos made a shot down four with not enough time on the clock to have the ball inbounded and the Dragons survived.”

The Dragons were led by Jayln Price-Rose with 18 points and six rebounds. Jake Berry added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

“Jake Berry had some huge plays late in the game and overtime,” said Wright. “Jayln had a dunk as Holly was making a run to get our energy back up, but Holly didn’t flinch. In the overtime Jake made 3 out of 4 free throws and sealed the deal. Jake also had a couple huge deflections and drew an offensive foul on Bayliss that pretty much sealed it.

The great thing about this year’s team, is that every game you never know who is going to be the key player for us. We have a team full of guys that rise to the occasion night-in and night-out. We have a tough road ahead of us, and some challenges to overcome to continue to compete each night. We have Brandon on Tuesday and that’s where our focus is. We have to continue to learn and trust each other and have confidence in ALL of the guys that step on the floor every night!”

Tuesday’s game against Brandon has been postponed due to a power outage in the Ortonville area. A makeup date has not been announced.

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