Konawa — The Byng Pirates melted away a first-half Snow storm by heating up from beyond the arc and eventually pulled away from host Konawa for a 73-48 victory.
Konawa star Zach Snow scorched the Byng defense for 21 first-half points but was shut down in the second half by a Byng defensive performance led by Reid Wall. Snow didn’t score over the final two quarters, got off just two second-half field goal attempts and didn’t even produce a shot in the fourth period.
Byng led just 37-32 at the break before outscoring the Tigers 36-16 over the final two frames.
“He’s a good player. He’s a tough matchup because he can go inside-out,” said Byng head coach Trent Miller, referring to Snow.
Byng improved to 5-2 on the year, while the Konawa boys dropped to 2-4.
In the girls opener, after a nip-and-tuck first quarter, the Lady Pirates used a stifling defense to shut down Konawa for the rest of the game. Byng buried the Lady Tigers 51-32.
Byng 73, Konawa 48
Reid Wall — known more for shutting down opponents from the pitcher’s mound in baseball — blanketed Snow for the majority of the second half, and the talented KHS player could never get an open look or get into any rhythm.
“Reid Wall did an outstanding job on him, but with that, I thought we played outstanding team defense. We really made it hard for them to get the ball to him,” Miller said. “We made some adjustments. We had to make it a point to stop this guy because he was just lighting us up.”
Byng scored the first seven points of the third quarter, including a 3-pointer by Hunter Capps and back-to-back buckets by Joe Nemecek just 24 seconds apart. After Nemecek got free inside for his first basket, his steal and layup gave Byng a 44-32 lead at the 4:58 mark of the third period.