Byng — The Byng Pirates overcame an eight-point deficit and registered a 57-54 victory over Atoka on Tuesday night to close out the 2013-14 regular season.
Celebrating Senior Night, Byng’s only two seniors led the way as Reid Wall poured in 18 points and Joe Nemecek added 14.
“Atoka is big, strong and athletic. I thought our kids played extremely well,” said Byng head coach Trent Miller. “I was really proud of our defensive effort. I thought we competed hard on the defensive end.”
In the girls game, Atoka (No. 17 in 3A) got off to a quick 11-4 start and knocked down 12 3-pointers in beating the Byng Lady Pirates, 54-37, to conclude the regular season.
Byng 57, Atoka 54
Also for the Pirates, Dineh Bohan and Jacob Birdshead chipped in seven points apiece. Birdshead nailed one 3-pointer and hit two big free shots to push Byng’s advantage to three with six seconds to go.
Atoka (No. 8 in Class 3A) led 15-14 after one quarter and 32-29 at halftime. But the Pirates outscored Atoka, 15-9, in the third.
Bobby Johnson fired in 21 points, including four treys, for Atoka (17-5). Teammate Tyreke Johnson added 14 points in a losing cause.
Byng, 18-6 on the season, will host a Class 4A district playoff with Dickson on Friday.
Atoka 54, Byng 37
Shaylynn Bass, behind six treys, finished with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Wampus Cats (15-7) and teammate Chelsey Morris ended up with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kayla Stevens nailed three treys on her way to nine points.
Alexis Hill paced Byng with 18 points as she recorded the Lady Pirates' only two 3-pointers.
After falling to a seven-point deficit after the first quarter, Byng played Atoka fairly even the next two periods. But the Lady Wampus Cats closed the game with an 18-9 run in the fourth.
The Lady Pirates (11-12) host a Class 4A district playoff Friday against Dickson.