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February 20, 2014

Byng-Atoka split Tuesday

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.

BOYS

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.

GIRLS

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.

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