Byng uses big "D" to shut down Latta

Latta’s Ethan Elliott dives out of bounds for a ball while Byng’s Nolan Feazle watches from behind during a matchup of the two crosstown rivals Friday night inside the Latta Panther Fieldhouse.

LATTA – Cale Eaton knocked down three 3-point shots and finished with a game-high 22 points and Byng clamped down on defense in a 52-30 win road win over crosstown rival Latta Friday night.

The Pirates limited Latta to a single point — a free throw by Dawson Dansby — in the second quarter in racing to a 27-5 halftime lead.

“I felt like we had a good game plan on how to guard them and the boys did a great job following it,” Byng head coach Cody Williams said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve beaten Latta and I’m extremely proud of how hard my guys played tonight.”

Eaton was joined in double figures by Theran Smith, who supplied 13. Parker Presley was next on the scoring list for Byng with seven, including one trey.

Byng was 13-of-18 from the free-throw stripe, while Latta made just 5-of-10 tries.

Harmon Notter was the top scorer for Latta with eight, including one 3-point bucket. All of his points came in the fourth period.

The Pirates carried a 40-12 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Byng hosts Durant tonight, while Latta is at Konawa.



VANOSS – Three Vanoss players – Riley Cooper, Cade Paulin and Tucker Bucher - scored in double figures as the Wolves rolled past New Lima Friday on Homecoming night. It was also the first game inside the good-as-new Vanoss Activity Center.

Cooper led the way with 15 points, while Paulin and Bucher tossed in 13 apiece. Paulin and Bucher each canned three treys as well.

Adam Deatherage led New Lima with 10 points, including one 3-point basket.

Vanoss went on a 21-2 scoring rampage through the first quarter and went on to a 33-14 halftime lead.

The Falcons got 10 points from Adam Deatherage.


ASHER – Patch Hamilton poured in 22 points and Chase Eckart ended up with 20 Friday night as the Indians bounced Bowlegs by 51 points.

Eckart connected on three 3-point shots on the night as he and Hamilton were joined in double figures by Trevor Martin with 10.

A 22-3 run through the first quarter set the tone for the Indians who outscored the Bisons by a 21-9 margin in the second in building a 43-12 halftime cushion. Asher then went on a 16-4 run through the third in cruising to the victory.

The Indians, 5-2 on the season, host Tupelo tonight at 8 p.m. in the Pontotoc Conference Tournament in Asher.

ROFF 65, MAUD 29

MAUD – Scoring balance and an 18-2 run through the first quarter ignited Roff to the 36-point victory.

Trayson Miller led the way with 12 points, Dayne Bowerman followed with 11 and Conner Owens chipped in 10 for Roff. Bowerman knocked down three 3-point baskets as Roff totaled seven for the game.

Cooper Simon and Wil Joplin tacked on eight points each as Simon sank a pair of treys while Joplin canned one.

Roff went on a 23-7 scoring spurt in the second quarter in establishing a 41-9 halftime advantage. It was 53-19 through three periods.

Maud managed just two 3-point buckets on the night.


Michael Moralez fired in a game-leading 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Tupelo Tigers suffered the nine-point loss.

Moralez, who nailed three treys in the contest, was one of three Tupelo players to reach double figures as Seth Foreman tossed in 15 points, including two 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds while James Beach ended up with 12 points, including one trey.

The only other Tiger to get into the scoring column was Austin Vick as he totaled six points and pulled down nine boards.

Calera canned nine 3-pointers in the game and had a 20-12 lead after one quarter.

Tupelo faces host Asher at 8 p.m. tonight in the Pontotoc Conference Tournament.


SAVANNA – Hunter Simpson supplied 16 points, Chris Holcomb collected 13 and Kaden Mills had 11 Friday night as the Allen Mustangs tripped host Savanna, 55-50.

Mills drilled three 3-point shots and Chad Milne knocked down one in finishing with nine points.

Savanna sank seven 3-point shots in the contest.

The game was close throughout as Allen led 17-13 after the first quarter, 28-26 at halftime and 40-37 after three quarters.

Allen improved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

Brian Johnson contributed to this report.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.