By Josh Levine
Bay School’s boys basketball team ousted defending champion Waldorf from the Bay Counties League Central playoffs with a 55-44 victory on Thursday at International High School.
In a rematch of last season’s league championship game, the second-seeded Breakers (18-8) made 10 shots from 3-point range, including five from junior shooting guard Lucas Knorr.
Knorr finished with 15 points, but Connor Mattoon scored a team-high 19 points, with nine coming in the fourth quarter, allowing the Breakers to pull away after only leading 40-36 at the end of the third quarter.
“Coach told us at halftime [that] we had worked too hard not to win,” Mattoon said. “We stepped it up in the fourth quarter and that closed it out for us. Our defense really stepped up and our offense hit the shots when we needed them.”
The Wolverines (13-10) got 23 points from senior Nicholas Zatopa, but could not keep up with the barrage of 3-pointers from the Breakers.
“Waldorf is a very good team and they have a very good defense,” said Bay head coach Pete Overfelt. “They give us problems and it took us three quarters to figure out how to play them. I had to stay positive with the boys at halftime, so we could get past that brick wall of a defense.”
Waldorf head coach and athletic director Zeke Lopez refused to comment multiple times after the game and would not allow any Waldorf players to be interviewed.
The Breakers advance to face fourth-seeded Leadership in the championship game on Saturday. The Griffins upset top-seeded Gateway in the other semifinal on Thursday.
Connor Mattoon – 19
Lucas Knorr – 15
Henry Gale – 7
James Wasney – 7
Chase Johnson – 4
Nicholas Zatopa – 23
Michael Beleson – 10
Austin Fusco – 6
Dayo Origunwa – 3
Eric Settels – 2