BANDON — Jamil Wynn said his first season coaching Myrtle Point’s boys basketball team has been frustrating because he can see the team’s potential but rarely sees his squad live up to it.
The Bobcats gave him both sides of the spectrum Tuesday, but the good side was better as Myrtle Point rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to beat Rogue Valley Adventist Academy 60-54 in the Gold Bracket at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational.
“We have everything to be a good team,” Wynn said. “We just decide when we want and when we don’t want to play basketball.”
The Bobcats struggled in the first half, firing up 3-pointers with little success as the Hawks built a 20-5 first-quarter lead and a 40-21 halftime advantage.
“We just came out flat and not aggressive,” Myrtle Point point guard Jack Isenhart said. “And (Wynn) yelled at us during halftime. It sent a shock wave through us.”
Myrtle Point started chipping away at the deficit right away in the third quarter, getting a three-point play from Jose Medina, a pair of 3-pointers by Jalen Robbins sandwiched around two inside buckets by John Newton and a bucket and a 3-pointer by Cody Sears to trim Rogue Valley Adventist’s lead to six points.
The Bobcats were more patient, moving the ball around to get good looks inside by Newton or wide-open 3-pointers where the shooters had time to set their shot.
The Hawks led 49-43 entering the fourth quarter, but Isenhart scored on back-to-back drives. The teams traded 3-pointers — by Rogue Valley Adventist’s Michael Covrig and Robbins — before Isenhart tied the score with another drive with 4:20 to go.
After a free throw by Marcus Wiggers put the Hawks in front again, Isaac Warner hit a 3-pointer to put Myrtle Point in front for good.
The Hawks, who only brought six of their 10 players to Bandon, were down to five after one of them fouled out, and had to play the final 1:41 with only four after another player was disqualified for fouls.
Myrtle Point led by one at that point and clinched the win with free throws from Isenhart, Robbins and Warner.
Newton finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Myrtle Point and Robbins hit four 3-pointer and scored 14 points. Isenhart and Sears had eight each and Warner had seven points and 10 boards.
“John always plays hard for me,” Wynn said of Newton. “Jack penetrating helps our offense tremendously, especially with the shooters we have.”
Isaiah Christensen had 20 points, Covrig added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus Wiggers had five points and 12 rebounds.
Isenhart said the comeback win was exciting, but being in that situation was frustrating.
“We can play with anyone when we want,” he said.
Rogue Valley Adventist placed sixth at last year’s Class 1A state tournament. Myrtle Point gets another chance to win in the Gold Bracket final against Camas Valley which beat C.S. Lewis Academy 58-51 Tuesday.
Camas Valley 58, C.S. Lewis Academy 21: The Hornets rallied from a 28-20 halftime deficit to beat the Watchmen.
Derek O’Connor had 22 points for Camas Valley and Ryland Brown had 15 points, seven assists and four steals.
Micah Grobey had 19 points for C.S. Lewis Academy.