BANDON — Myrtle Point’s boys basketball team made the most of its chance to gain momentum at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational, winning both its games to capture the title in the Gold Bracket.
The Bobcats beat Camas Valley on Wednesday, pulling away from a tie score at halftime for a 52-40 win over the Hornets.
“I think it was good for them to get a win,” Myrtle Point coach Jamil Wynn said. “This group of kids — that’s the first time they’ve ever won a tournament.”
Like many of Myrtle Point’s other games this season, it didn’t come easy.
Tyler Beyer-Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second quarter to give Myrtle Point a 20-8 lead, but Camas Valley came roaring back to tie the score by halftime.
But the Hornets had just four points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth as the Bobcats pulled away.
“The second half, we did good at getting the lead and keeping it,” Myrtle Point’s John Newton said. “We worked a lot on defense.”
Wynn credited Isaac Warner as being the team’s sparkplug on defense, stopping Camas Valley’s Derek O’Connor in the second half, when he only had two points after scoring 13 in the first two quarters.
“He usually guards their best player,” Wynn said of Warner. “He doesn’t care how tired he gets. He always goes 100 percent.”
The Bobcats also did a good job of moving the ball in the second half, especially getting it in to Newton, who finished with a game-high 18 points.
“The games we lost, we had a lot of turnovers,” Newton said. “We were making better passes.”
Point guard Jack Isenhart directed the offense and also scored nine points for the Bobcats. Beyer-Smith and Warner added six each.
Ryland Brown scored 12 points for the Hornets, but like O’Connor was stymied in the second half when he had just a single 3-pointer.
Newton and Warner were chosen for the all-tournament team, along with Camas Valley’s Brown. Rogue Valley Adventist Academy’s Michael Covrig and Micah Grobey of C.S. Lewis Academy. Rogue Valley Adventist beat C.S. Lewis in the consolation game.
Myrtle Point improved to 4-5 with another nonleague game at home against Glendale on Thursday, the Bobcats’ final game of 2017.