LYNN HAVEN — A rare sight, or lack thereof, was beheld at Mosley High School on Tuesday.
Bay, typically a team that hardly sees a 3-pointer it doesn’t like, attempted a handful against the rival Dolphins and instead employed an aggressive attack to the basket. The measure paid off with a multitude of free throws, making up for the lack of the invisible 3-pointers. Bay used the attack to pull away from Mosley 79-62 in winning for a second time this young season.
“We like to not have to settle for the 3, we do want to attack the rim and get it to our big guys in the post,” Bay coach Michael Grady said. “But that wasn’t necessarily by design here, we still like our 3s.”
Bay guard Ryan Norwood was the beneficiary of the fast-paced attack in leading all scorers with 27 points. He was 15 of 21 on free throws and Bay attempted 47 for the game. Mosley also had chances at the free-throw line with 32 attempts and 21 conversions.
Many of those attempts came in the fourth quarter when Bay continued to foul. Grady implored his team with several pleas of “stop fouling” but it turned into one of the few mistakes for the Tornadoes (2-1) on the night.
The game was tight through the midway point of the second quarter. Mosley was able to respond to Bay’s quick strikes and held two leads in the first quarter and tied the game 16-16 on two Nat Dixon free throws. Bay took over with a 14-5 run to end the second quarter and the Tornadoes led 30-21 at halftime.
That bulge grew to as many as 13 late in the third quarter with the help of four Norwood free throws. Mosley pulled back to within nine, 50-41, by the end of three quarters. However, Bay continued to show it was the quicker team and wore down the Dolphins (0-2).
Darreyen Sims scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to stoke the surge. Center Corey Brown added seven points in the fourth quarter and 19 for the game. He also thrived on Bay’s 3-pointerless game with three slams in the second half to punctuate the runs.
Dixon did his best to keep Mosley afloat with 28 points. He connected on three 3-pointers and Mosley made six beyond the arc, but it wasn’t enough to match Bay. Josh Turner added nine points for Mosley and Donovan Albert scored nine.
Grady said the victory was a sign of improvement for his program. The Tornadoes won for the first time in three meetings at the Jim Redfern Gymnasium.
“Mosley is always a difficult place to play, the last two years we lost close ballgames,” Grady said. “It was nice to come in here and take care of business.”
Bay hosts Crestview, while Mosley entertains Rutherford on Thursday.
Bay won the JV game 72-30.
- BAY (79)
- Norwood 6 15-21 27, Goodman 0 1-4 1, Foster 3 0-0 6, Sims 5 2-7 12, Shorter 1 2-2 4, Patterson 2 2-2 6, Wade 2 0-2, 4, Brown 6 7-9 19. Totals: 25 29-47 79.
- MOSLEY (62)
- Ward 1 0-0 3, Dixon 8 9-11 28, Stadmire 1 0-0 3, Albert 2 3-4 8, Harris 1 2-3 5, Salazar 1 0-3 2, Turner 2 5-8 9, Alexander 1 1-2 3, Doolan 0 1-1 1. Totals: 17 21-32 62.
- Bay 16 14 20 29 — 79
- Mosley 11 10 20 21 — 63
- 3-point field goals: Mosley 6 (Dixon 3, Stadmire, Albert, Harris). Turnovers: Bay 12, Mosley 22. Rebounds: Bay 30, Mosley 33. Team fouls: Bay 29, Mosley 29. Fouled out: Mosley (Ward)