ADAIR — A fourth-quarter rally fell short as Wyandotte’s boys suffered a 56-49 loss to Jay in the semifinals of the 16th annual Adair Invitational.
“Their pressure gave us some fits in the first half,” Wyandotte coach Paul Duncan said. “They were bigger than we were. We gave up about 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. They beat us up on the boards.”
The Bears now will face either Westville or Caney Valley Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the boys’ third-place game.
Wyandotte’s girls rolled to a 47-18 victory over Okay.
They play either the Adair JV or Caney Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in the girls’ consolation finals.
“It was good for us,” Duncan said. “We don’t see that kind of pressure night in and night out. We can draw from that. We still held them to 56.”
Jay broke out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter against the Bears, then padded that to 30-24 by intermission.
The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the third quarter thanks to a 14-11 edge.
Wyandotte cut the gap to the final margin with a 16-12 margin over the final eight minutes.
D.J. Burleson and Shane Friend scored 13 points each for the Bears.
Jay got 13 points from Chance Tuder and 11 from Parker Warner.
Jesse Stone’s 15 points topped the scoring for the Wyandotte girls in their win over Okay.