WYANDOTTE — The Wyandotte boys had almost as many turnovers as they did points in the first quarter of Friday night’s Lucky 7 Conference clash with Commerce.
When the Bears settled into an offensive rhythm in the second quarter, they turned a close game into a blowout, coasting to a 63-29 victory
"We cut that (the turnovers) in half in the second quarter and made shots," Wyandotte coach Paul Duncan said. "When you make shots, things will happen."
Commerce led 10-9 after Dusty Williams hit the front end of a two-shot foul with 1:33 left in the opening period.
That marked the eighth lead change of the game.
A layup by Jordan Walton a minute into the second quarter gave Wyandotte an 11-10 lead — and the floodgates broke.
Three 3-point goals and a jumper from the middle of the lane by Zach Butterfield helped the Bears open up a 24-11 advantage with 2:50 until the break.
“We did a pretty good converting some things and it snowballed,” Duncan said. “That happens sometimes.”
After a short jumper by Luke Manning and a layup off a steal by Manning, Wyandotte closed the half with an 8-1 surge, creating a 32-16 advantage.
“Defensively, we still had played well,” Duncan said. “The kids have bought into the fact that we’re going to guard people, then worry about the offense later. We finally got into a rhythm.”
The Bears continued to pour it on in the third quarter thanks to a 16-5 advantage, then put the wraps on their second win of the season with a 15-7 edge over the last eight minutes.
Butterfield, who wound up draining five treys — four in the Bears’ second quarter explosion — finished with 22 points. He was joined in double figures by Derek Durborow with 11.
Commerce received nine points from Zach Barnes.
Wyandotte faces Claremore Sequoyah Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Adair tournament. Commerce meets Chetopa, Kan., Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Kenneth Sooter Invitational at Welch.
Commerce 10 6 5 8 — 29
Wyandotte 9 23 16 15 — 63
Commerce — Barnes 9, Williams 4, Bowling 3, Maxville 3, Arnold 3, Wade 2, Rogers 2, Manning 2, Arizpe 1.
Wyandotte — Butterfield 22, Durborow 11, Friend 8, Walton 6, Burleson 5, Zabel 4, Buckallew 2, Johnston 2, Foster 2, Simpson 1.
3-point goals — Bowling 1, Barnes 1, Maxville 1, Arnold 1, Burleson 1, Butterfield 5, Friend 1.