Lassiter, Irvin power Bay Shore
Bay Shore opened a 20-point lead in the second quarter on the way to a 59-49 non-league boys basketball victory over Floyd on Saturday, handing the Colonials their first loss of the season after six victories.
It was a game of runs and momentum swings. Floyd battled back in the second half and pulled within eight, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
"We're not satisfied with this win," Bay Shore coach Gary Williams said. "The first half is evidence of what we can do, but it's up to the players to decide to play the full 32 minutes. Still, a win's a win."
Senior Bryson Lassiter led the way for Bay Shore (4-2) with 20 points, five assists and four steals and senior Gerrell Irvin added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Senior Devin Burney led Floyd with 21 points and sophomore Devonte Dixon added 14.
Both teams came out playing fast, and the quick pace favored the Marauders. After a layup by Jamel Bridges gave Floyd a 4-2 lead, Bay Shore went on a 17-4 run for the rest of the quarter.
Irvin scored eight points in the period, and his putback gave Bay Shore a 16-6 lead with a little under two minutes left. Lassiter drained two three-pointers in the run and finished with nine points in the period.
Bay Shore's matchup zone started to cause problems for the Colonials in the second quarter as the Marauders' swarming defense did a great job forcing Floyd to take difficult shots.
Bay Shore opened the quarter with a 12-3 run led by senior Devin Farmer, who scored eight of his 10 points in the quarter. His back-to-back baskets in the paint capped the run and gave Bay Shore a 31-11 lead with 2:30 left in the half.
Down 38-18 at halftime, the Colonials switched to a 2-3 zone to start the third quarter and it worked very well. They forced more turnovers and outscored the Marauders 16-6 in the period to cut the lead to 44-34.
"They came out hard on us in the second half," Lassiter said. "We came out a little lazy, and we can't do that down the line."
Bay Shore was able to put the game away with a 13-5 run to take a 57-39 lead with a little more than a minute remaining. Floyd went on a 10-0 run, but it was too little, too late.
"We have to put games together," Farmer said, having learned a lesson from the close call. "We just have to stay aggressive."