Sebastian sweeps YMS in boys basketball

OKEECHOBEE — Sebastian River Middle School swept Yearling in basketball action Wednesday in Okeechobee.

The Lady Cowboys prevailed 28-6 behind a strong defensive effort while the boys outlasted a stubborn Bulls team 34-27.

In the girls game Sebastian jumped out to leads of 10-0 after the first quarter and 21-2 at the half.

Yearling missed a lot of layups and shots close to the basket but played hard throughout the game. Taylor Gibson, Amber Mitchell and Simone Washington each scored two points for the Lady Bulls.

Ozzie Osceola and Steven Thornton (right) listen to instructions from Yearling coaches during Wednesday’s game with Sebastian.

Ozzie Osceola and Steven Thornton (right) listen to instructions from Yearling coaches during Wednesday’s game with Sebastian.

The boys game was entertaining as Chad Williams had 15 points and 11 steals as the Bulls pushed the Cowboys to the final buzzer. Josh Suarez had seven points and three steals, and Ozzie Osceola added 12 rebounds and three steals for YMS. Korbin Gibson had 13 points, 15 rebounds and five steals for Sebastian. Chris Harrison had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cowboys.

Yearling coach Mike Wharin said his team played with energy and enthusiasm and never quit.

“This group gets along with each other very well and that is so refreshing. Even when the team was down, we talked each other up.”

Wharin said his team got nervous early as they fell behind 9-2 in the first quarter. He noted Sebastian had three players that were well over 6 feet tall and that made things difficult inside. The Cowboys had 39 rebounds in the game while Yearling fought and clawed for 21.

“We fought as hard as we could in there. We played a clean and hard game. The other team told me my team has heart and I appreciated that compliment,” he noted.

Sebastian used pressure defense throughout the first half and for most of the game and caused a lot of turnovers. They led 19-10 at the half and 25-14 after the third quarter.

Yearling made a comeback in the fourth quarter thanks to some pressure defense of their own. Josh Suarez provided a lift in the backcourt with some timely steals and nice passes.

Williams said his goal is to surpass last year’s win total of only two games.

“Last year Sebastian beat us by 48 points. This year we lost a lot of talent but we stayed with it. I did all that I could do.”

Williams said the team might get better once they run more and get into better condition.

“Everybody got tired. Sebastian was a good team and the game was competitive.”

Steven Thornton had three blocked shots, two points and two rebounds and Brendan Tojenowski had two points and two rebounds for Yearling. Cornelius Toliver had six points, four rebounds and four steals for the Cowboys (2-0).

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