Jan. 25—KINGSTON — Malachi Schilreff poured in a game-high 27 points to help the Byng Pirates secure a 71-61 road win over Kingston Tuesday night.
The Pirates have now won four of their past five games and first-year head coach Jared Gambrel has been pleased with his squad during that stretch.
"Overall. it was a great win. I'm excited because we're trending in the right direction. Just have to keep getting better each and every day," Gambrel told The Ada News.
The Byng boys improved to 11-7 on the year, while Kingston dropped to 6-9.
In the girls' contest, Kingston made several timely free throws late in the game in a 56-53 win over the Lady Pirates. The Lady Redskins, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A, improved to 12-4 on the season, while Byng fell to 10-8.
Both Byng teams are at home Friday night against Dickson.
Byng 71, Kingston 61
The Pirates led 15-11 after the first period and used a 21-13 surge in the second quarter to build a 36-24 halftime lead.
Byng led 51-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We played very hard the entire game. We shared the ball and worked to pressure the rim," Gambrel said. "When we pressure the rim, we can be a very good offensive team. We just need to continue to do it consistently. Defensively, we struggled to find shooters at times, but were able to do a better job in the second half."
Camby Poorbuffalo sank four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Pirates. Gary Raney and Bo Boatwright just missed double figures with nine points apiece. Cooper McCage chipped in seven points for the visitors.
Tyler Raney, Gary Raney, and Schilreff each made one 3-point basket for Byng.
Kingston was led by Hayden Seeney, who drilled seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Reid Cason also hit double figures with 14 points and Lander Burkhalter followed with nine points.
Kingston 56, Byng 53
Kingston tried to leave Byng behind early, rolling to a 17-4 first-quarter lead. The Lady Pirates weren't having any of it, using an identical 17-4 surge of their own in the second period to knot the score at 21-21 by halftime.
The Lady Redskins used a 17-11 run in the third period to get back on top at 38-32. Byng never quite got over the hump in the fourth period.
"Our kids really fought after a very rough start. We had every reason in the world to get down and feel sorry for ourselves after the first quarter, but our kids showed a lot of toughness for battling back the way they did," said Byng head coach Luke Clark.
"Sadly, in the third quarter. it was just a few too many missed assignments on the defensive end and we dug ourselves another hole that we couldn't crawl out of," he continued. "Our role players kept us in the game and stepped up big when we needed them the most. There's a lot of good that we can take away from tonight and build on the rest of the way. "
Senior Brylee Baird hit five 3-pointers for all of her 15 points and led the way for Byng. Alona Cooper hit a pair of 3-point shots and scored 12 points and Cadence Carlos also hit double figures with 11.
Blakley Miller hit two 3-pointers and scored seven points for the visitors. Byng made a total of 11 3-pointers. Carlos and Lani Meyers hit one triple apiece.
Emily Bellettini erupted for a game-best 27 points for Kingston. She made two 3-point baskets. Avery Ludrick also hit double digits with 10 points. Jayda Foster followed with nine points for the home team.