Yeo sets single season scoring mark as Triton trounces Bobcats

BOURBON — In a season chock full of memorable moments and performances, Triton’s Clay Yeo tacked on one more of each Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6 junior’s first-quarter trey set a new Triton single-season scoring record, and he erupted for 15 of his game-high 27 points during an eight-minute stretch in the second half to lead the Class A No. 5 Trojans to a 70-45 victory over Oregon-Davis in the Class A Boys Basketball Sectional 51 opener at The Trojan Trench.
Defending champion Triton advances to a semifinal-round tussle against Culver Community Friday at 6:30 p.m. Sectional play continues tonight at Triton with Argos facing Westville, followed by Marquette versus South Central.
“Clay’s had a great season, and it shows in his breaking the single-season scoring record,” Triton head coach Jason Groves said. “It was nice to see him break the record.”
Yeo’s school-history-making bucket — a 3-pointer from the left wing off a feed from Tanner Shepherd at the 3:53 mark of the first frame — eclipsed the previous single-season tally of 538 points, set by Joel Berger in 1965 and tied by Jack Carpenter in 1981.
In the second half, Yeo seized command, scoring in the post, on the offensive glass, and finishing off a steal with a two-handed jam to put the Trojans up 50-25 with 56 seconds left in the third stanza. He finished 11 of 14 from the field, snared seven rebounds, swiped five steals at the point of Triton’s defense, and handed out four assists.
“(Yeo) played really well in the third quarter,” Groves said. “We talked about him getting inside and taking the ball up strong; he was able to do that. He didn’t force anything; he let the game come to him.”
Senior point guard Zak Shively pitched in his own well-rounded night with 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. His 3-pointer — part of a key 11-1 second-quarter Triton run — handed the Trojans a 26-11 lead with 2:16 left in the first half against the hustling Bobcats.
“Zak’s been doing well all year, but he’s really picked up the last few games,” Groves said. “He’s shooting the ball better; he’s playing better defensively; he crashed the boards tonight; he’s doing a better job distributing the ball. He’s really become a threat for our team. That’s great to see this time of year.”
Triton finished a sizzling 63.3 percent from the field — 31 of 49 — but turned the ball over 20 times against Oregon-Davis’ full-court pressure and halfcourt man-to-man defense.
“We need to let things come to us,” Groves said. “In the first half we were pushing the issue a little too much. We want our guys to be aggressive, but they need to make good decisions. (OD) plays hard. They do a lot of running at the ball; they’re unorthodox in some of their traps. Still, we should be able to handle whatever a team does. It’s a matter of reading and reacting to situations and playing smart basketball.”
Meanwhile, the Bobcats, despite landing three players in double figures, struggled to a 16-for-54 finish from field goal range. Senior Jacob Jones tossed in a team-leading 14 points, followed by Craig McIntosh with 13 points and five steals and Zachary Taylor with 10 points and six caroms.
“We gave a lot of effort,” first-year OD head coach Matt Crawford said. “I would have liked us to block out and score a few more points, but I can’t say how proud I am of my team. We wish Triton all the best.
“We talk about winning every four minutes,” he added. “We break down the game into eight four-minute segments; we won the last one by one point with our five seniors on the floor. To me, our seniors went out on top.”
Oregon-Davis, which finishes 4-17, bids farewell to McIntosh, Jones, Taylor, Dylan Shively, and Nolan Coffin.
“I told the seniors thanks for a great year,” Crawford said. “They made my first year as a head coach one I’ll remember forever. I wish I could’ve had them for another couple years. Our seniors are going to be successful people.”
Also for Triton, Shepherd added 10 points, and Cody Shively reeled in six rebounds.
At Bourbon
Score by quarters
Triton: 15 30 50 70
Oregon-Davis: 7 15 29 45
TRITON (70): Darren Harrell 1 0-0 2, Clay Yeo 11 4-7 27, Zak Shively 4 2-4 11, Nick Nordmann 1 0-0 2, Jackson Downing 0 0-0 0, Bryson Mosier 3 0-0 6, Marc Lindsey 1 0-0 2, Tanner Shepherd 5 0-1 10, Seth Glingle 4 0-3 8, Seth Flenar 0 0-0 0, Cody Shively 1 0-0 2, Drew Mosson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 31 6-15 70.
O-D (45): Dalton Taylor 1 0-0 3, Craig McIntosh 4 5-8 13, Dylan Shively 0 0-0 0, Nolan Coffin 0 0-0 0, Jacob Jones 5 2-2 14, Zachary Taylor 4 1-1 10, Blake Hurford 2 1-2 5, Zachary Johnston 0 0-0 0; Totals: 16 9-13 45.
3-pointers: Triton 2 (Yeo, Z. Shively), OD 4 (Jones 2, D. Taylor, Z. Taylor); Turnovers: Triton 20, OD 18; Rebounds: Triton 36 (Z. Shively 8), OD 26 (Z. Taylor 6); Assists: Triton 17 (Z. Shively 6), OD 8, Steals: Triton 13 (Yeo 5), OD 12 (McIntosh 5); Fouls (fouled out): Triton 13 (none), OD 15 (none); Records: Triton 17-5, OD 4-17.