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Boys basketball: Still without Melvin Yancey, Wallace cruises

Updated: January 30, 2014 7:01AM



GARY — This year’s Gary holiday tournament took a little getting used to. Everything from the location of the tournament to the competition the Gary schools faced Saturday afternoon was different.

The tournament this year wasn’t at West Side’s gym, which was its traditional home. This year it was at Roosevelt.

And there was no trophy awarded, just one game for each team involved in the event.

And with the exception of the Wallace-Roosevelt girls game Friday, Gary schools did not play one another. Instead they played schools from Chicago or South Bend.

Playing again without coach Melvin Yancey because of a health issue, the Wallace boys team blasted Chicago Winnie Mandela 74-46.

A player getting used to a new role himself was the Hornets’ top scorer. Last year, guard Richard Wash’s role was to come off the bench and supply offensive firepower for the Hornets. This year he’s a starter, and he scored 17 in the Hornets’ win.

“I was happy how we played in the third quarter,” said Wash, who scored 10 of his points in the third. “It takes us a while to get warmed up and that’s something we have to work on.”

Sure enough, both teams took a while to get their engines going, with Wallace holding an 11-6 lead after one quarter before the Hornets scored 51 points in the next two quarters to break the game open.

“We did OK,” Wallace assistant coach Brandon Scott said. “We were more intense in the second half. We could have shared the ball better and played better defense but overall I was happy how we played. But I still see a lot of things we have to work on.”

Scott said Yancey is doing much better since having to go to the hospital because of an apparent stroke before the Christmas break. His return date is still up in their air.

“It’s been tough,” Scott said about Yancey’s absence. “His overall knowledge of the game we miss a lot.”

John Johnson had 11 points for the Hornets.

In the other Gary tournament games, Roosevelt blasted South Bend Academy 99-13 thanks to Alexander Buggs’ 25 points, while Gary 21st Century got 25 from Dantrell Hurt in their 74-62 win over Chicago Prolouge 74-62.



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