Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet wasn’t going to let his final timeout go to waste in Friday’s nondistrict game against McKinney.
Late in the fourth quarter, with his team far, far behind, the Raiders took their seats on the bench and listened to a head coach who was displeased with their effort in the final minutes of the contest, as the Lions opened up a 30-point lead.
With District 5-5A play starting next week, Overstreet wasn’t going to squander a teaching lesson for an inexperienced team. After leading early, Ryan struggled and lost to McKinney 64-37 at Billy Ryan Gym.
“Score doesn’t dictate how we play,” Overstreet said. “We’ve lived by that as long as we’ve been here, and I feel like we lacked in effort, lacked in communication. We’ve got a lack of experience, and you have to continue to get better at the end of games, just like you do at the beginning of games.”
McKinney (8-10) scored 25 points in the final frame, and like it had the whole contest, the visiting team found long-range success.
The Lions were led by Preston Smith’s 18 points, all coming on 3-pointers.
Ryan junior guard Ibrahim Logan led the Raiders with 13 points. He was the only Raider to score in double figures, as Logan and the rest of the Raiders (6-9) struggled with McKinney’s full-court press in the second half.
Early in the first quarter, McKinney couldn’t get its press established because it couldn’t hit a field goal. The Lions couldn’t score, and the Raiders scored six straight points to open the contest.
“I thought we executed offensively and we took care of the basketball,” Overstreet said. “That possession where we went up 6-0, we ran just over two minutes off the clock before we shot a back-door layup.”
But when the buzzer for the first quarter sounded, Ryan no longer had the lead. McKinney closed the quarter with nine consecutive points.
McKinney took advantage of Ryan’s 2-1-2 defensive zone and used long-range shots to widen the gap in the second quarter. The Lions went 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc to take a 24-15 lead into halftime.
“We knew coming into the year that we were going to live and die by being a team that shoots a lot of 3s,” McKinney coach Wes Watson said. “We know that, and that’s what we practice it a lot. But there’s other things that we can do to continue to improve.”
Watson’s team was in full control of the contest when Overstreet called his final timeout in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Xavier Gray said Overstreet was displeased with his team’s lack of execution and upset that they weren’t running the called plays.
Gray said that the team’s effort was lacking, and if that continues its chances for success won’t be very good.
“We’re going to have to eventually pick it up, especially when district comes,” Gray said.
McKinney 64, Ryan 37
McKinney — E.J Clark 2, Remington Edwards 9, Trae Witmer 6, Preston Smith 18, Marcus Cross 4, Starr Kleinheskel 4, Jontrell Rocquemore 2, Leland Biscoe 6, Drew Hammons 6, Micky Mead 7.
Ryan — Ibrahim Logan 13, A.J. Hill 9, Devin Kiner 8, Trent Willis 6, Xavier Pittman 2.