Lake Dallas was three points from tying Ryan early in the third quarter of Tuesday's nondistrict game. Midway through the same frame, the Falcons found themselves trailing by 18.
That's how quickly things disintegrated as Ryan used its size and athleticism to pull away for an easy 64-45 win at Billy Ryan Gym. Ryan sophomore Jay Wilson scored 30 points, Tre Evans added 15 and the Raiders scored 39 second-half points.
"I was very pleased with our effort in the third quarter," Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. "We got out and guarded them well, which made them uncomfortable and led to points in transition."
Ryan (8-3) outscored the Falcons 21-9 in that frame. Ironically, Wilson didn't have much to do with that surge. After scoring 12 points through the first 16 minutes, he was held to four points in the third. Evans, however, kick-started Ryan's run with a three-point play followed by a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 31-22.
That lead was pushed to 16 moments later when Joe Dickenson drilled a 3-pointer of his own.
Ryan led by 17 going into the fourth quarter. That's when Wilson went off. The 6-6 forward scored all but four of his team's points in what turned out to be an 18-point frame for the Raiders.
"[Jay] is definitely playing with more effort on the offensive side," Overstreet said. "When he does that, it usually leads to points."
Despite its struggles, Lake Dallas got 17 points from Manny Brown and 10 from Austin Shephard. Pat Richardson added eight points, and Jalen Harris chipped in five. Brown scored nine of his points in the final eight minutes.
Lake Dallas will play Grapevine on Friday. Ryan hosts Keller Timber Creek.
"We battled at first, but their size and athleticism wore us down," said Lake Dallas coach Matt Welch, whose team dropped to 4-8. "This game will help us though because these are the types of teams we will see in our district. This will help us see what our deficiencies are."
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Ryan 64, Lake Dallas 45
Lake Dallas (4-8) — Manny Brown 17, Austin Shephard 10, Pat Richardson 8, Jalen Harris 5, Udo Onyekwere 3, Manny Arias 2.
Ryan (8-3) — Jay Wilson 30, Tre Evans 15, Joe Dickenson 7, Jamiel Gray 5, Tashawn Banks 4, DeAngelo Williams 3.