Lions moving on in tournament

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 12, 2009

HOUSTON — It took 26 years, but the duo of Brandon Peters and Joseph Young scored 16 points each to lead the Yates Lions to a 78-57 victory over the Jones Falcons in the Region III, Class 4A championship game held at the Merrell Center in Katy.

The Lions broke open a close game by outscoring the Falcons 29-14 in the fourth quarter, including a 16-4 run.

“It just feels so good to finally get to this point,” Yates forward Joseph Young stated. “Last year was really disappointing and we probably gave up a little bit, but this team has and never will.”

The last time Yates went to the state tournament, Young’s father, Michael was playing for the University of Houston en route to the NCAA championship game.

Jones, who finished 28-7, battled the Lions throughout led by Texas A&M signee Ray Turner. Turner tallied 17 points and seven rebounds in the first half, but only scored four points in the second half.

“Turner was really killing us early, getting rebounds, dunks and beating us down the floor,” Yates head coach Greg Wise said. “Our guys stepped up to the challenge defensively in the second half and that’s a testament to their efforts.”

It was in this same round and on this same court last year that Yates saw a golden opportunity to earn a state tournament berth slip away into the hands of Wheatley. However, this year, that was not going to be the case.

“Last year was really disappointing,” Wise said. “For us to have come back with our record and to have beaten teams the way we’ve beaten them, its a testament to how hard our kids have worked and how bad they’ve wanted it.”

Yates defeated Livingston 95-52 behind Joseph Young’s 18 points to advance to the Regional final.