The basics: Derby’s big third quarter, outscoring East 16-8, helped win a boys game in the City League vs. AV-CTL basketball series.
Key stretch: After the Aces began the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run, Derby scored the next seven points to pull away. Derby’s Tanner Worley made a three-pointer from the right corner to extend their lead to 45-40 with 1:16 remaining, Nyjee Wright made four free throws in the final 47 seconds to put the game out of reach.
Standouts: Wright led all scorers with 17 points, seven in the fourth quarter. Michael McKinney led the Aces with 14 points, including two three-pointers.
What they said: “Our kids showed a lot of character,” Derby coach Brett Flory said. “We were on the bus coming home from Salina less than 24 hours ago and we spent a lot of energy last night, so really great toughness and character by our kids to beat a very good team.”
What it means: Derby (5-4) rebounded after Friday’s loss at Salina Central. East (5-3) has lost three of their last four after a 5-0 start.
Derby — N. Wright 17, D. Conner 7, T. Gordon 7, T. Worley 6, K. Tabor 5, B. Sanders 5, J. Packard 3
East — M. McKinney 14, M. Hartley 8, J. Caldwell 8, E. Kelly 7, Z. Fralin 5