Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Ryan's surprising ride derailed in 87-67 loss to Yates, 4A's top team
State’s top-ranked 4A team lives up to its ranking, reputation
AUSTIN — Scenes from a first half that, at best, could be classified as culture shock for Denton Ryan, and, at worst, with some completely over the top description, say, immolation:
Houston Yates’ Melvin Swift dunks, rattling the rim, shaking the glass. Damyean Dotson scoring eight points in about one minute but it seems like seven seconds. Clyde Santee banking a 3-pointer.
And there are traps. Full-court traps. Half-court traps. Any trap that can be possibly trapped in a game of basketball.
Yeah, it was like that. Ryan lost to Houston Yates 87-67. Its surprising run to the Class 4A semifinals ended at the hands of a team that loves running as much as elite sprinters and isn’t that much slower than those elite sprinters.
“We can’t simulate it in practice,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said.
Until facing the consensus No. 1 team in the state, it was an entertaining ride for Ryan. It finished third in District 4-4A and then discovered itself in the playoffs. In the third round, Ryan defeated Little Elm, which had beaten it twice earlier in the season. Then Ryan defeated the best Fort Worth schools in Trimble Tech and Arlington Heights.
Yates, though, plays a different kind of game (see above description). It has smothered many a team, and Ryan wasn’t any different. Like so many of Yates’ opponents, Ryan was sucked into the running game. The result was predictable. In the first half, Ryan shot 7-for-30 from the field, and star Trey Mohair was 3-for-12. Yates was 16-for-35 and made seven of its first 13 3-pointers.
In short, Yates played like Yates, and it will try to play like Yates again Saturday against Kimball, daring another opponent to attempt keeping pace.