By Richard Greene
Bigger and stronger than anyone in Millsap’s frontcourt, Gabe Gillespie flexed his muscle inside in the second half and led the Boyd Yellowjackets to their first District 10-2A win of the season.
Gillespie scored a 12 of his career-high 17 points in the second half as the Yellowjackets pulled away from the Bulldogs for the 55-43 win at home Friday night.
“It feels really good. It’s been a while,” Gillespie said.
The victory snapped the Yellowjackets’ snap their six-game skid to start district. Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez said it’s a new start for his team.
“We need to start stacking some wins,” he said. “We’re happy to get a win and need to put it together to get another.”
Boyd led nearly the entire game, but Millsap managed to hang around until the fourth quarter.
Gillespie and Jared Cate were able to wear down Millsap inside in the second half.
Cate put in five of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter. His basket with 5:45 remaining put Boyd up 10, 43-33.
Gillespie stretched the lead to 16, 52-36, with two minutes remaining. It was his fourth basket of the half. He added one more and a free throw with just more than a minute left.
Gillespie, said his strength from football where he was an all-district lineman, allowed him to get good positioning down low.
“It helps because I’m always stronger after playing football,” he said.
Hernendez pulled Gillespie, Cate and the other starters off the floor for the final minute.
Chasen Starnes joined Gillespie and Cate in double figures with 11 points. He had eight in the first half.
Cate put Boyd in front for good in the first quarter, breaking a tie at four with his only three-pointer.
The Yellowjackets took a 16-11 lead into the second quarter.
Boyd opened the second frame with a 5-0 run to build a 10-point edge 21-11. That lead didn’t last long. Josh Jones’ three-pointer started a 9-0 spurt for Millsap to get the Bulldogs within a point 23-22.
Jones finished with 14 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Three free throws around a Starnes three-pointer allowed Boyd to take a 29-25 halftime lead.
The Yellowjackets outscored Millsap 10-5 in the third quarter to build the advantage to 39-30 entering the final frame.