OCALA — East Bay had all the answers for Ocala West Port in the Class 5A region quarterfinals Thursday night.
After seeing the Wolf Pack take its first lead after rallying from a deficit of nine points or more for the third time in the game, the Indians responded with an 11-0 run and earned their first postseason win in 43 years with a 68-55 triumph.
"It was a game of runs and I thought our guys really responded well to everything they threw at us," said East Bay coach Billy Teeden, whose team made 13-of-18 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep West Port at bay.
West Port (18-8) took its only lead at 45-43 on a layup by Corey David with 6:56 left, but didn't make another basket until there was 2:59 left and the team was down by 10.
"I made an adjustment and put two point guards on the floor to pressure (their point guard) and I thought that really paid off," Teeden said.
The Indians also held a 37-36 rebounding edge against the taller Wolf Pack and frustrated West Port 6-foot-6 center Mike Kirkland (13 points, eight rebounds).
Justin Green led East Bay with 17 points, while reserve guard Cedric Watkins scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Wolf Pack, who lost for the first time in four region quarterfinals, made just 13-of-26 free throws keyed by a 3-of-9 effort in the fourth quarter.