KELLER -- Controlled chaos won Denton Guyer the 4A bi-district matchup against Saginaw Boswell on Tuesday. At least somewhat controlled.
Both teams ran a high-pressure, full-court press that forced turnovers for both sides. As sloppy as it looked, it played right into the game plan of more athletic Guyer (22-8) in a 47-37 victory.
"As long as the game was hectic and we were winning I was fine with it," Guyer coach Harold Colson said. "As long as we kept it at that pace, I thought we'd have a chance to win the game."
Boswell's strength was in its post play and half-court offense, so Guyer's transition-heavy game prevented the Pioneers (22-11) from establishing any rhythm on offense.
Coming off a 15 point-performance against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Boswell post Taneasha Rhode netted just six points against Guyer's defense.
Guyer freshman forward Bre Wickware thrived in the up-tempo game, picking up a game-high 13 points.
"I like the excitement of it going back and forth," Wickware said "I like the fouls and the turned-over balls because it gets a chance for everyone to get going."
Boswell managed to stay close, tying the game halfway through the third quarter and coming within two with three minutes to play. Guyer's pressure against a Boswell team that has struggled with ball-handling was too much to handle in the final minutes of the game.
"In a pressing game like that, it gets a little hectic," Boswell coach Ken Cook said. "You have a tendency to go faster than you can, and your passes are a little errant, so you end up turning the ball over. Then you get frustrated and try to do more than you can and then you end up over-extending on defense and you get in foul trouble. It's a snowball effect."
Guyer will face Waco in the area round at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Waxahachie.
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