MCLOUD - Despite a few minutes in the first quarter, the Class 2A No. 3 Dale Pirates were in control the entire way as they upended the McLoud Redskins 49-34 Friday.
“When we didn't turn it over, we played pretty well,” Dale coach Jeff Edmondson said. “We had too many turnovers and we have to clean that up and do a better job.”
The Redskins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead behind field goals from Brandon Vinson and Layne Phillips. Dale then picked up the pace and went on a 13-0 spree to close out the half. Brett Cunningham was the hot hand in the Pirates' run, scoring eight points.
Halfway through the first quarter, Cole Seaborn checked in for the first time in several games. Seaborn barely missed a double-double, finishing with 11 points and nine assists.
“Cole did a great job. Yesterday was his first practice so we weren't sure what he could give us and if he would be a little bit rusty,” Edmondson said. “He makes our defense better and rebounds really well. It was good to have him back out there.”
With the Pirates up 24-14 at halftime, Edmondson urged his team to keep the same pace they had in the first half.
“We were not looking so much at the score, we are just trying to get better each game,” he said. “We talked about moving the basketball and not turning it over. I think we did a good job of that in the second half.”
Phillips did his best to get the Redskins back in the game, scoring seven third quarter points, but the Pirates maintained a 37-20 lead heading into the final quarter.
McLoud would cut the Pirate lead to 12 but a technical foul on Garrett Wilson took any momentum they gained.
Cunningham led all scorers with 20.
Phillips finished with nine points for McLoud.
Dale (16-4) will host No. 14 Christian Heritage on Tuesday. McLoud (7-11) returns to action Tuesday at home to face Bethel. Both games are scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip-off.