No. 6 in Class 2A Dale came up with a monstrous 63-47 win over 5A unranked Noble in their first game of the Bison Tournament at Oklahoma Baptist University despite a very slow start.
Gabe Gouge made two of his four free-throws in the first quarter and Logan Woodruff put in a field goal to trail 6-4 after the first. Gears switched in the second.
Drew Reed and Brody Johnson hit two 3-pointers each and Woodruff hit one to put Dale on a 24-15 run and take a 28-21 lead into the half.
They kept up the pace to outscore Noble 14-10 in the third and boosted well ahead in the fourth, hitting nine of 16 free-throw attempts while Gouge drained two more treys and Ben Payne had an and-one bucket.
Woodruff led Dale in scoring with 16 points, had two 3-pointers and was 4-7 from the line. Johnson finished with 13 points and hit all three of his free-throw attempts.
Jason Maxwell had 16 points to lead Noble.
The Pirates will play in a semi-final game tomorrow against the winner of Elgin vs Lindsay.