Redskins fall to Washington

A small stretch of time gave Washington the advantage they needed in order to take down McLoud 56-47 on the opening day of the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist University Thursday. The stretch started late into the second to take a 28-21 lead at halftime and extended to a 40-24 lead in the third that they just had to maintain the rest of the game.

“Other than that about seven minute stretch at the end of the second and beginning of the third, I thought we played right with them, maybe even outplayed them,” McLoud coach Tim Boyer said.

Trailing 2-5 in the first, the Redskins went on a short 4-0 run courtesy of two Tristan Crook buckets to take a 6-5 lead, but gave it up on a 9-4 Washington run to fall behind 14-10 after the first.

Crook hit a triple to start the third and McLoud took back a 19-18 lead with 4:15 left in the half on a pair of free-throws by Josh Jackson. After that, things changed as Washington went on a 10-2 run to close the half and rallied ahead with a 13-7 run through the third.

The Redskins fought back to win out the fourth but couldn't close the gap.

Part of the struggle towards the end of the second quarter and into the third was having two starters out coupled with foul trouble that kept Brandon Vinson sidelined and the younger guys in the game needing to learn how to move better when they don't have the ball.

“The younger guys are not quite experienced yet enough to know that they need to come help us more, so our two senior guards, Garrett Wilson and Chase Mahtapene, tried to take a lot on their own shoulders,” Boyer said.

Washington ended with three scorers in double digits. Manuel Trejo led all scorers with 13 points and Gabe Williams and Conner Kirtley both had 10. Kade Hendrix had nine on three 3-pointers and Kaleb Kilcrease had eight.

Mahtapene led McLoud with 12 points, Wilson had 10 before fouling out late in the fourth and Crook also had 10. Vinson had seven and Jackson had six.

McLoud will play Meeker Friday at 6 p.m. in the consolation semifinals. Meeker lost to Kingston 71-33 Thusday. The game will be a rematch of McLoud's opener last Tuesday in which they lost 70-65 at home. If the Redskins can avoid the lulls that they suffered in that game and again Thursday against Washington, they can get revenge, Boyer said.

“It's a revenge game for us,” he said. “Hopefully we come out and play just as hard as we did tonight. I think we'll hopefully come out on the right side this time.” 

Pirates open Bison Invitational with win

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 semifinal game Friday at 9 p.m. against Elgin.

Kingston takes down Meeker

An ahtletic Kingston squad proved too much for Meeker Thursday night in their first game of the Bison Invitational at OBU. The Bulldogs lost 71-33 in the contest and never held the lead.

Kingston put up four unanswered points before Brett Roach responded with a trey in the first for what would be the smallest point differential of the game. Kingston finished up the quarter with a 10-2 run over the next six minutes and rallied again in the second to take a 34-14 lead into the half.

Meeker shortened the lead to 36-18 early into the third but gave up a 22-6 run from there to get well out of reach of a comeback.

James Green went down hard in the fourth after hitting the Kingston goalpost following an attempted block on a breakaway. He was taken out of the game with short time left but appeared to be okay.

Joe Coker led the way for Meeker with 10 points and Josh Whitfield had eight.

RJ Weeks led all scorers with 19 points for Kingston and Jacob Germany had 18.

Meeker will play McLoud in the consolation semifinals Friday at 2:45.

Thursday boys scores:

Dale 63, Noble 47

Elgin 62, Lindsay 50

Kingston 71, Meeker 33

Washington 56, McLoud 47

Boys Friday games:

Kingston vs Washington 12:15 p.m.

Noble vs Lindsay 2:45 p.m.

Meeker vs McLoud 6 p.m.

Dale vs Elgin 9 p.m.