The Earlsboro Wildcats punched their ticket into tonight’s Pottawatomie Telephone Company Jim Walling Classic basketball championship game with an 85-74 win over the Dibble Demons.

EARLSBORO— The Earlsboro Wildcats punched their ticket into tonight’s Pottawatomie Telephone Company Jim Walling Classic basketball championship game with an 85-74 win over the Dibble Demons.

The Class B top-ranked Wildcats dialed long distance early and often in the contest to forge a 45-38 halftime lead. Earlsboro’s first eight buckets came from beyond the threepoint arc with senior Trey Herron hitting three of them. Herron finished with a game-high 28 points.

Dibble took the lead early, capturing a 19-15 lead after the first quarter. The Demons did most of their damage inside with space eater Hunter Hamby. Hamby scored seven of his team-high 21 points in the opening quarter.

“Their post created some matchup problems for our defense tonight,” said Earlsboro head coach Russell Parsons. “They (Dibble) are very well coached and we could never put them away tonight.”

The Wildcats got things rolling in the second quarter, scoring 30 points and capturing the seven-point lead by half’s end. They hit 11 of 13 free throws in the quarter Dibble, in the second half, got as close asfive points, 56-51, when Heath Lewis hit a layup at the 1:50 mark of the third quarter. That was

as close as the Demons would get.

The Wildcats’ Herron took over the final quarter, scoring 13 to end any doubts. Herron was joined in double figures by Elijah Stargell and Kaveon Sharp. Stargell scored 22 points while Sharp finished with 16. Earlsboro had four different players hit at leastone three-pointer.

Ty Sparks, of Dibble, added 18 points for the Demons, including three treys. Lewis finished with a dozen points.

The top-ranked Wildcats will face the Dewar Dragons tonight at 8:30 p.m. for the title. “Dewar is guard oriented like us and are a very solid team,” said Parsons. Earlsboro is a perfect 13-0 on the season.