It was a close game throughout, but the Seneca boys basketball team led nearly the entire way as they knocked off Miami (Okla.), 45-40 at the Seneca Tournament on Tuesday at Seneca High School.
Diamond, meanwhile, also won their opener, 51-27 over Lamar.
The Indians led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and, despite scoring just four points in the second quarter, held the Wardogs to six in the period to maintain the lead at halftime. The Indians went on to best the Wardogs 14-8 in the third period and held them off in what was their best scoring quarter in the fourth to clinch the victory.
“I’m real proud of our kids,” Indians coach Will King said. “I think it was the best we’ve battled all year. It was a game of great defense by both teams and all of the kids were going hard. The effort was great all night. We fought off all of the storms that came through there. It was a great effort by all of the kids.”
Kyler Ng poured in 17 points to lead all scorers while Bradley Jumper pitched in seven, Chance Smith six, Daniel Noah five, Shane Murphy and Seth Harris four and Logan St. Clair two.
Colt Summers rattled in 14 for the Wardogs while Garrett Castor had 11, Ben Osborn six, Bo Bussey three and Chris Osborn, Alex Linton and Wyatt Rathjen two each.
The Indians (3-1) entertain Lamar at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Diamond boys waylaid the Tigers in a game that was dominated by the Wildcats from the onset.
After trading baskets to start the contest, it was the Wildcats who soon took advantage of a throng of Tigers mistakes and sped off on a 19-3 run. Both teams struggled with turnovers, but it was the Wildcats who made the Tigers pay for their mistakes by knocking down shots. Lamar struggled mightily from the floor.
“A win is a win,” Wildcats coach Brandon Rabel said.
Despite the easy victory, Rabel said his team must continue to improve as their play on the floor Tuesday night was “lacking.”
“I don’t know that I’d say we played pretty well. I’m not real happy with the turnovers. I felt like our offensive execution was lacking severely.”
The Tigers, however, continued to make mistakes throughout the game thanks, in large part, to an up-tempo approach imposed by the Wildcats.
“I felt like our up-tempo probably hurt them a little bit,” Rabel said. “They haven’t had as much practice time being football state champs and things like that. The thing I can take away is I thought we rebounded well. (The Tigers) were extremely physical, and I thought we met them with that on the rebounding end of it.”
Page 2 of 2 - Ryan Jinks led the Wildcats with 16 points while Logan Myers chipped in nine, Brodie Bien eight, Trent Hayes and Austin Singleton five, Darren Russow three, Cort Hardy and Evan Moreland two and Tanner Paradeis one.
Tripp Tucker led Lamar with eight points while Landon Compton turned in five, Brett McDonald and Chad Rice four and Josh Garfield, Trenton Mooney and Sam Bailey two apiece.
The Wildcats will take on Miami (Okla.) at 6 p.m. Friday at Seneca High School.