SPERRY — The lack of consistency proved costly for Miami in a 53-52 loss to Tulsa Holland Hall Saturday night in the boys’ final at the Sperry Invitational.
“There were just way too many inconsistent moments — we didn’t have the consistent flow that you are looking for to win a game like that,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “It was just a roller-coaster of a game. There were a lot of good things and too many bad things.”
The Wardogs had pulled to within a point (53-52) on a drive by Trent Turner with 20.1 seconds remaining.
Brock Morton nailed the front end of a one-and-one to pad the Dutch margin to two with 11.0 ticks left.
Casey Hunter got the rebound for Miami and kicked the ball out to Turner who drove the length of the floor and scored — but the play was negated by a traveling call.
Morton was fouled again, this time with 2.8 seconds left. He missed and Hunter rebounded again, but Miami turned the ball over as time expired.
“It was there for us,” Mercer said. “The guys were trying, but there are just some nights there’s not just that extra spark there. We were just below the level we need to play at.”
The loss was the first in four starts for the Wardogs, who head back into Verdigris Valley Conference play on Tuesday, hosting Vinita — weather permitting.
There were 14 lead changes and five ties in Saturday’s game.
The teams battled to a 27-27 draw at intermission and Holland Hall was up by five at the end of the third, but Miami quickly made that up. A 3-point goal by Cade Pogue created the last deadlock of the night, 42-42 with 5:34 remaining.
Back-to-back treys by Matt Elbert were sandwiched around a drive by Johnathan Brice, leaving the Dutch with a 48-44 edge with 4:43 to play.
Wayman Tisdale drove for a bucket to make it a six-point margin before Pogue nailed his third trey after coming off the bench.
After Morton hit the second of two free throws, James Pickens drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key, leaving Miami with a 51-50 deficit with 1:20 left.
A drive by Morton gave Holland Hall a 53-50 lead, setting up the final minute of play.
“We had a open floor situation like we wanted late — we just didn’t make the play,” Mercer said. “They had a kid (Elbert) come off bench that hit some 3s that were backbreakers.”
Pickens headed up the Miami scoring with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Pogue, who added 13.
Morton scored 22 for the Dutch. He had 16 in the first half but was limited to six over the final two quarters.
“We played in spurts but didn’t play as fast as what we had been,” Mercer said. “I called time within the first minute because we didn’t start the game off right. We just didn’t have the energy level. We were flat. Still, we played well at times.”
Tulsa Holland Hall 12 15 13 14 — 54
Miami 13 14 8 17 — 52
Holland Hall — Morton 22, Elbert 10, Fredrick 9, Sexton 8, Miles 3, Tisdale 2.
Miami — Pickens 16, Pogue 13, Rodriguez 7, Hunter 7, Brice 4, Turner 3, Blevins 2.
3-point goals – Morton 2, Elbert 2, Pickens 4, Pogue 3.