MIAMI — A match-up zone gave Miami fits during Tuesday night’s 41-38 loss to Claremore Sequoyah at the Miami Activity Center.
“It’s just so different than we will see all year,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “They did a good job of collapsing around Kameron (Jinks). There wasn’t much there for us.”
Mercer spent the halftime discussing adjustments to that, getting the effort level up some and extending the defense to get some turnovers and transition baskets.
“We scored 31 points in the second half. A lot of it was transition and it kinda got the game tilted a little,” Mercer said.
Back-to-back 3-point goals by Jack Osborn and Kai Hamilton slashed the Eagles’ lead to 38-36 with 57.0 seconds left.
But Sequoyah downed three of four free throws down to stretch to hold off the Dogs and get its third win of the season.
“I was proud of our guys the way they responded,” Mercer said. “We got it cut pretty quickly. We got it cut back to four (21-17), then they got it back up to 14 (36-22), then we cut it back down to two (38-36). It was just one of those deals.”
Jinks was limited to a field goal and two free throws in the first half — all in the first quarter.
However, he got 12 over the final two quarters to finish with a team-high 14 points.
Osborn chipped in with 12 second-half points.
Others scoring for MHS were Hamilton with seven, Conner Womack with four and Eli Coyne with one.
“You have got to give credit to their zone,” Mercer said. “Their matchup zone was good. It’s unconventional and this is probably the only time we will see anything like that all year.
“They did a pretty good job in it and they knew where Kameron was at.”
Drake Carter and Josh Sabherwall had 13 points each for the Eagles.
“We just dug a big hole,” Mercer said. “We just didn’t ply with a whole lot of energy in the first half.”
The Wardogs travel to Verdigris Friday night then host Tulsa Green Country Christian Saturday afternoon.