CLAREMORE – A 15-6 deficit over the final six minutes doomed the Miami boys to a tough 42-41 loss to Claremore Sequoyah here Friday night.
The Wardogs opened up a 35-27 lead with 6:50 remaining thanks to a bucket from inside by Kameron Jinks.
But Sequoyah came roaring back with a 9-0 run that turned an eight-point lead into a three-point deficit for the Wardogs.
Miami got back to within a point on three occasions in the final 2:55, but couldn’t get over the top.
“We were in a pretty good rhythm against their matchup zone, but they extended it in the fourth and sped us up into some quick shots and mistakes,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “Our defense had been pretty solid all night, but had a couple breakdown possessions down the stretch, too.”
The Wardogs trailed 9-4 after the opening frame but used a 7-1 run over the final 2:29 of the second to open up an 18-15 halftime lead.
Miami led by as many as nine points (31-22) after a layup by Kai Hamilton. He was fouled, but failed to convert on the free throw.
A trey by the Eagles’ Jacob Eaton and a bucket from Eli Chenoweth left MHS with a 33-25 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Jinks was the Dogs’ leading scorer with 16 points.
Eli Coyne joined him in double figures with 10.
Miami’s other points came from Eli Chenoweth, who scored five, Jack Osborn four and Conner Womack and Kai Hamilton, three each.
Drake Carter and Josh Sabharwall had 18 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles.
Miami hosts Verdigris Tuesday night.