MIAMI — Bouncing back from one of the toughest losses of the season won’t be easy for the Miami boys.

The Wardogs fell to 5-12 with a tough 42-41 loss at Claremore Sequoyah Friday night.

Next on the horizon: 3A No. 3 Verdigris Tuesday night at the Miami Activity Center.

“We just want to play well, develop a good rhythm all week heading into the playoffs next week,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “It will be quite a challenge slowing Verdigris down. Peacock averages 30 points a game, but they put a lot of guys that can score and shoot it around him.”

Friday’s loss was the fifth by five points or fewer for the Wardogs.

Miami saw a 35-27 lead with 6:50 remaining flipped around when Sequoyah went on a 15-6 run.

Kameron Jinks was the Dogs’ leading scorer with 16 points and Eli Coyne added 10.

Verdigris claimed a 64-44 victory over the Wardogs on Jan. 13

However, the Cardinals, 15-5, suffered a 78-57 beat down at the hands of 4A No. 17 Jay Friday night.

“I am getting their (the Bulldogs) film,” Mercer said. “I don’t think they did anything out of the ordinary. Jay is 17-3 and pretty darn good.”

Miami’s girls managed only nine points in the Jan. 13 meeting at Verdigris.

“We had a rough go-around the first time we played them,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus. “We have some adjustments to make and continue to get better.”

The Lady Wardogs suffered a 44-22 loss at Sequoyah Friday night.

That’s the second straight for Miami since a 47-41 win here on Jan. 27.

“We are a little hesitant when we get the ball,” Preaus said. “We have to respond to defensive pressure better. We can’t get intimidated by who we are playing. We just need to go play the best we can, make adjustments and improvements.”

Tuesday’s outings start a three-game week for Miami.

It hosts Oologah in a make-up game Thursday then entertains Vinita Friday night.