MIAMI — Verdigris proved its got more than just senior forward Brewster Peacock to throw at opponents.
Peacock did have a game-high 19 points, but Kade Keith had 11, Dixon and Brock Fugate scored nine each and Jason Carter added eight as the defending Class 3A state champs notched a 62-37 victory over Miami Tuesday night at the Miami Activity Center.
“You have to pay so much attention to Peacock otherwise he is just in front of the rim any time he wants,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We did a pretty good job against him, but you pick your poison. They only had two guys in double figures, but they put a few guys around him that can shoot it.
“They are athletic enough that they can cause some problems on the defensive end, too.”
Miami grabbed a 15-14 lead with 1:42 left in the opening frame on a layup by Kameron Jinks.
The Cardinals got back-to-back layups to open up a three-point lead by the end of the quarter, then held a 15-9 edge in the second and 13-4 in the third.
That made it 46-28 heading into the final stanza.
“It got to a point where we just didn’t have enough and it got away from us pretty quick,” Mercer said. “All of a sudden, you’re in a bad spot trying to play catch-up against them.”
Jinks was Miami’s leading scorer with 13 points. However, he got only one of those in the second half, hitting a third quarter free throw.
Jack Osborn added eight points, followed by Eli Coyne with seven, Kaleb Jinks with five and Kai Hamilton and Eli Chenoweth with two each.
The Dogs lost Coyne with 6:50 left in the game when he came down awkwardly on his right leg after contesting a shot by Peacock.
Mercer hopes Coyne will be able to play Thursday night against Oologah.
A tough week continues Friday when the Dogs host Vinita.
Miami wraps up the regular season Monday with Wagoner.
“It’s going to be a grind to get us through the regular season then try to get a little rest and have some legs going into the playoffs,” Mercer said. “It’s going to be quite a week.”