MIAMI — Miami coach Rusty Mercer implored his Wardogs to take charge in the third quarter against Claremore Sequoyah.

They did.

An 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the third period helped the Dogs take charge in a 55-25 romp Monday, Feb. 12 at the MAC.

“I was a little disappointed we didn’t stretch it out, but talked about putting it away in the third quarter,” Mercer said. “We came out of the locker room and got that done with the first five or six possessions of the second half.”

The win sends Miami (10-11) into the playoffs on an upbeat note (winning two of three) and avenged a 16-point loss to the Eagles in the season opener.

Sequoyah (3-18) had 12 points in the second half and had four single-digit quarters.

The Eagles’ 25 points is the second-fewest allowed by MHS this season.

“We really were scrappy (on defense),” Mercer said. “We were trying to get out and be a little more aggressive out of our man-to-man. I thought we got a lot of hands on balls. I thought we came up with a ton of loose balls.

Miami broke out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

It was 11-8 after one, 22-13 at the break and 39-21 heading into the fourth.

“Our guys were really hungry and were ready tonight,” Mercer said. “We showed up.”

Eli Lewis had 19 points and Kale Jinks delivered 14 for Miami.

Eli Chenoweth tallied eight, Kai Hamilton, Grant Nolte and Drew Williams added four each and Conner Womack scored two.

Josh Sabharwall had five for the Eagles.

Next:

Miami hosts Tulsa Lincoln Christian at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the MAC in the Class 4A Area II District 8 tournament.