MIAMI — For one of the few nights this season, Miami’s boys struggled from the field.
As a result, the Wardogs dropped a 53-45 decision to Tulsa Lincoln Christian in the Class 4A Area II District 8 tournament here Friday, Feb. 16.
“We just couldn’t score tonight with all the different pressures and stuff they bring to the table, changing defenses,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We only turned it over 10 times. If you had told me that before hand, I would have taken that in a heartbeat.”
The Wardogs shot only 31 percent, canning 16 of their 51 total field goal attempts.
They were 1 of 19 from behind the 3-point line.
Miami (10-13) was within striking distance several times down the stretch and had narrowed the deficit to 46-45 with 2:20 left — but went scoreless the rest of the way.
“It wasn’t a case of not getting looks,” Mercer said. “We just could not put it in the basket. I thought our guys played hard and they gave us a chance. We did what we needed to do. It was just one of those nights where we just could not put it in the hole.”
The win was just the second in the last five games for the Bulldogs, who evened their season record at 12-12.
Kai Hamilton and Eli Lewis had 11 points each for the Wardogs.
Conner Womack chipped in with eight, followed by Kaleb Jinks with six, Drew Williams four, Grant Nolte with three and Eli Chenoweth, two.
Regan Streck, a 5-11 guard whose dad, Ron, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a game-high 20 points while 6-4 forward Kaleb Stokes added 13.
The Bulldogs also got points from six other players.
“They are extremely talented and very athletic, a lot of length, a lot of weapons,” Mercer said. “They can get scoring from a lot of people. I thought we did as good of a job defensively as I could ask. They really run it downhill at you.”
MHS will face either Fort Gibson or Claremore Sequoyah in an elimination game Thursday, Feb. 20 at Fort Gibson.