Miami continued its trend of falling behind early then kicking things into high gear during Monday night’s 69-58 victory over Grove before a full house at the Dogdome.
The Wardogs were down 7-0 against Locust Grove on Friday then won by eight.
Then in Monday’s final regular-season game at the Civic Center, MHS dug its way out of a hole by scoring the final six points of the first quarter. That gave them a 15-10 advantage.
It outscored the Ridgerunners 19-10 in the second quarter then held a 16-15 edge in the third to chalk up a third straight win against Grove.
“We got down early again and just played a whale of a game after that,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We did a really good job of using our size to our advantage against a bigger team. We spread them out of their zone and really were able to attack the basket then get some easy shots.”
Miami had only two 3-point goals all night — one each by Hayden Delano and Kade Pogue.
“To have 69 points and get only two 3s, that means we did a pretty good job of attacking their zone,” Mercer said. “Plus we had a lot of free throws (34), which also means we’re attacking.”
The Wardogs were 25 of 34 at the free throw line, downing 10 of 16 in the fourth quarter. They were 5 of 6 in the third period.
The Wardogs had three players reach double figures, topped by Trent Turner with 20. Pogue added 18 and Rodriguez chipped in with 16.
Spychalski had 10 points for the Ridgerunners.
“It was a good effort all the way around,” Mercer said.
Grove 13 10 15 20 — 58
Miami 15 19 16 19 — 69
Grove — Spychalski 10, Harding 9, Miller 8, Martin 5, Graham 5, Harjo 5, Phillips 4, Johnson 4, Stephens 3, Madeiros 3, Hilton 2.
Miami — Turner 20, Pogue 18, Rodriguez 16, Blevins 7, Hunter 3, Delano 3.
3-point goals – Martin 1, Spychalski 1, Stephens 1, Graham 1, Madeiros 1, Harjo 1, Delano 1, Pogue 1.