SPERRY - Three players scored in double figures as Miami notched a 52-45 victory over the Owasso JV in a losers' bracket game Wednesday at the Sperry Tournament.
“I thought we played better,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said
The Wardogs opened the season with an impressive win over Coffeyville, Kan., but suffered a 34-32 loss to Bristow in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday.
“We showed more flashes of intensity that we need to play with,” Mercer said. “We still have a ways to go. We had a great performance the first night out, maybe higher than what we are right now. We hope we can get back to that level again.”
The Wardogs now face Berryhill at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the seventh-place game.
Miami's girls meet Collinsville today at 7 p.m. in a semifinal clash. The winner plays either Berryhill or Pawhuska in Saturday's 7 p.m. title game while the loser plays for third at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“Owasso had some good athletes and was well coached,” Mercer said. “They have some good-sized kids. Hurting from the night before, they are not the JV team you want to see.”
The Wardogs had led 13-9 after the first quarter, but Owasso rallied in the second period to tie the game at 23-23 at the break.
Two points each by James Pickens and Trent Turner, along with a clutch 3-point goal from Michael Anderson, helped Miami hold an 11-6 edge in the third quarter. That allowed the Dogs to carry a 34-29 lead into the final stanza.
Anderson got nine of his game-high 20 points over the final eight minutes as MHS held an 18-16 advantage.
“We have a chance to be a good basketball team, but maybe we have a few more flaws than what we originally thought after our first game,” Mercer said. “It's going to be a long season and hopefully we can get two wins out of this tournament and move on.”
Berryhill lost to Collinsville in the first round, but bounced back to topple Pawhuska in Wednesday's late game.
“This will be a little different from our first three games,” Mercer said. “Berryhill is smaller and doesn't quite have the athletes we've seen, but still is a good up-tempo team. We probably match up size-wise perfectly with them.”
Joining Anderson in double figures for the Wardogs were Turner and Pickens with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Jake Roberts was the only other Miami player to score points, finishing with nine.
Miami 52, Owasso JV 45
Owasso JV 9 14 6 16 - 45
Miami 13 10 11 18 - 54
Owasso JV - Nech 12, Colvin 8, Becker 5, Bontrager 4, Shoate 4, Spurgeon 3, Smith 3, Crasun 2, Johnson 2.
Miami - Anderson 20, Turner 13, Pickens 10, Roberts 9.
3-point goals - Smith 1, Becker 1, Nech 1, Roberts 2, Anderson 4, Turner 1. Total fouls - Owasso JV 15, Miami 10. Fouled out - none.