SPERRY — A driving layup by Trent Turner with four seconds remaining helped Miami pull out a 60-58 victory over Collinsville in the semifinals of the Sperry Invitational here Thursday night.
The Wardogs (3-0) now face Tulsa Holland Hall in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. championship game. Holland Hall had beaten Barnsdall 64-37 on Wednesday.
“It was a good win for us,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “The first quarter and first half were good to us. I thought we really set the tone. We really got them tired early. They are a team that wants to run and we’re a team that wants to run.
“It looked like we were in much better condition.”
The Wardogs had led 12-6 after the first quarter and coasted into the half with a 32-25 advantage.
Collinsville cut the gap to four points with a 17-14 edge in the third quarter, then outscored MHS 16-14 over the final eight minutes.
“We got lot transition stuff and were on the run,” Mercer said. “In the second half when we got a little tired, they did a little better job getting back. Then their size hurt us. They got back into it and really made it a game. We did a poor job of rebounding in the second half.”
Turner got the ball with 10 seconds left at the top of the key and drove past two Cardinal defender to score the game winner.
Tony Rodriguez then stole the inbounds pass by Collinsville and ran out the clock.
“It was a fun game for the fans,” Mercer said. “Both teams were really getting up and down. We fought hard. We really competed.”
This marked the third straight game that the Wardogs had a different player lead them in scoring.
Turner had a game-high 20 points for Miami. He got eight of his total in the fourth quarter and he had 12 in the second half.
He was joined in double figures by Casey Hunter and James Pickens with 16 and 13, respectively.
Pickens scored all 13 of his points in the first half, nailing three 3-point goals along the way.
Adam Harrell was the leader for Collinsville with 16 points.
Miami’s girls coasted to a 43-21 victory over Holland Hall in a consolation game.
“We played with a lot more intensity than the other day (Tuesday’s 49-48 overtime loss to Bristow,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “It was awful against Bristow. But I could tell we were ready to play today, even this morning.
“Really, at times, we tried to do too much.”
The Lady Wardogs play Barnsdall today at 7 p.m. in the consolation championship.
Miami 12 20 14 14 — 60
Collinsville 6 19 17 16 — 58
Miami — Turner 20, Hunter 16, Pickens 13, Rodriguez 6, Brice 4.
Collinsville — Harrell 16, Overhault 7, Rasmussen 6, Blakely 6, Fuller 4, Weabe 4, Isam 4, Moore 4, Iannello 4, Rush 3.
3-point goals — Pickens 3, Turner 2, Rush 1, Harrell 2, Overhault 1.