VINITA — This may be a first for a Rusty Mercer-coached team: five players scored in double figures during Miami’s 65-49 victory over Dewey in a Class 4A Area II regional game here Thursday.
Kade Pogue netted a game-high 14 points, Casey Hunter and James Pickens had 11 each and Tony Rodriguez and Trent Turner chipped in with 10 apiece.
“I’d have to really, really search, but I’m not sure when the last time was, if I have ever had five in double figures,” Mercer said. “I know I’ve had four, not this year, but its been a long, long time. That’s awesome.
“That’s been a strength of this team the entire year — we just get points from everywhere. That’s kind of a microcosm of the way we’ve been.”
The Wardogs, winning for the first time in three tries this season at the James E. Sooter Activity Center, move on to play host Glenpool this afternoon in an elimination game.
Glenpool suffered an 82-60 loss to No. 1-ranked Star Spencer in a winners’ bracket game Thursday night on its home floor.
“We’ve got to play a little smarter,” Mercer said. “It’s a good match-up for us. If we play well, we’ve got a chance to move on.”
Miami never trailed against Dewey — but never could breath easy.
The Wardogs’ biggest lead of the afternoon was the final 16-point margin.
But they had been up by only three at the half, then outscored Dewey 19-9 in the third period. Pogue nailed both of his treys and Rodriguez got half of his 10 during the quarter.
The Bulldoggers shaved the deficit down to 10 on two occasions — 50-40 and 52-42 — but consecutive layups by Hunter and Pickens pushed the lead back to 14 with 3:42 remaining.
A 6-2 spurt by MHS left the Dogs with a 62-46 advantage at the 1:56 mark.
A bucket from inside by Hunter with 57 seconds left proved to be the final points of the game for both teams and gave Miami its 16-point margin of victory.
The Wardogs helped themselves by converting on 22 of 28 trips to the free throw line. However, with the Bulldoggers breathing down their neck down the stretch, they converted on only 5 of 9.
“We probably didn’t play as smart as we needed to at times — we let them hang around,” Mercer said. “This time of year, you don’t ask questions. You just take your ticket and move on.”
Colby Myers had 13 points to head up the Dewey scoring.
Dewey 9 15 9 16 — 49
Miami 18 9 19 20 — 65
Dewey — Myers 13, Casey Strate 9, Dozier 9, Peterson 8, Clint Strate 4, Johnson 2, Collins 2, Baker 2.
Miami — Pogue 14, Hunter 11, Pickens 11, Rodriguez 10, Turner 10, Delano 6, Blevins 4.