It came a couple days earlier than planned, but it was “Flashback Night” at the Dogdome on Friday.
Miami turned in an effort reminiscent of earlier in the season during a 67-59 victory over Locust Grove.
“I saw some signs of the team that I saw earlier in the year,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We were hard to guard, We got the ball up and down the floor. We converted on made shots, converted on missed shots and converted on turnovers. We were really patient.”
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wardogs while Locust Grove suffered its third straight setback.
Miami plays its final regular-season game in the Dogdome Monday night, hosting Grove.
Former players and coaches have been invited to attend an evening full of activities starting at 4:30 p.m.
Friday’s game got off to a rocky start for the Wardogs as Locust Grove broke out to a 7-0 lead.
A 3-point goal by James Pickens got things rolling for MHS, and by the time the first quarter ended, the Dogs were up 18-11.
They continued to pull away in the second quarter, thanks to an 18-10 advantage.
“We just started playing like sophomores again,” said Locust Grove coach Ronnie Maple, a 1992 MHS grad who had spent the previous five seasons at Afton.
“We’re trying to find our leaders,” Maple said. “I am proud of the kids for hanging in there and battling.”
The Pirates found their footing in the third quarter, outscoring the hosts 17-11. A trey at the buzzer by C.J. Stafford left Miami with a nine point bulge heading into the final stanza, 47-38.
Locust Grove was within seven on two occasions early in the fourth quarter, but a pair of free throws by Trent Turner sent the Wardogs on a game-turning 9-2 run.
They followed that up by outscoring the visitors 8-5 during a 90-second stretch that created a 67-51 lead.
The Pirates scored the last seven points of the game to create the final margin.
Three players scored in double figures for the Wardogs. James Pickens had 16 points, nailing four treys — three in the first nine minutes of play.
Turner chipped in with 15 points and a team-high seven assists, while Casey Hunter added 12.
Miami converted on 13 of 19 trips to the free throw line while Locust Grove was 9 of 10.
Nathan Forrest had 13 points and Pud Ross added 11 for the Pirates. Adrian Houser and Anthony Mounce, who had 21 in the first meeting with Miami, finished with nine each.
Locust Grove 11 10 17 21 — 59
Miami 18 18 11 20 — 67
Locust Grove — Forrest 13, Ross 11, Houser 9, Mounce 9, Stafford 8, Dawson 5, Raith 2, Crittenden 2.
Miami — Pickens 16, Turner 15, Hunter 12, Brice 9, Pogue 6, Blevins 5, Rodriguez 4.
3-point goals — Forrest 3, Stafford 2, Dawson 1, Pickens 4, Pogue 2.