TULSA – A pair of teams Miami has seen only once before in recent history provides the opposition for non-conference basketball action Tuesday night when it tackles Tulsa Rogers.
Both MHS teams went up against Rogers in last year's Northeastern A&M High School Basketball Tournament.
The Miami boys claimed a 57-48 victory over the Ropers in the Boys Gold third-place game.
The Rogers' girls coasted to a 57-36 decision in a Girls Gold semifinal.
The Wardogs (4-0) used two free throws by Colt Summers with 7.9 seconds remaining to claim a 56-54 victory over Lamar, Missouri, and wrap up a third straight Seneca Invitational title Saturday night.
Rogers, 4-3 on the season, is coming off a third-place finish in the Hilldale tournament.
The Ropers beat Checotah 64-44 in the first round but fell 65-55 to Roland in the semifinals.
They bounced back to blow out host Hilldale 66-48 on Saturday.
Rogers opened the season with a 97-73 loss to 4A No. 1 Tulsa Central then fell 73-72 to 4A No. 9 Tulsa Webster.
It finally broke into the win column by upsetting 4A No. 4 Tulsa McLain 57-56.
“That will be a toughie,” Miami boys' coach Rusty Mercer said. “It's always tough coming off a tournament, having a Tuesday night game on the road and playing against someone the caliber of Rogers. It will be quite a challenge, but again another test to see where we are at.”
The Rogers girls suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night when Hilldale claimed a 50-48 decision.
The Lady Ropers had topped Checotah 59-20 and Roland 37-34 in their first two tournament games.
Included in their first four wins was a 49-39 victory against Cushing, where former Miami coach Brian Busby is in his second season.
Miami's girls dropped a 40-35 decision to the Locust Grove JV in the fifth-place game of the Big Dawg Shootout at Vinita on Saturday.
The Lady Wardogs are 0-4 on the season and they've dropped 13 straight dating back to a 41-30 win over Western Heights in a consolation game at the NEO tournament.
The date with Rogers helps fill one of the gaps created when Grove and Pryor were unable to work Miami into their schedules after the Metro Lakes Conference expanded back to eight teams.
“There's just not a lot of people out there,” Mercer said. “The three people we picked up were by looking on state websites and word of mouth. In this this day and age, it's difficult to find non-conference games. People are pretty full usually and try to stay status quo with their schedule year after year. They (Rogers) were looking for games and we found a date that worked out.”
Also new to the schedule this year are games with Verdigris, Claremore Sequoyah and Inola – all added to the Verdigris Valley Conference.
“We were trying to be proactive and get Verdigris, Sequoyah Claremore and Inola in this year because it's so difficult to schedule,” Mercer said. “You want those automatic conference games so you don't have to go out and find anybody.”
Miami hosts Inola Friday in Valley games that will be played at the Civic Center.