TULSA - Miami's return to life as a 5A school wasn't an enjoyable one.
Tulsa Kelley, which made life miserable for the Wardogs while members of the Metro Lakes Conference, was up to its old trick again Friday night during the east regional basketball tournament at the Jim Sellars Field House on the campus of Edison High School.
"We played tight - we didn't play at what I call the magic level,'" Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. "I am not sure if we would have, if it would have made a difference. They are really a well-oiled machine. They have weapons all over the floor."
This marked the Wardogs' first appearance in Class 5A since the 1999-2000 season and its was Kelley's 12th straight win against the Wardogs dating back to the 1993-94 campaign.
Miami's last win over the Comets was on Jan. 14, 1994, when a 12-0 run down the stretch gave it a 72-62 victory at the Dogdome.
The seventh-ranked Comets (16-6) faced No. 6 Tulsa Edison (17-6) in Saturday's championship game. The host Eagles routed Tulsa Rogers 77-40 in the nightcap.
Miami closes its season at 15-7.
When the Comets weren't getting buckets on backdoor cuts, they were pumping away
“We got beat by a really good basketball team, Mercer said. “I think they will go a ways (in the playoffs).
The Comets nailed seven 3-point goals and eight buckets on drives along the baseline.
Kelley broke out to a 13-3 lead in the first five minutes of the contest and rarely looked back.
The Comets led 17-9 after one quarter then used an 8-2 edge down the stretch to open up a 33-19 halftime advantage.
Things didn't get any better in the second half, as Kelley outscored MHS 16-10 and
“At every position, they can do so many things, Mercer said. “They made it extremely difficult for us to guard them and on the other end, they are probably the best defensive team we've seen this year. It wasn't pressure oriented and they didn't make us turn the ball over. They were like an umbrella. They gave us absolutely no open lanes.
Michael Anderson had 11 points for the Wardogs. Cody Corntassel was limited to nine.
“They had a match-up with Cody (6-7 center Nick Bettinger), Mercer said. “We didn't get easy buckets out of him like we normally do. They just made it extremely difficult for us on both ends of the floor.
Tyler Mitchell had 19 points to lead four players in double figures for Kelley. Matt Reynolds and Chris O'Brien had 12 each and Bettinger chipped in with 11.
Miami 9 10 10 14 - 43
Tulsa Kelley 17 16 16 19 - 68
Miami - Anderson 11, Corntassel 9, Couch 7, Turner 7, Freeman 6, Roberts 3.
Kelley - Mitchell 19, Reynolds 12, O'Brien 12, Bettinger 11, Frazier 7, Joe Dowdell 3, Thalken 2, Jack Dowdell 2.
3-point goals - Miami, Couch 2, Anderson 2, Roberts 1, Turner 1, Freeman 1; Kelley, Reynolds 2,O'Brien 2, Joe Dowdell 1, Frazier 1, Mitchell 1.