The Ridgerunners lost their two recent games against Collinsville 50-70 and against Jay at home 49-58.
Their first game of the two-night series was against Collinsville and had a rough start with a first quarter deficit of 7-19.
The Ridgerunners were able to pick up the scoring pace in the second quarter matching the Cardinals with a 17-17 run.
This ended the half with the Ridgerunners tailing 24-36.
The third quarter again say the Cardinals outscore the boys with the Ridgerunners trailing 32-51 by the end of the quarter.
The Ridgerunners kept the score close in the fourth and final quarter trailing by 1 with the final score 50-70.
Top shooters against Collinsville was Chat Hayes with 19 points added to the board.
Hayes went 7/7 at the line shooting an impressive 100 percent of his free throws.
Davis Dills also added 12 points followed by Zane Knox with seven and Wrangler Beal with five.
Over all the team shot an effective field goal percentage or eFG of 48.6 percent as compared to Collinsville’s 61.8 percent.
The eFG takes into account both two and three-point shots against attempts and applies weight accordingly.
The Ridgerunners did a great job drawing fouls from Collinsville giving them 27 free throw attempts of which they made 14 or 51.9 percent.
The boys also lead the game in steals with seven and blocked shots with five.
The game against the Jay Bulldogs took place on Saturday, Feb. 3 in what is typically a big rivalry game for the team.
The Ridgerunners took an early lead in the first quarter with a low starting score of 6-5 by the end of the first eight minutes.
The Bulldogs answered back with Grove trailing back at the start of the half 14-19.
The Ridgerunners continued to trail the Bulldogs but were able to close the score to a two-point difference during the fourth quarter 42-44 before ending regulation play with a loss of 49-56.
“Second change points hurt us against Jay, their size bothers us on the boards allowing them more opportunities,” said Coach Zach Trimble.
The Ridgerunners outshot the Bulldogs with an eFG of 46.6 percent compared to 35 by Jay.
The break down shows the boys from Grove shot 13/21 for two and 5/23 for three as compared to the Bulldogs 13/35 for two and 3/15 for three.
The game was essentially won at the free throw line with Grove making 8/11 or 72.7 percent and Jay dropping 21/23 or 91.3 percent.
Top shooters for the game was Dills and Jeff Crawford with 15 points each followed by Beal with six and Colin Rowton with five.
The boys will be facing Claremore for their final home game of the season Tuesday, Feb. 5 after the girl’s game which is also Senior night were the school will be recognizing those graduating seniors.
“Claremore is very good, and a well-rounded team,” said Trimble. “They have multiple scorers and good size and have the ability to score, we will have to control the temp and keep the scoring down to give us the best chance.
“Senior night is always special, and we have two seniors, Jeff Crawford and Davis Dills. Both have been apart of our program for a long time and have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears out there for us.
“We will miss both these guys a lot and wish them the best in their future, both will be successful."