Grove Ridgerunners won against Tahlequah 49-42 in a heated game Friday Dec. 1 at home.
The game which had fans out of the seats, players upset and refs giving ejection warnings was tense at times.
During the second half of the game fans left their seats when Tahlequah’s Braxton Stopp appeared to shoulder check Grove's Chad Hayes in the ribs.
However despite the visible and verbal frustration from fans and players yelling for Stopp to be ejected from the game the officials determine to call a technical foul instead of a flagrant foul.
During the following few minutes of play the Ref told one fan, “keep quiet if you want to remain in the game young man,” after being questioned over goaltending from Stopp.
The official did explain to the fan that goal tending is allowed in high school basketball before giving his verbal warning.
Stopp was once again fouled after blocking a shot by Davis Dills from behind and grabbing Dills by the head dropping him to the court.
Despite his aggressive play style, Stopp only scored two points in 24 minutes of play.
"We just talk about keeping our composure and controlling our emotions," Coach Zach Trimble said. "Play our game and let the chips fall where they may.”
Grove led the game from the beginning with an 11-0 lead over the Tigers at the end of the first quarter.
The game had the makings of a runaway for the Ridgerunners when they finished the first half of play with a 20-5 score.
Tahlequah was able to regroup and get back into the game but Grove had grown their lead to 34-13 midway through the third quarter.
The last two minute of play saw a three point game with Grove leading 45-42 over the Tigers.
The Ridgerunners where able to prevent the Tigers from scoring any additional point for the remainder of the game giving them their second win of the season.
"[The] win was very important. Metro Lakes Conference is so tough anytime you can get a win its good," Trimble said. "It was a good team win, [we] had a couple guys struggle offensively but it didn’t affect them on the defensive end, [they] showed their toughness and pride playing both ends of the floor.”
Overall the team is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 39 which takes into consideration the point difference in shots.
They boys are also shooting 73.4 percent from the free throw line which is a vast improvement over the first game of the season against Skiatook at 48 percent.
Both Zane Knox and Wrangler Beal put up big points for the night with 20 for Knox and 13 for Beal.
Knox shot an eFG of 60 percent and was hitting 72.7 percent of this free throws for the night.
The Ridgerunners will play against Collinsville Tuesday Dec. 5 at home following the Lady’s game at 6 p.m.
Last year the team went one for one against Collinsville and will be looking to continue their momentum.