OAKS, Okla. - After the hard-fought girls game, the boys took the court, but the Colcord Hornets were to dominate the whole game.
Colcord 61, Oaks 28
The Oaks Warriors made a good run at the Hornets and got within four points in the second period, but the Hornets dropped in four quick points just before the half ended.
“We felt good about the way we played the first half; we were down by 4 late in the 2nd quarter, but gave up 4 more points just before the half,” said Warriors Head Coach Tony Arnold.
The first period closed out with Oaks 9, Colcord 15 and the 2nd period ended with Oaks 21 and Colcord 29.
As the second half began, the Hornets poured on the coal and added 18 more points in the 3rd, while holding the Warriors to just two free throw points.
“The second half was not typical of Warrior shooting, Colcord has a couple of bigs around the basket, and size and length on the perimeter,” said Arnold. “Their length affected our shooting and we just went cold.”
Warriors’ Shaun Reed had the team high score at nine points, with seven points coming from free throws and Aaron Budder had seven points, including one 3-pointer.
Isaac Foreman scored the only other 3-pointer for the Warriors.
“That rarely happens at Oaks; it’s a tough place to win, as a visitor… Colcord played well, they have some young guys to watch,” said Arnold.
Colcord Hornets had three players in double digits; team high scorer freshman Eyan Williams at 14 points, sophomore Jerred Ford #24 had 12 points and sophomore Gabe Tuell put up 10 points.
Overall, nine different Hornets put points on the board, including freshmen Jesses Martinez and Kolton Ford, off the bench, each dropping in a 3-pointer in the fourth period.
Merrick Ellis and Tyler Duncan, the only seniors on the team, each added six points.
As the game progressed, third period ended with Oaks 23 and Colcord 47, with the final score: Oaks 28, Colcord 61.
“I thought we played pretty well; a little slow a first, but came on to put Oaks away,” said Hornets Head Coach Jarrod Earp. “Offensively and defensively, I thought we put it all together for a full game, finally…it was a good win.”
The Hornets will travel to meet the Bluejacket Chieftains on Tuesday, January 28, then will host Wyandotte on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
The Warriors will travel to Foyil to battle the Panthers on Thursday, January 30.