By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
The Mooreland Bearcats had a 7-0 lead before the Beaver Dusters had even taken a shot. Beaver did get on track, but it was too little too late as the Dusters fell to the Bearcats, 50-38 at the Oil Center Classic in Woodward.
“They were on their game,” Dusters coach Devon Thrash said. “They hit their shots and we didn’t. I thought we played pretty good defense tonight. We were there with a hand in their face; they just knocked down a lot of tough shots.”
Mooreland’s Kaden Williams (25 points) had the hot hand at the end of the first quarter as Beaver cut the lead cut the lead to just four. Williams hit a four-point play with 2:30 left in the first, then hit a buzzer-beating three, and another to start the second quarter as Moorland pushed their lead to 15, at 26-1
It was Beaver’s turn as they went on an 8-0 run, before finally cutting the lead to a single digit at half, 30-22.
“In the first half, we did a good job of getting the ball inside to our big boys,” Thrash said. “Foul trouble made it hard to keep doing that. In the second half they really packed it in with their zone, and we had trouble making open shots.”
Mooreland’s packed-in zone forced the Dusters to make the open shots they were given, and this was a night where they were not falling. Beaver’s best outside shooter, Trenton Downing, missed his first nine shots before finally hitting two threes late after the outcome had been decided.
Kalen Gabel led the Dusters with 12 points, despite seeing limited action because of foul trouble that kept him on the bench for long stretches. David Rivera scored 8. Beaver outrebounded Mooreland as a team, 33-26
Beaver faced Sharon-Mutual for third place Saturday after they lost to Forgan.