BROKEN ARROW — Fresh off winning its own tournament just three nights earlier, Broken Arrow coach Beau Wallace wanted to make sure his undefeated and Class 6A No. 2-ranked team was prepared to return to Frontier Conference action Tuesday night.
“I thought our team was a little lackadaisical when they came into the locker room today,” Wallace said after his Tigers kept its perfect record intact with a 72-63 victory against Class 6A No. 14 Owasso at Tiger Field House. “So, I challenged the players to get them ready since we have had some slow starts to games.”
Broken Arrow (5-0, 2-0) never trailed — scoring the game’s first seven points — while building as much as a 13-point lead in the second half before staving off a fourth-quarter rally by the Rams (1-1, 1-1).
Camryn Dennis scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and Caleb Huffman, saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, notched nine of his 12 points in the second half for the Tigers.
Teammate Josh Robinson chipped in 18 points, connecting on 8-of-13 from the floor, while also grabbing five rebounds.
Broken Arrow led 31-24 at the half and appeared to have the game in hand when Robinson hit a pair of free throws to give Broken Arrow a 45-32 advantage with 2:23 to play in the third quarter.
But Courtre Alexander, who paced all scorers with 21 points and added a game-high seven rebounds, had a basket and a traditional three-point play as Owasso ended the period on a 12-4 run to trail just 49-44 entering the final quarter.
Alexander then had the Rams’ first six points of the fourth period as Owasso drew to within 53-50.
That’s when Huffman, who picked up his fourth foul in the final seconds of the third period, made big plays on three successive Tiger possessions.
He tallied on a scoop move to the basket, then converted on a traditional three-point play.
With the Tigers clinging to a one-point lead, he found Logan Dolan open in the right corner and Dolan swished a 3-pointer to give BA a 61-57 lead with 4:12 to play. That trey ignited an 8-2 run to help the Tigers pull away.
Seth Pomeroy scored 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while Hayden Peterson had 11 points for the Rams.
Owasso 45, Broken Arrow 30 (girls)
Mya Bhinhar, back in the lineup after missing the Rams’ first game with an injury, scored the game’s first seven points and the Class 6A No. 13 Rams rolled to a win.
Bhinhar finished with 13 points while teammate Tiya Douglas led all scorers with 21.
Bhinhar also added five second-half assists, and grabbed five boards. Avery Vancuren chipped in a team-high eight boards for Owasso.
Kinsey Callen led Broken Arrow (1-4, 0-2) with 10 points.
OWASSO 45, BROKEN ARROW 30 (girls)
Owasso 11 11 13 10 — 45
Broken Arrow 2 11 4 12 — 30
Owasso (1-1, 1-1): Douglas 21, Bhinhar 13, Boone 7, Vancuren 2, Williams 2 .
Broken Arrow (1-4, 0-2): Callen 10, Nascimento 6, Bowker 6, Duffey 3, Hytche 3, Hines 2.
BROKEN ARROW 72, OWASSO 63 (boys)
Owasso 15 9 20 19 — 63
Broken Arrow 20 11 18 23 — 72
Owasso (1-1, 1-1): Alexander 21, Pomeroy 13, Peterson 11, Thompson 9, Mason 6, Killion 2, Jacobs 1.
Broken Arrow (5-0, 2-0): Dennis 19, Robinson 18, Huffman 12, Boyer 9, Dolan 6, Smith 4, Everette 4.