By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Oklahoma Bible Academy didn’t get a win in its Christmas-break sendoff.
OBA’s Adam Eaton scored a game-high 18, but Riley Hess and Trevor Johnson each tallied 14 for 3A No. 10 Alva as the Goldbugs won their sixth straight and their second against OBA in a week, 52-41 Tuesday at the Trojans’ gym.
Eaton and fellow Trojan forward Dylan White scored 14 apiece in the teams’ first matchup of the season Friday in the OBA Prep Classic at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Alva won that game 54-46, but took note of OBA’s inside advantage for Tuesday’s rematch, holding the pair to 11 combined points through three quarters to take a 39-25 lead into the fourth.
“What they do well is score inside,” said Alva coach Paul Duncan. “We wanted to try and take that away.”
“Last week when we played them, they kind of beat us up inside, so that was the game plan this week: not let it happen again,” said Hess, who finished with four blocks in helping to stymie OBA at the rim.
Eaton scored 10 of his 18 in the fourth as OBA tried to mount a rally and White added six in the frame to finish with nine in the game, but OBA couldn’t close the gap. Preston Atwood rimmed out a three that would have pulled OBA to within seven with 1:25 left, and Johnson completed a three-point play on a transition layup after the miss to end the Trojans’ comeback bid.
“They’re a great, athletic team,” said OBA coach Alan Ford. “They’re big, strong and fast. It’s hard any night playing against them, but our guys I think handled it pretty well. It’s good to play a team like that before Christmas.”
Alva has held opponents below 50 points in five games during its six-game run to improve to 6-1.
“We tripped-up at first (against Woodward), but they were the best team we’ve played so far,” Duncan said. “We’re just trying to learn our way and we have guys playing in new spots, we’re starting to figure it out defensively, but we’ll figure it out … We’re excited for after Christmas.”
Lane Madsen finished with 10 points for Alva, and Jeremiah Bozeman added six.
The loss was OBA’s second in three games following a 5-0 start that included two wins against ranked opponents. The Trojans visit Mooreland on Jan 7.
“It’s a good thing for us,” Ford said. “It makes us go into Christmas break with a little bit of focus. This should make our Christmas break practices a little more intense, since we did go into it on a little 1-2 skid, but we’re gonna look it as a positive. We have some things to get better on, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
ALVA 61, OBA 12 (G)
Jaden Hobbs scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second quarter as Alva built a double-digit lead in the frame that only grew, and the 3A No. 2 Ladybugs beat OBA, 61-12.
Alva led by just eight after the first quarter but hit eight of 11 attempts from the field in the second, outscoring OBA 21-2 in the frame and 14-0 in the third to build an insurmountable lead.
Alva put full-court pressure on OBA from the first quarter, forcing 20 Lady Trojan turnovers.
“Their full-court press is tough,” said OBA coach Patrick Rich. “They’re good, no doubt about it. When we ran our press breaker appropriately, it worked. We broke the press when we did it right … We had some opportunities for some layups — we had some pick and rolls, and some backdoor cuts — we just have to finish and the game might go differently; score a few buckets here and there to keep it close.”
OBA stayed patient on the offensive end early in the game, passing around the perimeter and probing for driving lanes, but rarely found any.
“We haven’t really seen that this year, so it wasn’t a bad idea,” said Alva coach Eric Smith. “We really had to adjust and be solid on their dribble penetration, but overall we did a good job guarding them.”
Nicole Ritter scored eight of her 12 in the first quarter, and Whitney Randle added 10 for the 7-0 Ladybugs, who finished with 15 steals.
Savannah Price had five and Ashley Atwood added four for OBA (3-5), which travels to Mooreland on Jan. 7, after Christmas break.