ENID, Okla. —
Winless Oklahoma Bible Academy’s girls (0-3) welcome a second chance at unbeaten Alva (3-0) in a 1:30 p.m. first-round game at the OBA Prep Classic Powered by KGWA Sports today at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum.
The Ladybugs beat the Lady Trojans 51-32 in Alva on Nov. 30 behind 22 points from freshman Jaden Hobbs.
“It’s a good chance to get some revenge,’’ said OBA coach Patrick Rich. “Alva is a good team and well-coached. We saw what they did, but they saw what we did.’’
Alva also has wins over Woodward (54-27) and Blackwell (60-32).
“They try to get the ball into Hobbs’ hands as much as they can,’’ Rich said. “They can get up and down the floor well. They shoot it a lot. The Hobbs girl is really good.’’
The Alva loss was the closest of OBA’s first three games (60-34, Waukomis) and (73-26, Frontier), but Rich is not discouraged.
“Twenty points isn’t a blowout in basketball ... a few things here and there and it’s a five or six-point game,’’ he said. “It’s not like we’re getting blown out of the water. If we cut down on our turnovers and slow down No. 23 (Hobbs) we have a chance to win.’’
Of course, that can be a “big if.’’
“We have had a lot of turnovers,’’ Rich said. “We have to get better on defense. We’re allowing too many points a game.’’
The Lady Trojans are still rounding into tournament shape, Rich said. He is trying to stay positive, pointing out OBA has kept a good attitude.
“Every time we step on the floor, we get better in some way,’’ Rich said. “The most important step for us right now is to get better, find something to improve on each game.”
All tournament games will be available online at KGWANews.com. KGWA (960 AM) will broadcast the last three games today and Friday and every game Saturday.
EATON MAKES RETURN TO TROJANS
While his teammates were facing Frontier and Alva, Oklahoma Bible Academy’s Adam Eaton spent last week drilling water wells in Niger.
“Everyone understood why he needed to go. God told him to go. We’re just glad he’s back.’’
Eaton came back a changed person.
“He came back a little more mature, with a little more grasp on reality about what’s really important in life,’’ Ford said. “He’s come back a better leader for the team. I can see when we get into practice, he’s got that look in his eyes ... it’s go time. It’s just good to have him back.’’
Eaton had 18 points in a 68-32 win over Waukomis before leaving. The Trojans (2-1) beat Frontier 49-40 and lost to Alva 68-46 without him.
“The guys played well together without him,’’ Ford said. “Everybody stepped up, not just one guy. It was impressive to see the team play well.’’
Ripley (5-0) comes into the tournament ranked No. 19 in 2A with wins over Oilton (58-44), Mulhall-Orlando (46-33), Frontier (52-36), Coyle (50-44) and Agra (48-44).
The Warriors beat OBA 52-51 in overtime in their tournament a year ago, but the Trojans got revenge in the district tournament 38-33 behind 13 points from Eaton.
“We need to get it inside,’’ Ford said. “When we beat them last year, we got the ball to Adam Eaton a lot. We got to trust our post players to get rebounds and go score underneath the basket.’’
Eaton won’t be rusty. He got to play some basketball at the U.S. Embassy in Niger against some French Nationals.
Ford played in the OBA (then KOFM) Prep Classic as a player for the Trojans in the tournament’s first two years (2003 and 2004). He’s pumped for it.
“It’s a lot of fun,’’ he said. “I like the guys being on the radio. Playing in the Coliseum, it feels bigger than 2A basketball. This is a good precursor if you make it to the area tournament.’’