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December 5, 2012

OBA tournament opens Thursday

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.

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