Boys basketball: Rangers top Indians
STILWELL — Roland High sophomore basketball player Jaxon Wiggins scored a team-high 19 points and had three steals as the Rangers turned an expected tight grind it out ballgame into a one-sided affair as Roland spoiled host Stilwell’s senior night with a 72-63 victory in a NOAA Conference Tuesday night.
The final score wasn’t indicative of how one-sided the game was up as the Rangers were up as many as 26 points with under four minutes to go in the third quarter.
Senior Cameron Daniel scored 15 points while Darrius Phillips, Hayden Riggs and Justin Harvey all scored nine points while Chase Pyeatt scored six points with nine rebounds.
Riggs had a game-high six assists.
“I thought we played really well the first three quarters,” Roland coach Ed Lewis said. “Shared the ball and played good defense. Fortunate that they missed some shots early that they hit in the fourth quarter but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Roland — who came into the game winners of six-straight games all of which were by at least 19 points — came out like gangbusters scoring 24 points and taking a 24-14 lead after one.
The Rangers kept the Stilwell crowd that was just waiting for a reason to cheer silent throughout the majority of the game.
“It was a good win,” Harvey said. “They press a lot so we had to be smart with the ball. We all balanced the game it was pretty even scoring, everybody did good.”
Roland (18-3) who came into the game ranked No. 9 in Class 4A, didn’t allow Stilwell who was ranked No. 12 also in 4A, to get within nine points in the second quarter.
The Rangers led the Indians 41-24 going into halftime.
“We moved the ball good,” Riggs said. “Pass it to the wide open man it’s pretty simple. If you’re open you get the ball.”
The Indians previously defeated the Rangers 69-67 back on Dec. 19 in Roland but since the Rangers fell in the opening round of the NEO Tournament in Miami to Class 5A No. 9 ranked Claremore back on Jan. 19 Roland has been playing lights out.
Roland remembered the loss to Stilwell well because the Rangers had to sit on that loss for nearly two weeks until their next game.
The Rangers went into the fourth quarter up 61-39 and the Indians gathered some steam and made the score respectable.
Stilwell (17-4) cut Roland’s lead down to six at 69-63 with 28.4 left in the game.
“They are a good team and real smart,” Harvey said. “They are athletic, can score and do all those things that you need to be good.”
Jacob Christie led Stilwell with 19 points, Scott Eubanks scored 12, Logan Mattox and Lucas Wolfe both scored nine and Tyson Fourkiller scored eight in the loss.
Lewis wasn’t surprised that Stilwell made a run in the fourth quarter.
“They did a good job and hit some big 3s there,” he said. “They got the game back close and we expected a run from them. I was glad we were able to a few free throws late and change defenses and hold them off.”
Stilwell outscored Roland 24-11 in the fourth quarter.
It was the second time the Rangers topped the Indians this year the first being in the championship game of the Hilldale Tournament.
Roland will wrap up its regular season tonight when they host Poteau on senior night.
Tip-off is slated for an 8 p.m. start.
The Rangers scored a season-high 92 points in a 92-52 victory at Poteau back on Jan. 9.
Roland is looking to take care of business tonight and get ready for what the Rangers hope is another run at the State tournament.
“I just hope we continue to work hard and play hard,” Lewis said. “Play together and we’ll see what happens.”