AMBER — After watching top-seed Alex run away in their win, Minco proved could also pave a path to the Grady County Tounament title in style with a huge 67-43 win over Ninnekah.
The second seed scored from every angle against the Owls, much like leading scorer Asher Baade who led the team with 14 points. The Bulldogs missed out on the title in the final game last year by the skin of their teeth to Verden, and there was definitely a show of intent from the Bulldogs in their opener.
Minco showed they came to play early. Schneberger was active down low, including a put back layup that sparked a 12-0 run midway through the first. But most of that belonged to Baade, whose speed truly killed. He had six on fast break layups before the Owls called a timeout to try and slow down the momentum. Serious damage had already been done. A Baade three ended the first quarter with the Bulldogs up 21-6.
Baade sank his second three of the game in the second quarter, but by then Ninnekah had started scoring more regularly. Blake Daggs had eight in the first half with some good work inside the perimeter. That’s also where the Owls did most of their defending, leaving the flanks exposed for Hunter Jones and Hayden Hines to sink a few from beyond the arc and build a 37-16 lead by halftime.
It went from bad to worse for the Owls in the third quarter. Minco sank three from beyond the arc in an 11-0 run that prompted a timeout. It expanded their lead to about thirty by the end of the third and past that early in the fourth.