AMBER — Minco is Grady County’s only hope of taking home their own boys’ tournament trophy after they beat Dibble in a semifinal 39-37.
Asher Baade fueled the Bulldogs’ second half offense that took them through to the Saturday final against Edmond’s Oklahoma Christian Academy. He scored 11 of his 13 points on the night in the second half, while forward Blake Schneberger racked up 11 points to take the Bulldogs to their second final in as many years.
Preston Strugell scored 15 for a game-high, while Drake Sumner added 10 to Dibble’s cause.
Points were at a premium, mostly because no one seemed able to convert their shots. A very low 13-12 halftime score illustrated the difficulties both teams faced. Yet, it remained on a razors edge right up until the final minutes.
Baade got Minco going in the third, with seven points in the quarter. Five more from Nate Herndon gave the Bulldogs the lead they needed, but Dibble wasn’t done.
Sumner started winning the battle down low, scoring from both blocks either side of a Ruiz steal to give Dibble its first lead of the game in the fourth. Schneberger then struck twice at the other end to put Minco back ahead in a final frame that became more frantic by the second. Baade’s sprint down the court to get the basket and the foul put some daylight between the teams and gave him 12 for the night.
Browning’s looping three point shot cut that lead a little and kept Dibble in a high press defense and high tempo offense. Minco made their foul shots count. The Demons had a put-back layup go in late, but it was all too late.
Saturday Grady County Tournament Schedule:
Consolation Finals- Dibble vs. Minco (girls), 11 a.m.; Verden vs. Amber-Pocasset (boys), 12:20 p.m.
Third Place Finals- Alex vs. Amber-Pocasset (girls), 1:40 p.m.; Alex vs. Dibble (boys), 3 p.m.
Finals- Rush Springs vs. OCA (girls), 6:30 p.m.; OCA vs. Minco (boys), 8 p.m.