Dale coach Jeff Edmonson's halftime speeches are apparently working well this season.
For the fifth time this season, the Pirates erased a halftime deficit, defeating Bethel 54-50 Friday night in the NewsOK Varsity Fans' Choice Game of the Week at Bethel's B.E. Cantrell Fieldhouse.
Evan Anderson had four points at halftime and his Dale Pirates were trailing Bethel 28-23, but Anderson caught fire from the start of the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior scored 10 quick points on his way to 22 for the night to get Dale back on top for its 11th straight victory.
“The first half, we didn't do a very good job of crashing the boards, so the second half, that's what we did,” said Anderson, who had eight rebounds. “We usually seem to come out flat, so coach gets us in the locker room, tells us what to do and we come out and do it.”
Bethel made four 3-pointers in the first quarter to build its lead, but the shooting cooled off in the second half. Trevor Stark had 14 points and Garret Fitzgerald had 13 for the Wildcats.
Dale, ranked fifth in Class 2A, got 13 points and seven assists from Jace Wilkins and 12 points from Caleb Banks in knocking off its biggest rival.
“This is like our OU-OSU,” Edmonson said. “These kids go to church together, hang out together, so that adds a little bit to it.
“We play a tough schedule, and just about every night, we have to show up and play. We've had to come from behind several nights this season, and I really give it up to our kids for fighting like that.”
EDMOND NORTH HOLDS ON
Carlbe Ervin scored 26 points, and Edmond North was able to hold off a strong Putnam City North rally for an 82-80 victory.
David Montgomery and Tyler Sanders had 16 points apiece for Edmond North, while Austin Usery had 11.
Putnam City North trailed 47-34 at halftime, but rallied behind a 33-point performance from T.J. Jones. John Robert Simon added 18, and Kennedy Sullivan had 15.
TEEL'S 3 LIFTS STILLWATER
Carson Teel's go-ahead 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave Stillwater a 48-47 victory over Bishop McGuinness.
Stillwater fell behind 17-3 to start the game, but fought back behind Rico Thompson, who finished with 21 points. Brett Budke added 12 for the Pioneers.
Will Lienhard led the Irish with 15 points.
GRANT'S GUTIERREZ HAS TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN WIN
U.S. Grant won for the fourth time in the last nine days behind a triple-double from Jose Gutierrez.
The 6-foot-7 Gutierrez had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in the 49-34 victory over John Marshall. U.S. Grant won the Little Axe Tournament last weekend.
Devion Smith led John Marshall with 13 points.
Moore got 19 points from Maurice Davenport in a 54-48 win over Norman North. ... Shaquille Morris scored 21 and Sam Kreutzer added 16 as Edmond Memorial downed Del City 60-46. ... Putnam City West brothers Latron and Tyson Jolly combined for 34 points to lead the Patriots to a 67-54 win over Edmond Santa Fe. ... Southmoore missed a potential tying shot at the buzzer, giving Westmoore a 58-55 win behind 18 points from Dillon Thompson. ... Five Midwest City players reached double figures in a 68-48 win over Norman. ... Jared Price had 28 points to lead Carl Albert to a 65-48 win over Noble. ... Douglass' Stephen Clark had 30 points and brother Deondre Clark had 20 in an 80-55 win over Capitol Hill.