Ashford Golden scored a game-high 32 points to lead top-ranked Millwood to a 66-46 victory over seventh-ranked Howe Thursday in the first round of the Class 2A boys basketball tournament on the campus of Oklahoma City University.
“Ashford finally found his rhythm. At first he was frustrated and then he found his rhythm,” said Millwood head coach Varryl Franklin. “He’s a heck of a ball player and he got us going.”
The lanky guard scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Falcons shrug off a shaky start and cruise to victory. Mike Mays scored 15 points and Jalone Friday contributed 13 points for Millwood.
Millwood advances to the semifinals of the state tournament Friday at 9 p.m.
“It always feels good to get the first win out of the way,” said Franklin. “We played good – bad in some spurts – but we will get better. It was some first game jitters, but we know what it is about so we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
The Falcons took control of the game with an 8-0 run to close out the first half. Mays had six points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the top seed s a 31-23 lead at halftime.
After Howe score the first point of the third quarter, Golden spearheaded a 7-0 run that gave Millwood a double-digit lead and put the game out of reach.
Stephen Helmandollar scored 21 points for Howe in a losing effort.