The Edmond Sun

July 1, 2013

Edmond Memorial cagers finish strong

John Martin
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs had four players in double figures and defeated neighboring Edmond Santa Fe, 72-59, to wind up action for the 2013 summer league schedule. Earlier, the Bulldogs overcame a barrage of 3-pointers by Western Heights to defeat the Jets, 74-56, to set up the showdown against Santa Fe in the finals.

Against the Wolves, senior Caleb McCain had the hot hand early, scoring three buckets during his first rotation while Christian Doolittle and Trey Sneed each had a pair of buckets and Taylor Hicks and Travis Glover each downed treys to give the Bulldogs a 20-15 first quarter advantage.

For the Wolfpack, sophomore Trey Evans had a pair of 3s and a free throw in the period on his way to a 25-point harvest. Evans had another 3 and a field goal while Deron Mims heated up for the Wolves in the second  quarter only to see Memorial's Jayden Snively hit two quick buckets. Teammate Garrett Pearson sank one of his classic treys for a 37-30 edge at the halfway point.

After Santa Fe pulled to within four, Bulldog Coach Shane Cowherd found a rhythm with sophomores Seth Van Horn, Kellen Manek and Doolittle along with seniors Sneed and Snively. During a seven-minute stretch, the lead swelled  from four to 66-42, with Manek leading the way with eight points and Doolittle had six of his 12 for the contest.

Van Horn directed the attack flawlessly while Snively and Sneed turned up the defensive pressure and added five points.                                                                

Evans and Mims had 44 of Santa Fe's 59 points, while Doolittle led the balanced Memorial attack with a dozen, followed by Sneed with 11 and McCain and senior point guard Hicks with 10 each. Snively and Manek each had six rebounds while Michael Green had a critical 3-pointer for the winners during the concluding period.

Attack of the Treys

Western Heights sank an unbelievable 10 3-pointers to stay within reach of Memorial until Snively ignited a scoring frenzy in the final stanza that resulted in 24 points for Memorial while the Jets could manage only 13.

It was the Trey Sneed Show early on and the slender 6-2 senior downed six points in the opening period and had 14 by halftime as the Bulldogs held a 38-32 margin. Sneed would finish with 16 points while Doolittle spread his scoring throughout the whole game and took game honors with 17.

Snively was again effective around the bucket, tallying seven in the fourth quarter to finish in double figures with 11. Six-foot-six senior gunner Jacob Essman swished three of his patented treys to add nine points and Manek had seven points to go with seven rebounds.

Pearson, Hicks and Glover each had treys for the hot-shooting Bulldogs and Van Horn added a pair of second-half baskets.