Special to The Sun
The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Northeast Academy Vikings with a 79-38 victory in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational Friday in Edmond.
Edmond Memorial jumped out to an early 17-7 advantage after the first eight minutes.
Northeast had no answer for the Bulldogs’ size down low as Memorial’s Shaquille Morris scored six of the team’s first 11 points. Aaron Young got in on the action as well with four first-quarter points of his own.
Memorial’s defense was key early as they forced the Vikings to earn all seven of their first quarter points from outside the paint and from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs broke open the game in the second period as they outscored Northeast Academy 19-6. They opened the quarter with a 13-4 run in the first six minutes. Terrel Bruner led all scorers in the period with six points while Young finished with five. The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 36-13 lead.
Morris got things going again for the Bulldogs in the second half. He proved to be a force with two dunks in the first minute of the third quarter.
“With Jordan (Woodard) out, our whole focus is our inside strength and dominating through that play,” Edmond Memorial head coach Shane Cowherd said after the game. “Sometimes we haven’t always done the best job, but tonight it was an objective and the boys accomplished it.”
The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 25-10 in the third period to take a 61-23 lead going into the fourth.
Chandler Lidia scored seven points in the fourth to lead Memorial. The Bulldogs’ bench played a major role down the stretch of the game as they helped ice the team’s 79-38 semifinal victory.
Young led all scorers with 15 points in the game while Sam Kreutzer and Bruner combined for 16. Memorial’s bench scored 28 points including 20 in the second half.
“Guys get opportunities because they grind every day in practice,” Cowherd said. “They do all the grunt work to help the first eight get better. It’s important for a team concept because it keeps everybody working and it presents an opportunity to show what the other guys can do as well. It was a total team effort.”
Memorial came into the game at 11-2 and ranked second in Class 6A, following a six-point loss at No. 1 Midwest City on Tuesday.
With the win, the Bulldogs advanced to the finals of the Bruce Gray Invitational where they will take on the Mustang Broncos at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.