Special to The Sun
Fresh from an impressive march to the championship of the Junior Varsity Division of the annual University of Oklahoma Basketball Camp, the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs freshmen basketball team continued its improbable run through a tough summer league with a 66-28 trouncing of the Okarche Varsity in the Memorial gym Wednesday.
Coach Brandon Weaver's talented squad, composed of players from Central and Cimarron Middle Schools and Oakdale, lost only to Edmond Santa Fe, but captured their pool play and then faced undefeated Carroll Lakeview, located near Dallas.
Brady Manek, who averaged 17.1 points through the rugged 10 games in three days schedule, had 19 in the championship game, including six in the final quarter when Lakeview made a run. Manek, Jake Pierson and Marlique Depp controlled the boards for the Bulldogs and Weaver got contributions from all 12 members of the team.
Cameron Evans had four steals and sank two crucial free throws in the final period to give him eight for the game. Pierson led all rebounders with seven while Depp had six boards and added 11 points.
In the victory over Okarche, Memorial jumped out to a 22-11 first quarter lead as Pierson had the hot hand, draining a trey and two field goals for seven points. Evans had a pair of steals that turned into layups, Dawson Hicks added a pair of free throws, Manek had a trey and Robert Mickelson, Brock Hummell and Jack Eversbach also broke into the scoring column.
The Bulldogs put the defensive clamps on in the second period as the Warriors managed only three points to fall into a 37-14 halftime hole. Manek had eight points, Eversbach added a trey and a field goal and Mickelon had a pair of free throws as Weaver cleared the bench.
The spotlight in the third period fell on the hustling Depp who nailed three field goals and added a free throw as Edmond Memorial upped the margin to 51-22. Manek finished with game-scoring honors with 14 points, that included a trey during a brief appearance in the third period. Coleman Chavez and Pearson also scored a basket each.
Defense was again the key to the Bulldogs' success in the final frame as the Warriors could only manage six points, while Mickelson had that many by himself. Hummell added a 3 from the perimeter and Chavez, Zach Mauck and Eversbach each scored a basket.
In addition to Manek's 14, Pierson and Mickelson finished with 10 points each while Eversbach added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting including a trey.