A strong first half set the stage for Ardmore as it jumped to a 38-9 halftime lead and finished with a 64-41 victory over Bartlesville’s JV Bruins Wednesday night in opening-round action of the Ardmore Holiday Festival.


A strong first half set the stage for Ardmore as it jumped to a 38-9 halftime lead and finished with a 64-41 victory over Bartlesville’s JV Bruins Wednesday night in opening-round action of the Ardmore Holiday Festival.

After struggling through a tough third period, the Tigers regrouped to put the game away in the fourth. The Tigers’ speed and quickness caused the Bruins all kinds of problems in the first 16 minutes. Ardmore was clicking on all cylinders and running the floor with ease as its lead continued to grow.

The Tiger defense picked up 12 first-half steals and forced the Bartlesville JV into 16 turnovers. As a result, 30 of the 38 points scored by Ardmore before intermission were in the paint from point-blank range.

“I was glad to see us come out with good focus tonight,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. “We had not played well in our last two games, and it was good to see that we were ready tonight. We had a letdown in the third, and we cannot afford to let that happen. But we put things back together in the fourth and finished well.”

Bartlesville’s JV (2-3) brought momentum with them to the third. The Bruins scored 19 unanswered points to trim the Tiger lead to 38-28. The run ended when Ardmore’s Travis Galbreath hit a 15-footer in the lane with 2:30 left in the frame.

The Bruins outscored the Tigers 23-6 in the period, and heading to the fourth, Ardmore’s 29-point halftime lead was down to 12 points at 44-32.

The Tigers regained their momentum and went on to outscore Bartlesville 20-9 in the fourth for the 23-point win.

After hitting at a 60-percent clip from the floor in the first half, Ardmore finished 30-of-60 (50 percent) to the Bruins’ 44 percent (17-of-39). The Tigers had a 28-20 rebounding edge and a 13-3 advantage on the offensive glass. Fourteen of Ardmore’s points came on second-chance buckets.

Quentarius Willis led the Tigers with 19 points, five rebounds, six steals and four assists. Daylon Wilkins had 11 points and eight boards, and Galbreath, Dre Johnson and Treyon Grant all had eight points each.

Nick Shoemaker paced the Bruins with 18 points.