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Goldbugs lose 48-40 to Maroons at Wheat Capital


January 10, 2020

Desiree Morehead

1. Jackson Feely (11) catches air as he goes for the shot. The Goldbugs lost to Blackwell Thursday but will play again today at 11:50 a.m. at the Wheat Capital Tournament at Chisholm High School. 2. Reece Martin (2) takes his shot over Blackwell's defense for three points. 3. Austin Reed (13) throws the ball to his teammate. 4. Garrett Ritter (21) goes up for the rebound during Thursday's game against Blackwell.

Coming off a win against Frontier Saturday, the Alva Goldbugs had hopes of avenging their Friday loss to Blackwell in the Chisholm Wheat Capital Tournament Thursday. Alva had two good quarters in the game but lost to the Maroons 48-40.

After a 22-8 margin in Blackwell's favor in the first quarter, the Goldbugs outscored the Maroons 8-2 in the second quarter to cut the margin to 24-16. In the third period, Blackwell doubled Alva's scoring to lead 38-23. The Goldbugs scored 17 to 10 over the Maroons in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to secure the win.

The Alva bench was a little sparse as the JV players were engaged in a tournament at Okeene. Baylor Rust hurt his knee in the game against Frontier Saturday and wasn't ready to play. Cole Hague was still out with concussion issues. Braden Hofen replaced Rust in the starting five for Alva.

In the first quarter, Blackwell put 11 points on the board before Alva scored on a layup by Hofen. The Maroons went on another run with the score 16-2 before Alva scored again on a three by Austin Reed. Kendall Burtner hit a three, and Reed scored another triple to bring the score to 19-8. Burtner hit a deep right three just before the third quarter ended to increase the score to 22-8 with the Maroons leading.

The Goldbugs started off the second quarter well with an unanswered run of eight points. Garrett Ritter hit a basket right away followed by three's by Reece Martin and Reed. The margin was narrowed to six before Carson Garrett hit a runner to make the score 24-16 with the Maroons on top. The quarter ended with Blackwell leading 24-16.

In the third period, the Maroons widened that margin to 30-16 before Alva got on the scoreboard on a deep three by Martin. Worthy Shepherd made his first score of the game on a Blackwell basket. Ritter was fouled as he went for a basket and made both points from the free throw stripe. The score was now 32-21 with Alva trailing.

The Maroons put up three points when Burtner scored a basket and was fouled. He hit the free throw. With the clock winding down, Blackwell kept the ball until Alva managed a steal. Kaden Slater made his first basket. Each team made one more attempt to score but failed. At the end of the third, Blackwell led 38-23.

Shepherd made a basket on a steal to start the fourth period. Slater answered with two points on a pass from Reed. After Reed missed on a three-pointer, Slater rebounded and scored. He was fouled while shooting but missed the free throw. The Maroon lead was narrowed to 40-27.

Blackwell's Ramon Dominguez hit the basket and was fouled but missed the free throw. Reed was fouled and hit one of two chances for Alva. Then Dominguez scored another in the paint. The Blackwell lead was now 44-28.

After three tries at triples by Alva, Martin scored a basket. With four minutes left Jackson Feely hit a deep three. Martin soon added another three, Hofen hit a stick-back shot, and the score was 44-38.

Blackwell's J.R. Punzalan scored a basket, and Feely added two. Feely was fouled but missed the free throw. Bret Lennon was fouled and hit both free throws for the final of 48-40.


Martin led Alva scoring with 11 followed by Reed with 10. Slater had six, Feely five, Hofen four and Ritter four. The Goldbugs out-rebounded the Maroons 42-22 in the game.

Leading the Blackwell scoring was Burtner with 14 followed by Garrett with 12, Shepherd eight and Punzalan six. Dominguez and Lennon had four each.

After the loss, the Goldbugs are 3-8 on the season. Blackwell is now 5-4. Today (Friday) the Goldbugs play the loser of the Kingfisher vs. Fairview game in the consolation bracket.


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