Woodward's fourth quarter rally defeats the Alva Goldbugs 41-31


January 29, 2021

Desiree Morehead

Alva's Daylon Malone (2) keeps up with the Woodward offense in Tuesday night's game.

After experiencing a 79-48 loss to Woodward in the Wheat Capital Tournament earlier this month, the Alva Goldbugs knew they needed to control the speed of the game. With a deep bench, the Boomers can keep changing out players to stay fresh in a fast-paced contest. Despite a scoring drought, the Goldbugs stayed with the Woodward team until the final period when the Boomers broke away and won 41-31.

Woodward started the game running up a six point lead before Alva freshman Daylon Malone scored. Then Malone stole the ball and fed it to Kyler Penco who couldn’t get the trey to fall. Alva took the rebound, and Austin Reed passed to Braden Hofen who made the basket, narrowing the gap to 6-4. Zach Chavez scored for the Boomers but Hofen hit another basket and was fouled. He made the free throw to come within one at 8-7. Malone pulled off another steal which culminated in a Penco three-pointer, and the quarter ended with Alva leading 10-8.

Goldbug Jackson Feely was first to score in the second period but Woodward put in four points to tie at 12. Jaxon Jones sank a basket on a Feely assist to take the lead, but the Boomers answered with a trey to pull ahead 15-14. Jones scored again and the Boomers answered. Feely made one of two from the charity stripe to tie the game at 17, and Reed put the ball through the hoop to take the lead 19-17 for Alva. Woodward tied again on a couple of free throws by Rylan Cope who then picked off a pass and scored a basket. Feely added another two points to tie at 21, and that’s how the first half ended.

In the low-scoring third period, Alva added four points while Woodward put in five. The only Goldbug points came from a Hofen basket and two Penco free throws. Woodward made two baskets and one free throw. The third quarter ended with Woodward leading 26-25.

Woodward increased their pace in the final period. Kaden Kornele scored on a strip steal. Then Cope scored and was fouled. He missed the extra point, but Woodward was now leading 30-25. Reed missed his basket but was fouled. He made one of two from the free throw line. Feely was fouled in the act of shooting and made one of his two chances. Alva was within three at 30-27.

Desiree Morehead

Top: Alva's Jackson Feely (11) tries to go the basket while Woodward's defense tries to knock the ball away. Bottom: Alva's Braden Hofen (15) gets fouled by Woodward's defense on his way to make a basket.

The Goldbugs failed on several attempts at the basket, but Hofen finally managed to score on a stick-back to narrow the Boomer lead to one.

The next four scores all belonged to Woodward as Jesus Cano and Chavez made baskets while Sam Cheap and Cope had triples. Chavez was fouled and added one more. Woodward now led 41-29. Feely managed the final basket of the game, and Woodward won 41-31.


No players scored in double figures for the game. The Goldbugs were led by Hofen with nine and Feely with eight. Penco had five, Jones four, Reed three and Malone two.

For Woodward, Cheap and Cope led with nine each. Chavez had eight, Cano seven, Jake Mead four, Sam Bence two and Kornele two.

The Goldbugs head to the Downtown Enid Basketball Festival at the Stride Bank Center today (Friday) to play Morrison. Tipoff is set for 3:50 p.m. following the Ladybug game.


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