The Fowler Goldbugs had some trouble swatting away the Ingalls Bulldogs in their Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association boys quarterfinal contest at United Wireless Arena.
The Goldbugs earned their spot in the semifinals of the tournament after beating the Bulldogs 68-57 as the Ingalls players had spots where they were able to stay with Fowler on the court; but could never overcome the start by the Goldbugs.
The Goldbugs remain unbeaten on the season as they continue to take everybody's best shot to knock them out of the ranks of the unbeaten. In Tuesday's game, there were some good and bad parts about the win according to Fowler head coach Scott Brown.
The good part about the win for the Goldbugs (11-0) was that the offense was clicking on all cylinders with four players scoring in double figures. The bad part is that they didn't play defense or rebound the ball well against the Bulldogs.
"We knew that Ingalls would improve as the year goes along," Brown said. "They are always going to play hard; but we have to buckle down on defense and give a better effort there. We've got a lot of weapons on offense and I know we're going to score points; but we have to do better on defense and rebounding if we want to accomplish some things this year."
Taylin Bird scored 14 points to lead the Goldbugs in scoring, while Joel Milford added 13, Ty Clark 11 and Tate Shumard 10 for Fowler.
Ingalls (3-9) was led in scoring by Nathan Hale with 23 points and LaMontae Heady with 10.
Fowler never trailed in the game, scoring nine of the first 13 points of the game on the way to leading 15-8 after the opening quarter and increased the margin to 36-23 by the end of the first half.
Ingalls never got the deficit under double digits in the second half with Fowler increasing the lead to 55-38 by the end of the third quarter and led by as many as 19 points in the final quarter before the Bulldogs rallied to cut the deficit to the final score.
Fowler will face Kiowa County in one boys semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UWA; while Ingalls will play Minneola in a consolation game at 3 p.m. Friday.
INGALLS (57) – Chad Myers 7, Zach Batman 6, Isaac Baxa 2, Lamontae Heady 10, Brandon Sandoval 2, Tacy Whipple 7, Nathan Hale 23. Totals 20 14-18 57.
FOWLER (68) – Joel Milford 13, Taylin Bird 14, Tate Shumard 10, Tem Shetley 6, Dylan Duesing 5, Ty Clark 11, Jett Reese 9. Totals 27 6-11 68.
Ingalls8151519 – 57
Fowler15211913 – 68
Three-point baskets – Ingalls 3 (Myers 1, Hale 2), Fowler 8 (Milford 1, Bird 4, Shumard 2, Shetley 1). Records – Ingalls 3-9, Fowler 12-0.