The South Gray Rebels boys basketball team beat the Cimarron Bluejays 65-33 Saturday 65-33 to win the Cimarron Invitational.
Cimarron finished second in their home tournament. They’ll travel to Meade, Kansas Tuesday to take on their rivals, the Meade Buffaloes.
Though Cimarron led 9-8 after the first quarter, a dominating performance by South Gray in the second quarter sent the Rebels into halftime with a 31-18 lead. The Rebels outscored the Bluejays 23-8 in the second quarter.
South Gray head coach Mark Applegate said win came in part due to the experience the team has.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors on the roster,” Applegate said. “They played a lot last year. We did exactly what we wanted to do. We came out with a lot of intensity and got ahead of them.”
One of the key players for the Rebels was 6-foot-6 inch senior Gilbert Peters, who matched up with Cimarron’s biggest player, 6-foot-7 senior Jaylen Pickle. Both played well, but Peters ended up having the better night after Pickle got called for some fouls early.
“Gilbert, he anchors our team,” Applegate said. “We can play that zone and then they stand out a lot on it a lot when you’ve got somebody like him in the lane. He really helps us a lot.”
Defensively, the Rebels played well also.
“I just think we anticipate well, we’re quick and we’re smart,” Applegate said. “I think these guys have just bought into that and they really work hard.”
After taking the lead at 10-9 in the first half, the Rebels never gave the lead up again, outscoring the Bluejays 23-8 in the second quarter, 16-10 in the third and 18-5 in the fourth.
The Bluejays next head on the road to take on Meade Tuesday, while the Rebels head out on the road to face Ingalls that same night.