The game eluded the Stillwater High boys’ basketball team in the first quarter.
Senior stars JV Seat and Will Cain quickly ignited Edmond Memorial’s offense, and the Pioneers struggled to respond under pressure from the Bulldogs’ solid defense. Edmond Memorial choked Stillwater, 59-26, Friday night at Pioneer Fieldhouse.
Throughout the game, the Bulldogs illustrated why they are the No. 1 team in the Class 6A West division. Cain used his 6-foot-7 frame to start the match with a two-handed dunk. Then Seat dumped a deep 3-pointer from the right wing. The dynamic duo of Cain and Seat, in addition, allowed the Bulldogs to open the game on an 8-0 series.
“These guys are really trained to be patient and wait for the defense to break down to take advantage of it,” Stillwater coach Scott Morris said. “They just exploited some weaknesses early on.”
The Pioneers (7-10) were oversized and outplayed. Stillwater has a post player in Max Gosney, but the Bulldogs have shown their size on the field.
“It stretches our game,” Morris said. “We can’t put a message on JV Seat because we have to put a big one on (Cain).”
For Stillwater, the situation didn’t improve much after falling into an 8-0 deficit.
Junior guard DJ Cason stopped the run and gave the Pioneers their first points, but their offense remained mostly flat. Although senior guard Bayden Reese gave Stillwater a spark with a team-high 16 points, no other trailblazer had more than three. At halftime, Reese and Cason were the only trailblazers to score.
Meanwhile, Seat finished the game with 18 points, Cain added nine and senior center Will Anderson contributed seven. The Bulldogs (14-3) showed their depth, constantly turning in players who provided new ways to score. Stillwater also turned to his bench, but that couldn’t turn the tide.
“We just haven’t done the little things on the coaching side, on the player side,” Morris said. “We just haven’t done the little things necessary to put ourselves in the best position to win.”
EDMOND MEMORIAL 59, CALM WATER 26
SSME 13 14 12 20 – 59
SHS 4 7 5 10 – 26
EMHS – J. Seat 18, Cain 9, G. Seat 3, Anderson 7, Beadles 6, Ayubi 5, Rowe 5, Hjelmstad 2, Youngblood 1, Peck 1, Osby 2.
SHS – Reese 16, Cason 2, Bratton 1, Ripley 2, Martin 3, Gosney 2.