Two days after snapping a four-game losing streak with a win over Rhema Bible College, the Labette Cardinals are now on a two-game winning streak and back at .500 following Thursday night’s home-opening 122-70 win over Sterling JV.
Labette dominated the game from the opening tip, never trailing and opening the night with an 18-3 run.
The Cardinals shot a blistering 56.8% from the field while holding Sterling JV to 34.5% defensively.
“We talked to our guys about playing against the game,” Labette head coach Jerrod Stanford said. “We have game goals every night. We gave each player individual goals too…we were really focusing on those. We wanted to win the game within the game and focus for 40 minutes.”
Toraze Dobbs paced Labette statistically, posting a double-double with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting with a perfect 8-of-8 showing from the free throw line while also pulling down 10 rebounds.
“It was more efficient for him tonight,” Stanford said. “He didn’t get into a rush when he had the ball. He let the game come to him. There were times early in the year he was rushing. But he took survey of the defense tonight.”
Demarcus Fannin added another efficient night for the Cardinals in the post, shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 on free throws to finish with 18 points and eight rebounds.
“He’s a high energy player that gets trash man buckets,” Stanford said. “He was 8-of-8 because I don’t think he shot it outside of the charge circle. He did a great job playing his role.”
Labette went deep into the well of its roster on Thursday night — every active player made an appearance and scored at least five points.
“It’s really important to get guys game minutes,” Stanford said. “You can practice and simulate a game all you want, but there’s nothing like game minutes. If we want to be as deep as we possibly can be, which is valuable in January and February, we’ve got to get lots of guys on the floor.”
Now at 4-4 overall on the season, Labette has two games left on its slate prior to Thanksgiving break. The Cardinals host Oklahoma Wesleyan JV on Friday night then Ottawa JV on Monday night.
“We’ve got to clean up our execution,” Stanford said. “We always talk about the three E’s — energy, effort and execution. We need all three phases taken care of for 40 minutes. That’s the goal for us.”
Labette 122, Sterling JV 70
Labette: 64 58 — 122
Sterling: 37 33 — 70
Labette: Miguel Shaw 6, Makiyah Jones 11, Mike Flenorey 11, Jordan Base 8, Toraze Dobbs 21, Tyler Garrett 8, Bryson Dennis 14, Demarcus Fannin 18, Luis Melian 5, Nduka Ogwu 7, Xavier Ughutevbe 13
Sterling JV: Rashid Washington 5, Marquise English 11, Taron Batie 14, Eric Smith 2, Tim Tanner 4, Mikel Tarver 10, Clayton Rust 8, Mickael Laeky 16