Playing its second JV opponent in as many nights, the Labette Cardinals routed Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 104-65 to wrap up a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Friday night.
The win for the Cardinals improved Labette’s record to 5-4 on the season and was the third victory in a row for Labette after a 2-4 start to the season.
“It’s redundant, but we’re still focused on our game goals,” Labette head coach Jerrod Stanford said. “We kept playing the game within the game. That’s the message no matter we’re playing Barton, Hutch or whoever. We’re trying to have back-to-back nights where we have intensity and focus.”
Toraze Dobbs once again dominated the box score for Labette, pulling in another double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dobbs shot efficiently from the floor, connecting on 8-of-12 shots including 3-of-4 3-pointers.
“He’s a good player,” Stanford said. “When he’s locked in mentally, he can be a dominant force. He’s got to keep that up.”
Tyler Garrett added 18 points for Labette, while Miguel Shaw and Bryson Dennis chipped in 13 and 12 respectively.
Labette point guard Luis Melian, who’s come off the bench so far this season, filled the stat sheet as well. While the freshman from Spain only scored four points, he led the Cardinals with seven assists while also pulling down eight rebounds, trailing only Dobbs on the glass.
“He’s been a big player his whole life,” Stanford said. “He played against grown men in Spain. Getting him acclimated is going to help us. He always has great energy. When he’s mentally locked in, he always gives us a lift. The more we can build that trust with him, the more we’ll find a rhythm.”
While Labette shot 53.5% from the floor and thoroughly dominated the game from start to finish, Stanford highlighted ball security as a drawback from the Cardinals’ performance. Labette committed 18 turnovers on the night, nine in each half.
“We’re really honing in on making the 100% play,” Stanford said. “Some of those turnovers were careless. Trying to be fancy finishing and put on a show. We can’t create bad habits.”
Labette has one game left on its schedule prior to Thanksgiving break as the Cardinals host Ottawa JV on Monday night.
While facing three, going on four, JV teams in a row has allowed Labette to build up a winning streak, Stanford doesn’t want the Cardinals to get complacent going into its first reprieve of the campaign.
“We’ve played JVs in the past, but never this many in a row,” Stanford said. “With the way the classics and scheduling fell, we ended up playing quite a few here. So it’ll be interesting to see. My biggest fear is when we play these teams, we need to make sure we play at our level.”
Labette 104, Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 65
Labette: 48 56 — 104
Wesleyan: 27 38 — 65
Labette: Miguel Shaw 13, Makiyah Jones 4, Mike Flenorey 6, Jordan Base 9, Toraze Dobbs 22, Tyler Garrett 18, Bryson Dennis 12, Demarcus Fannin 9, Luis Melian 4, Nduka Ogwu 2, Xavier Ughutevbe 5
Oklahoma Wesleyan JV: Jacob Mershon 14, Taylor Miller 10, Chase Vaughn 6, Cameron Dowlatsani 3, Chauncy Bell 11, Gage Jahnke 3, Dakota Reedy 5, Jacob Weber 8, Damian Adams 5