IOLA – A double-double from Toraze Dobbs and a stat-filling performance from point guard Makiyah Jones fueled the Labette Cardinal’s season-opening 100-61 blowout of MCC-Penn Valley on Friday at the Red Devil Classic in Iola.
The Cardinals raced out to an early lead, going into the halftime locker room with a 54-30 advantage.
“It was good to see the guys come out and play as a group,” Labette head coach Jerrod Stanford said. “They had a good, collective effort today. It was great to see that.”
Dobbs’ double-double came on 16 points and 15 rebounds. The sophomore had six offensive rebounds but shot just 7-of-18 from the field. Dobbs’ shooting efficiency was hurt primarily on a 2-of-9 day from behind the arc.
“He controlled the glass and got some good buckets,” Stanford said. “Every shot he took came in the flow. The threes he missed were good looks and he’ll start making those.”
Jones, Labette’s facilitator on offense, added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists against Penn Valley.
“That’s what we expect from him,” Stanford said. “He’s been that way all fall. He’s done a great job getting ready. So it wasn’t a surprise to us. Hopefully that play from him continues.”
Jones’ play at the point guard spot was highlighted even more due to the absence of Ghage Kenan from the Cardinals’ lineup. Kenan, who started 26 games as a freshman, is out indefinitely with an injury.
“We’ll figure it out as we go along,” Stanford said. “We have to do what’s right for the young man. He’s been in this situation most of the fall. So the roles that took place today, we’ve expected for a while.”
Other Cardinals to reach double figures in scoring included Demarcus Fannin (14) and Bryson Dennis (11).
“The guys were locked in and ready to go,” Stanford said. “We executed our gameplan from the get-go. They weren’t too high to where we lost execution.”
Labette also dominated Penn Valley on the glass with a 57-45 margin in rebounding. That included 27 offensive rebounds on 47 total missed shots.
“It goes back to the energy we’re playing with,” Stanford said. “Rebounding takes energy and passion. Our guys were always chasing the ball.”
Labette, which has now won its season opener three years in a row, faces tourney host Allen on Saturday to wrap up its stay at the Red Devil Classic.
“The biggest thing is getting home, replenished and getting our bodies right,” Stanford said. “We’ll sit down, get a scout and put a quick gameplan together.”
Labette 100, MCC-Penn Valley 61
Labette: 54 46 — 100
MCC-Penn Valley: 30 31 — 61
Labette: Miguel Shaw 2, Makiyah Jones 10, Mike Flenorey 3, Jordan Base 7, Toraze Dobbs 16, Tyler Garrett 9, Bryson Dennis 11, Demarcus Fannin 14, Luis Melian 9, Nduka Ogwu 6, Xavier Ughutevbe 13
Penn Valley: Erik Slack 23, Oscar Frank II 4, Benjamin Bryant 2, Alex Herndon 6, Mylan Collin 4, Ricardo Sutton 7, Kelechi Asuzu 2, Arizne Mgbemena 4, Rashaan Collins 5, Daryl Wright 2, Daryus Pennington 2