CHICKASHA – Following a wild first quarter that saw 41 combined points, 11th ranked Silo tightened up defensively to surge past Hobart, 81-56, and remain alive in the Class 2A Area Tournament Thursday night.
The Rebels will tangle with 18th rated Amber-Pocasset at 3 p.m. today in a battle for a berth in the area consolation finals and chance at the state tournament on Saturday.
Bryce Brister pumped in 10 points and Austin Thomas added nine in a high-scoring opening period as Silo posted a 21-20 edge over the Bearcats.
Things turned the way of the Rebels in the second frame as they outscored Hobart 18-10 to grab a nine-point halftime lead.
Silo then put it completely out of reach with a 25-8 run in the third stanza fueled by eight points apiece from Thomas and Jake Hamilton.
“After a poor first quarter defensively I felt like we really played solid the rest of the way,” Silo head coach Brett Frank said. “Nolan Brister held their leading scorer to just seven points and as a team we only allowed seven field goals in the second and third quarters combined.
“Offensively we set the tone with a great pace and really attacked them from the opening tip. Austin Thomas and Bryce Brister were superb and Jake and Patch Hamilton really gave Hobart problems inside. They owned the middle on both ends of the floor. We’re very excited to be moving on and feel like if we continue to play well, we have a shot to beat anyone and keep advancing.”
Thomas led all scorers with 22 points for the Rebels as Bryce Brister notched 19 and Jake Hamilton also finished in double figures with 14.
Nolan Brister contributed seven with Dally Cheek scoring three and Jacob Lawless and Will Brister two apiece.