El Reno High School’s boys basketball team recorded points from both its inside and outside offensive attack last week as the Indians traveled to Shawnee for a 58-44 win over the Wolves.
The Indians, who moved up a spot in the new Class 5A poll to No.5, improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 against Suburban Conference teams with the 14-point win.
“We were able to put some points on the board both inside and outside. We didn’t shoot the ball very well and we struggled at times offensively, but we did what we needed to do to get the win,” said El Reno head coach Kale Simon.
The two Suburban wins, over Shawnee and Piedmont, do not count toward the conference title since EHS will play both teams a second time.
El Reno led the Wolves 14-7 after one period, keyed by 3-pointers from Dorian and Dyson Plumley and Derek Havern.
The Indians added to the lead in the second period with a 16-6 break, paced by two treys and eight points from Havern and four more from Dyson Plumley.
El Reno led 30-13 at the break.
The second half proved to be the same struggle for the Indians as Shawnee outscored EHS 16-12 in the third period despite three baskets and seven points from post player Eli Hollis and a trey from Dez Perkins.
El Reno was able to fend off the Wolves over the final eight minutes by a 16-15 margin. The effort was led by Dyson Plumley with eight points including a 6-of-7 effort from the free-throw line. Hollis added two baskets and a pair of free throws.
“It’s good that we are 3-0 but the bad news is that we still have not put together four good quarters. We have not played a great second half all year. Not having played four good quarters and still be 3-0 is a good thing to see.
“We’re getting better every game and the kids have a purpose,” said Simon.
El Reno had three players close in double-digit scoring, led by 17 points from Dyson Plumley. Hollis was close behind with a season-high 15 points, while Havern finished with 13 points.
Gana Nicholson and Dorian Plumley paced those shooters in single digits with five points each, while Perkins had the three points.