JUSTUS — Behind the play of senior Mitch Easterling and junior Mason Mullins, Claremore Christian finally played a complete game and pounded Bradford Christian 74-48 in high school basketball Tuesday night at Dunaway
Easterling, a 6-foot-2 inside-outside threat, finished with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting while Mullins, a dashing 5-8 guard, pitched in 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as both pleased Claremore Christian coach Ryan Hinkley.
“Easterling is our best player. He can shoot and really do everything,’’ Hinkley said. “Mason can really score and one of our biggest advantages tonight was getting point guard Caleb Ekedal back. He missed our first three games and he creates our tempo and makes sure we’re aggressive offensively. He allows us to get into the flow.’’
In winning for the first time this season, the Warriors’ defense was more than adequate, forcing the Lions into 27 turnovers and frustrating their prolific three-point shooting (8-of-27). Meanwhile, Ekedal and Hunter Bemies both collected 12 points each as Claremore’s depth and offensive balance took its toll.
“We stuck to our game plan and had a good time. I have no complaints,’’ said Hinkley. “I think our big guys were a little more skilled and we wanted to give everyone a chance to play instead of beating them by 40 points.’’
The Warriors compiled a 71-28 bulge when Bernies flushed a trey with 4:22 left to play. Hinkley cleared his bench and Bradford Christian ripped off 20 consecutive points. Much too little and way too late.
Kirby Chupp led the Lions with 22 points and big man Dean Guilfoyle yanked down 12 rebounds. Each team finished with 49 boards.
Claremore Christian girls 43, Bradford 11 — Claremore Christian also took an easy victory in the girl’s game, winning 43-11. Brooklyn Woods was the catalyst for the Lady Warriors with 15 points while Kaylee Blair contributed 12 and Hannah Schultz 10 off the bench.
In front 6-5 midway through the first period, Claremore rang up 26 straight points and held the Lady Lions scoreless over the next 14 minutes, 56 seconds. Bradford Christian was also guilty of 30 turnovers.
The Warriors held the visitors to zero points in the second quarter and 5-of-26 shooting overall. The Lions entered the game with just six players, all of them sophomores, freshman and junior high players. Sixth man Chalice Brewer is a sixth-grader.
Claremore Christian led 14-5 after one period, 24-5 at halftime and 36-7 entering the final quarter.