CLAREMORE — Buried from the bell, Collinsville had little chance for success against No. 8 Claremore.
The Zebras were in playoff mode, having already clinched a home regional.
They showed it against their Metro Lakes Conference rivals with a 58-32 relaxed thrashing at the Brickhouse Tuesday night.
If the Zebras weren’t hitting from long range, they were going inside for easy hoops. At the same time, nothing was working for the 15th-ranked Cardinals.
The Zebras (15-6) have one regular season game remaining, Friday against visiting Skiatook for Senior Night before regionals. The Zebras are on a three-game winning streak after losing two straight to Coweta and Glenpool.
Claremore had already defeated Collinsville in a tight 61-56 win at their place, but the home-cooking was on display early Tuesday.
The Zebras spread the wealth early as six players reached the scoring column on their way to a 16-4 lead. Ironically, one of those was not leading scorer Layton Hartloff, who paced the Zebras with 12 points, all in the middle two quarters.
Meanwhile, Collinsville had just four field goals in the first half and trailed the Zebras 30-11. It was an easy downhill run after that for Claremore.
The Cardinals had their best quarter right after halftime, but still, the distance away from catching the Zebras increased.
Matt Wofford had a strong second half and finished with 8 points, keeping Collinsville at bay. Bray Glenn scored 11 and Levi Ewton added 10 for Claremore.
No Cardinal scored more than 6.
Claremore will play Tahlequah at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the Brickhouse in the first round of the home regional. The regional championship game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.