Verdigris sophomore guard Cade Upshaw tallied a game-high 18 points to lead the Cardinals past the Siloam Springs JV Panthers, 82-37 Monday afternoon in the first round of the Jerry Oquin Classic.
Upshaw drained four treys in the second half for 13 of his 18 points.
Behind Upshaw’s offensive prowess, the Cardinals outscored Siloam Springs JV, 48-17 in the final 16 minutes.
The first quarter proved to be nip-and-tuck as Verdigris led 16-10. However, Upshaw and the bench scoring of Dakota Brasher sparked the Cardinals to a 34-20 halftime lead.
Brasher joined Upshaw in double figures with 12 points, while Chase Bryant also finished with 14.
The Cardinals drained 10 treys for 30 of their 82 points. Upshaw had five long-range bombs, followed by two from Brad Combs. Also contributing from the perimeter were Leonard Brockup, Bryant and Laef Payne.
Siloam Springs JV was led in scoring by Pierce with 13 points. Williams and Gregory also finished with six points each.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday in the semifinals.