Eagles start sharp, roll past Central Bible 103-49 in opener
OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 3, 2012) – For those who didn’t get a chance to watch Oklahoma Christian last March during its remarkable postseason run, on Saturday afternoon the Eagles showed what they’d missed.
Four players scored in double figures as the Eagles began the 2012-13 season as sharp as they ended the previous campaign, rolling to a 103-49 win over Central Bible (Mo.) in the season opener in the Eagles’ Nest.
With its entire starting lineup and four key reserves back from last season, OC (1-0) opened the game by making its first five shots and never was challenged by the Spartans (0-1). The Eagles shot a sizzling 55.9 percent (38 of 68), with Will Reinke leading the way with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds. Brandon Troutman added 14 points, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
Nick Tate (13 points) and Josh Faurot (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring, while Kendre Talley had 10 assists.
“It was a nice opener,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “We really shared the ball. It was maybe one of the best homecoming crowds I have seen. The students were great. Give our student body an A-plus.”
The season’s first basket was a dunk by Reinke, who took an assist from Devan White. On the next trip down the floor, Reinke returned the favor and White dunked. Troutman followed with a 3-pointer. Derek Johnson then scored and Troutman hit another 3-pointer to give OC a 5-for-5 start.
The Eagles led by double digits within the first 7½ minutes and closed the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 58-23 lead.
In the second half, OC’s reserves saw plenty of action and kept extending the lead. All 14 players saw at least seven minutes of playing time and all but one scored.
Joey Kreuter scored 13 points to lead the Spartans, while Charles Staten had 11 points and Mason Horsley had 10 points. Tony Malone – the son of former OC player Tony Malone, who played for Hays during the 1980s – scored five points for Central Bible.