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DK boys get out and run in senior night victory

Delton Kellogg senior guard Jordan Rench flips a shot up for two points as he flies under the rim in transition during the Panthers' SAC Valley victory over visiting Lawton Friday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

Lawton made things interesting here and there after the Delton Kellogg varsity boys' basketball team started its senior night, Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division ballgame on an 11-2 run.

Nothing was more interesting to Delton Kellogg head coach Jason Howland than to see his guys really get out and run on Friday night.

“I was very happy with the way we pushed the ball up the court. That is something we have been lacking the last couple games, and that is me,” DK head coach Jason Howland said with a smile. “I am all for that. Do that where I can just sit there and you guys can have some fun. Make some good decisions with the basketball.”

The Panthers stayed under control on the break, knocked down a few shots from the outside, got outstanding senior performances and scored a 66-55 win over the Blue Devils – their second win of the season over the Lawton boys.

“It was just fun to come out here and play with the guys,” Delton Kellogg senior guard Jordan Rench said. “We have been together since eighth grade. It is something you get to open up your eyes and enjoy. Coach has been with us since we were younger. It is a great feeling to get a win.”

Rench had nine points in the win.

Senior center Dawson Grizzle did a little bit of everything for the DK boys, leading the team in scoring with 18 points, including a couple dunks, crashing the boards, swatting shots away and even running a couple offensive sets from the top of the key.

“Dawson has just been playing awesome basketball the last month. He has to be averaging a double-double. The kid is all heart, for sure. He is definitely the centerpiece of the offense and the defense,” Howland said.

“His love of the game, it shows.”

It was a big night for all five DK senior guys. Tommy Sheldon 11, Richard Hill 12 and Jayden Ashley ten.

They all showed how they've grown on Tuesday night. Ashley is trying to transform his game a bit to fill in in the paint with center Cole Pape out with an injury. Rench showed off some improved impulse control. He picked up an early second foul trying to swat a ball away in the back-court after a missed shot and had to go to the bench. He soon returned to the floor and played good defense with his hands up and his feet moving for most of the rest of the night, not picking up a third foul until late in the ballgame.

The Panthers took a 16-11 lead in the opening quarter and upped their lead to 34-21 by the half. They were up 18 heading into the fourth quarter, and Lawton was able to make things interesting in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils were within ten points with two minutes to play.

A few small runs of turnovers allowed the Lawton guys to get back in the game a bit.

Lawton had three guys in double figures Alex Rueff with 14, Austin Burns with 13 and Jake Rueff with 11.

The win moves the Panthers to 5-6 in the SAC Valley Division this season. They close out conference play at Galesburg-Augusta Friday.

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