By JORDAN SHAY
CIMARRON — It's tough to beat a team that has near-perfect shooting from behind the arc, solid defense and an athletic 6-8 center in the paint.
The Cimarron Bluejays ran into a brick wall Friday night, falling to a hot Meade team, 87-56, in the semifinals of the Bluejay Invitational.
Meade advances to the championship game tonight, when they will face South Gray in a rematch of last year's championship game. Cimarron will face Sublette in the consolation game.
The Buffaloes put on an 11-0 run in the first 1:46 of the game, fueled by six points from 6-8 junior forward Randy Friesen.
The Bluejays finally made it onto the scoreboard with a bucket by Randy Allen at the 5:54 mark.
"Meade came out on fire," said Cimarron coach Dave Losey. "Everyone was a scoring threat in the first quarter. Not only Friesen, but (Morgan Davis) is so active on the inside."
Meade continued to push the pace and seemed to never miss, regardless of where they were shooting from. They extended their lead to 36-8 with a minute remaining in the quarter.
The Buffaloes connected on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers and finished with five in the first quarter. The Buffaloes also connected on all six of their free throws and held on to a convincing 38-14 lead heading into the second quarter. Meade already had six players in the scorebook at that point.
It would have taken another level of defense to compete with Meade's inside-outside game. The Buffaloes put pressure on the Bluejays.
"We tried to prepare for the press, and I thought we were in good shape," Losey said. "But it's a little different live. They hurt us in every facet of the game in the first quarter. Once we settled down a little bit, we did some good things."
Cimarron showed bright spots in the second quarter, including eight points in the quarter by junior Ted Boersma. However, the Bluejays still trailed at halftime 57-26.
"The score might not show it, but there were several kids who played well tonight," Losey said. "Randy Allen and Teddy Boersma played well. Alex Neuschafer played well. Once we got over that shock, and decided not to pack it in so much, we got some hands on deflections and did some nice things."
Cimarron 14 12 16 14 -- 56
Meade 38 19 19 11 -- 87
Cimarron (56) — Box score not available.
Meade (87) — Little 18, Hardaway 11, Vanderpool 2, Cordes 22, Wiens 2, Fisher 4, Davis 9, Friesen 9, Pfanenstiel 8, Reichman 2.
3-point goals--Cimarron 4 (Boersma 2, Allen 1, Fairbank 1), Meade 10 (Little 3, Hardaway 1, Cordes 4, Davis 1, Pfanenstiel 1). Free throws--Cimarron 12-19, Meade 9-10.