CIMARRON — For just the second game of the season, South Gray coach Mark Applegate thought his team’s performance was just 'OK,' as his Rebels defeated Satanta, 67-29, in the opening night of the Cimarron Bluejay Classic.
The Rebels broke off an 18-7 opening quarter, and led 35-20 at halftime with Satanta closing on a 7-2 run.
But it was all Rebels in the third quarter, as they outscored the Indians 16-3 to cruise to the win.
Austin Miller led South Gray with 20 points. Gilbert Peters had 14 and Austin Jantz 11 as nine Rebels got in the scoring column.
Gabe Salas led the Indians with 12.
South Gray used its size and depth early, and throughout, as they grabbed 37 boards and limited Satanta to just 13.
They also forced 20 turnovers, scoring 29 of their points following Satanta miscues.
Not a bad night for a team that finished runner-up in state a year ago, but still room for improvement, according to Applegate.
“We’ve got some new people playing in spots. They’re learning their roles,” he said. “And we’re running some different offenses than what we’ve run before. For the second game of the season, I was happy with it.”
The second half, he added, his team played better because the defense played better, and that’s what he expects at this early point of the season.
South Gray (2-0) has four days off before facing the winner of Tuesday’s Meade vs. Moscow game.