AUGUSTA — On a few offensive possessions, Augusta held onto the ball for so long that the Orioles probably would have received multiple shot-clock violations before even attempting a shot—if a shot clock existed in high school basketball.
Throughout Friday's 57-46 win over Mulvane, the Orioles were forced to patiently pass around the Wildcats' zone defense for up to a minute at a time before an open look at the rim.
"We want to push the floor and try to get an easy layup, but if not we just back it out and take out time," forward Alex Clausing said. "We didn't want to try to force it in there too much."
Augusta made it easy to be patient on offense in the first half, as its defense completely shut down Mulvane. The Wildcats scored two points in the first quarter and didn't get into double-digits until the final minute of the half.
When Mulvane began hitting shots and crept back into the game, Augusta did just enough to keep a comfortable lead. The key, according to coach David Stephenson, was free throws.
"We were 12 for 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, so that kind of sealed the game," Stephenson said. "We had a good lead going in, so as long as we hit those we were going to win."
The Orioles led by as much as 17 points just after halftime, but Mulvane cut the score to 41-33 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Three-point buckets from Ty Redington and Nolan Smith cut the lead to seven a minute later, but Augusta's free-throw shooting essentially kept the game out of reach.
Clausing led a balanced Oriole scoring attack with a game-high 17 points. Senior guard Brandt Patterson added another 15.
"We showed we can score from any facet of the game," Patterson said. "That game showed what we can do and what we haven't done so far."
Redington's 15 points made him the only Wildcat in double-figures scoring, all of which came from beyond the arc in the second half.
The victory moved Augusta to 4-2 on the season, while Mulvane dropped to 1-5.
"When we came out of half, we had to get a push to keep that lead," Patterson said. "We felt like if we got five good possessions we would close them out, and we did."
Mulvane2 11 10 23 — 46 Augusta11 12 19 15 — 57
MULVANE: Redington 15, Haynes 9, Evans 9, Smith 4, Doramus 0, Brewer 2, Williams 2, Lampe 0, Kilby 4, Dempsey 1.
AUGUSTA: Patterson 15, Winter 7, Steinkamp 5, Clausing 17, Robinson 2, Finch 8, Budda 0, Trebbe 3.