The Mineola Yellowjackets overwhelmed the visiting Lone Oak Buffaloes 79–23 in action on Jan. 8. Mineola leveraged their athleticism, height advantage and suffocating defense in dispatching the Buffaloes.
Sophomore Jonah Fischer opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and followed that up with a nice scoring drive to give the Yellowjackets a 5–0 start. Two Fischer assists, one to Winger Kelby Bruner and a second to post Davian Sneed, made the score 11– 2 midway through the opening quarter.
Two offensive putbacks by Kadavian George and nice scores by guard Conner Dobbs put Mineola in the lead 24–5 after one quarter. The Lone Oak squad was clearly overmatched in the contest.
Mineola forced 12 Lone Oak turnovers in the first half, with seven of those occurring in the second quarter. Mineola feasted on the breakaway opportunities. In addition to scoring by Shaw Franklin, Fischer, Davian Sneed and Bruner, Mineola’s DeVante Stephens, Colt Marlow and Caleb Griffen also contributed points.
The score reflected a 34-point margin at commencement of the second half. The Yellowjackets would extend that to 56 points by the final buzzer.
The Yellowjackets platooned the first- and second-stringers throughout the contest. Of note were two special plays in the second half: a beautiful reverse lay-in by Bruner on a breakaway and a gorgeous assist from Stephens to Griffen for an inside score. Colt Marlow and Aiden Steward also put in solid performances in the second half.