McMath then found Brice Smith in the paint for a layup. Patrick Shannon ended Pittsburg’s four-minute scoring drought with a layup, but Shay Calvert threw it inside to Brice Smith for a layup, foul and free throw that pushed Kiowa’s lead to 9-2.
Smith led the Cowboys with 14 points.
Kiowa closed out the first quarter on a 12-0 run, with Clay Doyle scoring twice, then Smith scored off a pass from Doyle to make it 20-3 Kiowa to start the second.
Doyle and McMath both scored 10 for Kiowa. They also anchored a physical, man-to-man defense that prevented Pittsburg from ever getting comfortable on offense.
“Our defense was the key,” Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said. “We got several turnovers and turned those into buckets.”
Brycen Overton and Clay Doyle scored to push Kiowa’s lead to 24-3, then Kyle Shields scored for Pittsburg with 6:04 left in the second. Kiowa once again answered a 2-point play with a 3-point play, this time with Doyle knocking down a 3-pointer for a 27-5 lead.
Kiowa went into halftime up 40-13, and Quaid began subbing in his bench as early as the second quarter. Though Pittsburg got points from nine different players, no one scored more than 6.
With the win, Kiowa advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Haileyville at 8:40 p.m. Pittsburg plays Canadian in Friday’s consolation semifinal at 5:50 p.m.
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