Despite some great individual efforts, including some monstrous dunks and a triple-double, Eisenhower's win in the opening game of the regional round was the definition of a "team victory".
The Eagles dished out 24 assists and every player on the 13-man roster got on the score sheet as Ike took care of its business at the Eagles' Nest against Guymon on Saturday night, 110-44.
As great as the win was, the game was the appetizer to Monday's main course a fourth meeting betweent Eisenhower and rival MacArthur, this time for the regional championship.
Eisenhower (17-5) proved itself worthy of playing regional host with a dominant effort that included a 23-2 run to start the game. After leading by 19 after the first quarter, the Eagles opened the second quarter with another 23-2 run, one that included three 3-pointers and two dunks.
By the end of that run, Eisenhower was up 40-10 in the first quarter. As has been their forte all season, Ike ran up and down the floor and kept the pace at a break-neck speed. Eisenhower coach Todd Millwee said he and his coaching staff had preached the importance of keeping the intensity level turned up.
"We've been emphasizing in practice that we really want to be in attack mode," Millwee said. "Sometimes we slow it down and play a little more halfcourt. I think we've got a team that likes to get up and run and shoot. We've got some good shooters. I thought we did a good job of pushing it early."
All five Ike starters scored in double figures Saturday. Kinyon Parker made three 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points. Mark Berry had 14 points and seven rebounds. Antonio Gordon had 15 points, all but three of them coming off of dunks. Kevin Farmer had 12 points, making two 3-balls.
But the straw that has stirred Ike's drink all season has been point guard RJ Fisher. On Saturday night, Fisher was in the proverbial zone that basketball players, fans and coaches all speak of.
In addition to 17 points, Fisher had 13 assists and 12 rebounds to complete a triple-double. All of this occurred with Fisher sitting out basically the whole fourth quarter.
Guymon (6-18) could not handle the Ike defensive pressure much of the night, turning the ball over 30 times, 19 of them resulting in steals for Ike.