ALLEN — As members of the Tushka junior varsity squad — six freshmen and a sophomore — waited through four quarters and an overtime of the Tupelo-OKC Knights’ girls contest for their meeting with unbeaten Roff in Tuesday’s final first-round game in the S.T.A.R. Tournament, they probably had some idea what the Christians experienced while they waited to be fed to the lions.

A late replacement in the tournament field after Victory Life of Durant pulled out too late to allow officials to find a varsity squad as a replacement, the junior Tigers were the sentimental favorites of a crowd that thinned noticeably before the game began. But, as expected, they were simply no match for a Roff squad (ranked No. 4 in Class A) that had been tested only once in its first 15 games.

Dearth Parker scored 19 points and added seven of Roff’s 26 steals, and the Tigers became the fourth area boy’s team to breeze into the S.T.A.R. semis with an 81-20 victory that could have been much worse.

In Tuesday’s other opening-round boys contest, host Allen got a season-high 16 points from Brandon Postoak and dominated from the start to earn a spot against Tupelo in Friday’s semifinals with a 56-35 victory over Strother.

The victories by Allen and Roff assured a semifinal round that will be identical to last month’s Pontotoc Conference Tournament at Calvin, with Roff meeting Stonewall Friday at 6:30 and Allen facing Tupelo at 8 p.m. for the right to advance to Saturday’s boys championship.

Roff 81, Tushka JV 20

Roff sprinted to a 38-6 halftime lead, with 3-pointers by Bob Daniels accounting for Tushka’s only points. Patrick Blevins scored nine of his 11 points before intermission to lead eight Roff players who scored in the first two periods, and, after putting his second team into the game with 3:44 left in the opening quarter and his club up, 19-3, first-year Tiger coach Darrick Farriell mixed his starters and reserves over the final three periods.

Roff hit 34-of-64 field goals attempts — most on layups after steals — and outscored Tushka, 18-2, in the final quarter after the junior Tigers had been competitive in the third period, scoring 12 of their 20 points.

Jason Trimmer (13 points, six steals, three rebounds and two assists) joined Parker and Blevins in double figures, and Atlee Kile (4-for-5 from the field) and Glenn Cornell (who was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc) added eight points apiece. Quentin Blevins had eight rebounds to lead Roff, which, as expected, held a decided edge on the boards (34-18).

Daniels finished with eight points to lead Tushka, which hit just 9-of-34 from the field and committed 34 turnovers.

Allen 56, Strother 35

Postoak, Allen’s junior point guard, hit a 3-pointer on the game’s opening shot, and the Mustangs never looked back, cruising to their 10th win in 15 games this season.

Allen led 17-7 after one quarter and 29-12 at halftime, with Postoak scoring eight points and Chris Thyne and Derek Ross adding six apiece before intermission. Postoak then scored eight points in the third quarter before joining the Mustang starters on the bench for the final period with Allen up, 49-27.

In addition to his 16 points, Postoak had five assists, three steals, two rebounds and a blocked shot, and Thyne had 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals and an assists. Ross didn’t take a shot in the second half but had six rebounds to go with his six points and three steals, and sophomore Preston Frazier added eight points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist in the victory.

Brian Kader had a game-high 17 points and added six rebounds and three steals to lead Strother, but Allen outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 33-27, and forced 17 turnovers while committing only seven.