The Roff Tigers showed their potential during the first 13-plus minutes of their contest against high-powered Stratford on the road Tuesday night.
When Brendon Barr scored on a strong drive to the basket at the 2:37 mark of the second quarter, he tied that game at 22-all.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bulldogs — ranked No. 6 in Class 2A — showed just how formidable they can be throughout the remainder of the game.
Stratford clamped down defensively and didn't allow another Roff point for nearly 10 minutes and turned the barn-burner into a blowout en route to a convincing 64-33 win.
Coach Mark Qualls saw his team stay unbeaten at 4-0 on the young season while Roff slipped to 5-6.
In the girls contest, the Lady Bulldogs raced to an early double-digit lead and Roff never could dig out of the hole in a 41-31 loss.
Stratford 64, Roff 33
After Barr's bucket knotted the score late in the third quarter, Stratford held Roff scoreless over the next 9:45 of the contest. The Bulldogs went on an 18-0 run during that span. Post player Matthew Knight scored seven of his 13 points during that stretch and his basket inside at the 1:30 mark of the third quarter put Stratford on top 40-22. And the Bulldogs did the damage without much help from scoring star Dalen Qualls, who hit just two free throws during the Stratford surge.
Barr finally broke the ice with a basket with 52 seconds left in the third quarter, But the Roff offense then did another disappearing act, going nearly five more minutes without a score.
Stratford scored the next 13 points — started by a Qualls 3-pointer and capped by his two free throws with 4:25 left in the game that made it 53-34.
Roff did manage to hold Qualls to a season-low 22 points. The Stratford senior added seven rebounds, four steals and a handful of assists.
Knight would add 12 rehounds, three steals and three blocked shots for the Bulldogs while Tommy Lawson — who had played in the Class A state championship football game just three nights earlier — reached double digits with 10 points.
Barr finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers while Tim Wallen hit a trio of 3-pointers for most of his 11 points. The rest of the Roff team didn't combine for double digits.
Stratford 41, Roff 31
After Monica Miller converted and early 3-point play, the Lady Tigers went on top 5-4.
But like their male counterparts, the Lady Bulldogs clamped down on defense and scored 13 unanswered points. When Deamber Barrett scored on a steal and layup early in the second quarter, Stratford led 17-5.
The Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance and after Lauren Trimmer hit one of two free throw with 3:21 to play that capped a mini 10-4 Roff run, the Stratford lead and dwindled to five at 34-29.
But Roff managed just two free throws by Casey Kelley the rest of the way as the Lady Bulldogs (2-2) secured the win.
Braden Mantooth led a balanced Stratford offense with 12 points while Barrett just missed double digits with nine.Sophomore post player Lacey Hatter had a solid, all-around game with eight points, nine rebounds and three steals while Amber Waller also finished with eight points.
J.J. Stewart had team-high nine points for the Lady Tigers (5-7) while Trimmer added eight points, five rehounds and three steals.
Roff is back at home Thursday night, hosting Pontotoc Conference rival Allen.
Stratford travels to Lindsay Friday night before hosting Konawa next Tuesday in a game rescheduled from Nov. 30. School officials thought about moving that doubleheader, which could feature two undefeated boys teams, to Byng's more spacious Bill Koller Field House. But the Stratford Basketball Booster Club had already planned a hamburger fry that night to raise funds for the Bulldogs trip to the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa next month.