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January 8, 2013

33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic Boys Tournament: Muskogee boys take advantage of Checotah misses to win

— In a night full of first-round blowouts, Muskogee and Checotah made things interesting in the final contest of the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic played at Muskogee Civic Center on Monday.

Checotah Jason Dowdy was left wondering how much more interesting it could have been if not for some missed opportunities in the first half of what became a 61-48 win by the Roughers over the Wildcats.

Checotah was beaten on Muskogee’s glass by an 8-1 count in rebounds in falling behind 24-8 by the end of the opening quarter. Free throws also hurt. While the Wildcats’ DeShawn Jackson was 4-for-4, the rest of the roster was 1-of-11.

It was 32-23 at the half, and the Wildcats kept it near that margin until a final Muskogee push in the final couple of minutes, going up by as many as 16.

“When we went in at the half and tallied up all those missed shots we realized we should have been ahead,” Dowdy said. “We started slow, not in our element and when we decided to pick it up and play, we made a game of it.”

And, in the end, maybe that start had something to do with a couple of As, he noted.

“I thought we’d match up with them athletically and we did, but (Class) 4A Checotah’s been here before and seen 6A Muskogee and gotten beat up pretty good and you remember that. But we fought back and I’m proud of our guys for that.”

Roughers forward Anthony King erupted from a scoreless first half and led Muskogee (4-4) with 15 points, 10 in the third period that saw the lead at 48-32 by the buzzer.

“I just focused and let the game come to me,” the junior said.

Muskogee coach Josh Berry can look ahead to Friday’s semifinal against McAlester, a triple-overtime winner against Hilldale, at 9 p.m. on the Roughers home floor at Ron Milam Gymnasium.

“Any kind of win is good,” he said. “We weathered some storms with foul trouble and they kept coming after us, so any win is something to build on.”

Jackson and Deshay Bear each had 11 to lead Checotah (7-3), which plays Hilldale at 9 p.m. Thursday, also at MHS.

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