3A No. 8 Sequoyah (18-8) faced a similar situation, having its regional opener postponed a day last Thursday and had to finish on Monday, defeating Henryetta 63-49.
It brought about a Sunday practice for starters and by winning, avoided another scheduling hardship.
“The day after a game is a lighter day so we can get our legs back then we’ll practice hard tomorrow and Thursday,” he said. “Thankfully by winning we avoided having to play three games starting Thursday and not having that extra day in between practice and going on to area.”
Sequoyah will certainly get those legs challenged against No. 1 and defending 3A champion Oklahoma Centennial (17-7) at 8 p.m. Friday at Sand Springs.
“We’ll have to run some things we haven’t run because with the intensity of their man-to-man defense and their hard-nose drive to the basket style (on offense) we won’t have much success if we’re not in constant movement with back cuts, screens, and some other things. We just can’t go out there and stand still.”
Oktaha coach Jim Glover knows his Tigers have to travel a difficult road after losing its regional final to Talihina last week.
The 2A No. 6 Tigers play No. 11 Rattan on Thursday at Wilburton as half of a treacherous consolation bracket.
“We have the 6, 11, 10 (Wewoka) and 4 (Haworth), and only one of those are going to get to play on Saturday (in the consolation final against either unranked Talihina or No. 17 Preston),” he said. “Any way you cut it it’s a tough road to win three and get to where you want to go.”
Talihina in its second overtime game of the regional knocked off Oktaha 60-52. The foul count was 24-9 against the Tigers who had three starters foul out.
“I’m not going to say anything about the officiating but it’s like I told my kids, you got to put that behind you,” he said. “We did enough to ourselves anyway. We missed three layups in the first quarter, a couple of easy putbacks in the fourth even when we had the lead. Instead of making excuses we need to go in search for answers.”