Sapulpa 62, Muskogee 48
The Roughers trailed most of the first half mired by ball-control issues, coughing up 14 turnovers. David Beasley’s half-court shot at the buzzer made it a one-point deficit at the break and seemed to give his team a surge of momentum.
Larry Marshall ran off nine unanswered points out of the chute for Sapulpa as part of a 13-3 third quarter. Marshall had a game-high 26 points as the Chieftains (4-9, 2-6) had their turn at avenging a season-opening loss.
“They played harder than us,” Muskogee coach Josh Berry said on the way to the locker room, his team falling to 6-7 and 3-4. “We weren’t talking to each other, we didn’t play with any energy and we looked like a bunch of individuals out there. We’ll get that fixed tomorrow in practice.”
Sapulpa’s lead grew to 15 at 50-35 early in the fourth quarter, a margin that would be cut almost in half when Beasley hit back-to-back buckets to get the Roughers within eight, 52-44, with 3:06 left. The Chieftains took a time out and squelched the rally with back-to-back baskets, including another by Marshall, who turned a steal into a three-point play to all but seal it.
Tramal Ivy had 15 points and 11 rebounds for MHS. Beasley finished with 12 points and Anthony King had nine.
Muskogee finished with 21 turnovers and hurt itself as well at the line, going 7-of-18 for a paltry 39 percent. Next for the Roughers is the Carl Albert Tournament in Midwest City on Thursday and a date with 4A No. 7 Tulsa Central in a 2:30 p.m. tipoff.