Bixby 44, MHS 35
It was a game waiting for someone’s offense to take charge.
Bixby’s finally did, sort of.
The Spartans (9-13, 4-9) shot 2-of-20 in the first half, Muskogee 5-of-16 and took the lead on back-to-back baskets by Tramal Ivy on a tip-in and Anthony King’s putback off Tavian Davis’ missed 3, 12-9 at the half.
Losing its fifth straight game, the Roughers (8-14, 4-9) then managed one third-quarter basket, by Aaron Givens underneath the ring at the 1:33 mark. Bixby put up 16 points, shooting 6-of-12 in the quarter, to almost double their halftime totals. Seven Muskogee turnovers also hurt the Roughers.
“We didn’t come out ready to play the second half. We were walking around, casual and gave them some quick and easy layups and some confidence, then throw in all those turnovers and not communicating on defense,” said a frustrated Roughers coach Josh Berry. “It’s back to the drawing board.”
Except for a reversal in outcomes, the low-scoring affair wasn’t much different in the end than the 44-38 MHS win over Bixby at home in the first meeting. If there was a positive for Muskogee, it managed to bypass its previous low in points, 33 in a Bedouin Shrine Classic loss to Jenks. That, and starting point guard David Beasley returned after missing three games due to a concussion. He finished with four points and fouled out of the game with 13 seconds to play on an illegal screen call.
Adding to the negatives, both MHS teams close out the regular season at Union. For the boys, that means back-to-back games with the team they’ll face to begin regionals next week in Stillwater.
Ivy led MHS with 14 points while Anthony King finished with seven. Brayden Fivecoats led Bixby with nine points.
Both MHS teams close out the regular season Friday at Union.