, Muskogee, OK


January 7, 2014

34TH ANNUAL BEDOUIN SHRINE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Roughers open on a roll – Muskogee dominates Hilldale at Civic Center

The battle of Muskogee was just that for 10 minutes Monday night in the 34th Bedouin Shrine Classic.

Hilldale overcame six first-quarter turnovers and an early 11-4 deficit to get within four, 19-15, when Muskogee (5-1) went on a 10-0 run in the final 1:25 of the first half, then extended it to a 27-4 streak into the third period and coasted from there, winning 68-39 in first-round action at the Muskogee Civic Center.

Tramal Ivy, who led the Roughers with 17 points, had two baskets on feeds inside from point guard David Beasley. He also had a steal and outlet dish to Tavian Davis, who pulled up for a 3. Anthony King had the other and hit a pair of 3s in the third quarter as the Roughers’ size and athleticism took its toll on the outmanned Hornets, who play two classifications below their 6A counterpart.

“They played hard, and I think my guys played hard and played together,” Muskogee coach Josh Berry said. “That’s about as much fun as I’ve seen them have in a long time.”

It wasn’t as much fun for Hilldale and coach Jeremy Rogers, who fell to 1-5 and haven’t won since their season opener against Wagoner on Dec. 13.

“We didn’t finish and we gave them some momentum because of it,” he said. “But I thought we played as good as we could to that point considering the talent discrepancy and the size discrepancy. I figured going in that to hold them below 60 was about as good as we can do.”

Neither team generated a lot of offense. Muskogee’s 8-of-14 third quarter boosted an overall 26-of-62 (42 percent). Hilldale was 11-of-38 (29 percent).

“We needed to shoot 55 to 60 percent to be close,” Rogers said. “We broke pressure and got a lot of good shots and probably missed 10 to 15 shots that we’d normally make.”

For Muskogee, King finished with 16 points. Beasley had six assists and drew praise from his coach.

“Beasley did a good job getting the guys the ball and getting it to the spots they were comfortable shooting from,” Berry said. That’s what we need him to do to be the great point guard he can be and if we can get him to keep improving like that, that’s the kind of guard we’ll see.”

For Hilldale, Bill Muse Jr. had 11 points. Hunter Mullens was next with 9.

Muskogee, which went eight deep on its bench, outrebounded Hilldale 41-26.  Nearly half of the Hornets’ boards belonged to Derek Altman (12), while the Roughers’ were spread out along the roster. Lavare Reed led with 8. Ivy had 7.

“I thought we rebounded better the second half but they got more second and third chances than we did,” Rogers said.  

Muskogee gets Tuesday’s winner between Tulsa Hale and Coweta at 6 p.m. Friday on the Roughers’ home court at Ron Milam Gymnasium. Hilldale gets the loser at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.

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