Muskogee used a third quarter surge to gain the Large School Boys finals of the 34th Bedouin Shrine Classic, defeating the Coweta Tigers 51-38 at Ron Milam Gymnasium on Friday night.
Muskogee led 17-5 after one quarter. But the Tigers rallied to within three, 22-19, at the half and took a 24-22 lead early in the third before a 13-6 run for the Roughers, sparked by a monster dunk by Tramal Ivy in the third regained command and some much-needed momentum.
“We really wanted to step on their throats in the second half,” Ivy said. They are the kind of team that if you let hang around, they can win it. And we couldn’t let that happen.”
The Roughers (6-1) get Jenks, a 62-32 winner against Sequoyah, in a rematch of last year’s Large School Boys final. It will be the first installment of back-to-back games as both teams play at Jenks in Frontier Conference action on Tuesday. Coweta and Sequoyah hook up at the Civic Center for third place at 1:30 p.m.
Ivy finished with 16 points. Anthony King had 9. David Beasley had five key free throws in the fourth and wound up leading the Roughers with 17 points. He had seven first-quarter points.
“Our ‘bigs’ were strong tonight. Aaron Givens, Lavare Reed, and Tramal Ivy had a lot of touches inside. They played a good high-low game,” said Roughers coach Josh Berry. “Beasley made some good passes, our guards pressured when we needed to pressure.”
Coweta’s 19 points off of free throws kept the Tigers in the game. Cagney Roberson led the Tigers with 11. Caleb Norris and Jake Ross both had 10.
Jenks 62, Sequoyah 32
The 6A Trojans snuffed out any upset ideas of the 3A Indians by running off to a 23-5 lead after the end of the first quarter and outscored Sequoyah in every quarter after that to gain the finals
It was good to come out and get started early because those guys are giant killers and have been since I’ve been around,” Jenks coach Clay Martin said. “A lot of credit to our seniors for setting the point and it’s always good to have Steven Parker on the floor.”
Parker led the Trojans (3-2) with 14 points, Shawn Scott had 10.
For Sequoyah (7-2) Caisen Green and Hunter Soap led with just six apiece.
“We got some open looks, early 3s and didn’t fall and made one of our first free throws, then kind of settled in but they’re bigger faster, stronger and played really good defense,” said Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin. “We like these opportunities. We’re not going to see anybody in 3A that’ll put you under this kind of stress so it shows us what we can handle.”
—Mike Kays, sports editor
Large Sch. Boys
Seventh-place game, Hilldale vs. McAlester, Hilldale HS, 1:30 p.m.
Consolation final, Tulsa Hale vs. Checotah, Muskogee HS, 1:30 p.m.
Third-place game, Coweta vs. Sequoyah, Muskogee Civic Center, 1:30 p.m.
Finals, Muskogee vs. Jenks, CC, 9 p.m.