, Muskogee, OK


January 8, 2013

33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic Boys Tournament: Muskogee boys take advantage of Checotah misses to win


McAlester takes down Hilldale in 3OTs

It was the survival of the fittest.

For at least this Bedouin Shrine Classic Large School boys game, the McAlester Buffaloes topped the Hilldale Hornets 73-69 in three overtimes at Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gymnasium on Monday night.

But Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers wasn’t hanging his head after his team lost its second straight overtime game. The Hornets lost to Okmulgee last Friday at the Hilldale Event Center.

“I’m proud of my guys and how we fought back,” he said. “We made some plays that we didn’t have the past couple of games. The point is we’re getting to overtime. We want to win, but we do fight back and showed a lot of heart.”

Blakely Williams and Zac Skimbo sank a combined three free throws in the last 10 seconds of the third overtime to pull out the victory and improve to 3-6 for the season.

“We just gutted it out,” McAlester coach Jerry McCormick, an assistant principal at Fort Gibson in 2002-08, said as his team ran to the locker room.

It was the only points for Williams in the game and Skimbo’s foul shot was one of three he sank in the extra period.

It was the only points for Williams in the game and Skimbo’s foul shot was one of three he sank in the extra period.

Hilldale slipped to 3-7 for the season and has now lost the last three games by a total of seven points.

The Hornets play at 9 p.m. Thursday at Milam Gym in the consolation bracket, while the Buffaloes advance to the winner’s bracket and the semifinals at 9 p.m. Friday at Muskogee High School.

– Kenton Brooks

Small School:

OKTAHA 71, GRAHAM 29 – Add Larry Seymour to those impressed with the Oktaha Tigers.

His Graham Chieftains fell 71-29 to the No. 2 team in the Class 2A state poll in the opening round of the Bedouin Shrine Classic.

The Tigers flexed their muscle early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and later increased that to 16-4 en route to a 28-4 advantage after the first quarter 44-10 and halftime advantage in romping to the 77-77 victory and remain unbeaten through 11 games this season.

Seymour, the coach of the 1-12 Chieftains, said Oktaha’s fundamentals impressed him

“They’re very good and a classy team,” he said. “They could’ve beaten is worse than they did.”

Each of the 13 Oktaha player scored, led by Dustin Leach’s 16 points and Josh Power added 10.

Seth Pevehouse led the Chieftains with 13 points.

The only bad thing that happened for the Tigers is Devon Fry failed in a dunk attempt in the third period. It didn’t matter as Fry’s teammates held a 52-12 lead at the time.

Oktaha advances in the winner’s bracket to the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Muskogee High School against the winner of tonight’s game between Hulbert and Porter.

Graham will play the Hulbert-Porter loser at 6 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket at the Civic Center.

SPIRO 78, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 59 – Tim Perry scored a team-high 17 points to lead four double-figure scorers as Spiro turned back Summit Christian 78-59 at Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gymnasium on Thursday night.

Knifeis Carter had 15, McKinley Whitfield scored 11 and Jermaine Jimmerson added 10 for the Bulldogs.

Jeremy Pelotte scored 24 and Jared Minnix added 17 for the Eagles.

Spiro meets the Haskell-Oklahoma City Santa Fe Charter winner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center in the winner’s bracket. Summit Christian faces the Haskell-OKC Santa Fe Charter loser at 6 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.

– Kenton Brooks

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