By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
It might have been cold and wet outside, but there was a dry spell inside the Muskogee Civic Center on Saturday night.
For the Roughers, a span of little more than nine minutes in the first half without scoring must have felt like a desert.
That sealed their fate in losing 53-39 to the Jenks Trojans in the Large School Boys championship game at the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic at the Muskogee Civic Center.
During that nine-minute span, MHS went from a 6-4 lead with 4:59 left in the first period to a 23-6 deficit with 3:56 remaining in the half.
“We had some troubles putting the ball in the hole,” Muskogee coach Joshua Berry said. “We’ve got to do a better job defending and rebounding and we’ll be all right. Our game plan was to come out and play with a lot of energy, but we didn’t have the energy that we would like.”
Tramal Ivy, who shared team-high scoring honors with David Beasley with 17 points, said his team struggled with ball movement.
“That dry spell really hurt us,” he said. “That’s something we’ve got to work on and the way we can do that is work hard in practice and have more intensity. We’ll work to move the ball better.”
Ivy and Beasley were named to the all-tournament team. Muskogee dropped to 5-5 for the season.
Jenks, meanwhile, improved to 8-3 in defending its tournament championship. The Trojans, ranked No. 6 in the Okrankings.com Class 6A poll, had beaten Muskogee 70-52 last week and coach Clay Martin, a former Muskogee head coach in 2002-03, kept that in mind Saturday night.
“I was really proud of our guys for bouncing back,” he said. “We were just trying to give them different looks defensively that we didn’t show them in the first game because they might have made some adjustments. Luckily for us, some of their shots weren’t falling.”
Meanwhile, shots fell for the Trojans in that 19-0 scoring run. Jacob Seidel scored 10 points in the first half to finish with 14 and was also named to the all-tournament team.
The rest of the all-tournament selections were Luke Phillips of Jenks and Kortney Smith of Tulsa Webster.
Sequoyah 74, McAlester 58 – Ryan Helsley had 15, while Trinton Herron scored 14 and Tyler Jones added 11 for Hilldale. Todd Dawkins scored 18, while Jalen Erving had 14 and Austin Taylor added 12 for Hilldale.
Tulsa Webster 55, Hilldale 53 – Kortney Smith and Anthony Wilson had 16 points each and Tyreek Shaw added 10. Bill Muse, Jr. led the Hornets with 16 points and Jordan Proctor added 12.
Tulsa Hale 65, Checotah 58 – Devonte Thomas ripped the nets for game-high 39 points for Hale. Deshawn Jackson had 14, Braylon Warrior scored 12 and Cameron Pipe added 11 for Checotah.