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February 23, 2014

An FGHS sweep: Tigers, Lady Tigers maul Wagoner

FORT GIBSON — Ya’Quoob King couldn’t do enough to offset Fort Gibson’s dazzling offensive show Saturday night.

Not nearly enough.

Wagoner’s 6-foot-5 senior had 28 points and 11 rebounds, but his team lost 96-38 to the Tigers in the Class 4A Area IV district playoff at Harrison Field House.

While King did his thing around the block, the No. 6 Tigers (21-3) came at the Bulldogs (4-19) from every direction and with a balanced mix of shooters.

Coleman Crawley had 23 points to lead the way, Dalton Cunningham had 16 and Jordan London 12. A fourth starter, Chris Simpson, barely missed double figures with eight points. Austin Gassaway had nine off the bench.

“I thought our passing was really, really good — as good as it has been all season,” Tigers coach Gary Hendrix said. “We were very unselfish, trading good shots for better shots.”

The Tigers finished 35-of-61 from the field, 57 percent on the night.  They were 9-of-15 from beyond the arc in building a 51-16 lead at the half, Crawley at 4-of-7 leading the way.

King took a while to get started. His putback at the 1:44 mark of the first ended an 0-for-6 start for the Bulldogs, making it 20-6. He had the other four points on free throws.

“They were in there zone like they always are,” King said. “I did what I could.”

He turned it up a notch in the second quarter, going 5-of-6 and through halftime, had all of Wagoner’s points. In fact, the Bulldogs didn’t get anything from another player until Tracy Thompson got a free throw at the three-minute mark of the third.

Thompson finally got a non-King basket early in the fourth quarter.

“He’s hard to contain, a good athlete who can jump well and shoot well,” Hendrix said of King.

But again, not nearly enough.

Kyle Dortch had five fourth-quarter points, including a free throw that maxed the lead at 94-35 with 1:03 to play.

“Coach emphasizes unselfish play and team harmony. We try to execute that every game but I think we really did a good job of that tonight,” Crawley said. “I think that will be the key to our success from here on.”

Fort Gibson will play host to Sallisaw (6-17), a 56-45 winner over Muldrow on Friday, at 8 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinals. Wagoner gets Muldrow in a 3 p.m. game, also at Fort Gibson.

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