By Ronn Rowland
Phoenix Sports Writer
For the Porter Pirates, it was a case of not being able to see the forest because of the trees.
The Hulbert Riders used the height advantage of Craig Potts, Parker Taylor and Mason Fielden to beat the Pirates 62-42 in the Small School boys game in the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic at Muskogee High’s Ron Milam Gymnasium on Tuesday.
“I bet they didn’t make a 3-point shot all night,” said Porter coach Jason Jack. “They took advantage of their size.”
Potts, a 6-4 senior, led the way for Hulbert (7-3) with a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds while Taylor, a 6-4 freshman, had 10 points along with Chris Vance and Fielden, a 6-1 freshman, had 15 points and seven rebounds. Jacob Richardson led Porter (8-2) with 16 points while Cody Winkle added 12.
“We kinda game planned it from the beginning,” said Hulbert coach. Darron McCord. “I can’t say enough, even our young kids. It was just a good job by everyone.”
Potts had a premonition that it was going to be a good night.
“Whenever I first looked at them, I thought that this was gonna be our game,” Potts said. “All coach told me to do was box out and get rebounds. I just did my job.”
Hulbert never trailed in the game, grabbing a 29-22 lead at halftime. Thanks to a 32-18 advantage rebounds, the Riders were able to seize control in the third quarter and held a 49-25 lead heading into the final stanza.
Hulbert will now face Oktaha at 6 p.m. Friday at Muskogee Civic Center while Porter meets Graham at 6 p.m. Thursday, also at the Civic Center.
HASKELL 65, SANTA FE CHARTER 46 – The Haymakers (4-5) put this game out of reach in the third quarter. They outscored the Santa Fe Charter Saints 16-12 in the period but held a 47-33 after three periods in taking the 65-46 victory in the Small School Boys Game.
“It was our game plan to close it out in the third quarter,” Haskell coach Jay Dixon said. “We wanted to have a cushion instead of having to hang around in the last quarter. This was a good win coming off Christmas.”
For good measure, the Haymakers outscored the Saints 18-13 in the final quarter to take the victory. Alex Wheeland led the Haymakers with 19 points. He also had nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Michael Love, the 6-foot-6 senior had 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Haymakers. Wes Davis added 10 points for Haskell, which gets Spiro in a 6 p.m. semifinal Friday at Muskogee High School.
Jesse Lana led Santa Fe Charter, which meets Summit Christian at 6 p.m. in consolation play on Thursday, with 11 points.
— Kenton Brooks
SEQUOYAH 71, TULSA WEBSTER 55 – Sequoyah gave up 32 points to Tulsa Webster’s Kortney Smith, but it didn’t hurt in the long run.
The Indians countered three players in double figures to beat the Warriors 71-55 at the Civic Center.
“We knew coming in that he was a really good player and we came up with a game plan that if he gave it up in our press, we tried to deny him getting the ball back and that worked some,” coach Jay Herrin said. “They might have won the individual scoring award, but we won the war.’
Ryan Helsley led the Indians (6-3) with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Jones had 14 nd Caisen Green added 10.
Nobody else on the Webster scored more than nine points.
JENKS 65, HALE 50 – The Jenks Trojans held off a feisty Tulsa Hale squad at Ron Milam Gymnasium on Tuesday to advance to Friday’s semifinal round
Jenks, 5-3 and No. 6 in Class 6A, held an eight-point lead, 18-10, at the end of the first quarter only to see Hale (2-9) cut the deficit in half, 31-27, at intermission. The Trojans were able to add only two points to their lead at the end of three, 46-40, before pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Jenks was led by Steven Parker who finished with 18 points while Luke Phillips added 11 points. The Rangers saw DaVaunta Thomas lead all scorers with 20 points while Emmanuel Hilton finished with 14 points.
Jenks moves on to play Sequoyah at 9 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center while Hale meets Tulsa Webster in the consolation round at 9 p.m. Thursday, also at the Civic Center.