, Muskogee, OK


January 16, 2013

MHS defends home court: Girls and boys each pull out five-point wins over Bixby



Muskogee 43, Bixby 38

There’s a scouting secret out now — if you poke David Beasley in the right eye on a foul, he can’t see.

The Muskogee point guard sank two clutch free-throws with his team up 3 to all but seal the game at 41-38, but missed a pair a few seconds later that would have nailed it. The Roughers (6-5, 3-2) held on anyway.

“I shoot out of my left,” he said. “I tried but I was like (squinting). I just couldn’t.”

Beasley finished with 11 points, just ahead of post man Tramal Ivy, whose double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) also proved to be key.

Muskogee coach Josh Berry didn’t seem to be concern about what might end up in opponent’s scouting reports concerning his point guard.

“He played like a true point guard, like we’ve been trying to get him to all year,” Berry said. “He controlled the tempo and made plays, especially in the fourth quarter.”

Those plays helped get him to the line. Beasley made the Spartans defense come to him and made them pay for it, sinking 4 of 4 from the line in the quarter with his good eye.

Down 10-8 after a quarter, a 10-2 run gave the Roughers an 18-12 lead just before the half. Beasley scored on a layup with 2:08 to go in the third, giving MHS its biggest lead at 41-33, a margin they would equal once more.

Cantrell Ashley added eight for the Roughers.

Breyden Fivecoats led Bixby (5-7, 2-4) with 11 points.

Muskogee returns to action on Thursday at home against Union in 6 and 7:30 p.m. games.

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