Broken Arrow 68, Muskogee 41
The sixth-ranked Tigers (16-4, 11-2) shot 15-of-26 (58 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-5 for over five minutes of the second quarter. The Roughers (8-13, 4-8) for the same half were 6-of-24 (25 percent).
It was 34-17 Tigers at the half and all but decided at that point.
Those shooting woes hampered a team playing without starting point guard David Beasley for third consecutive game and freshman Quintahj Cherry, who shared those duties in Friday’s game at Jenks. Beasley is still not cleared after a concussion against these same Tigers on Feb. 1. Cherry was playing with the freshman squad in their conference tournament.
Tramal Ivy had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Muskogee, with Anthony King adding 12 points. The cumulative offense from the mix of guards coach Josh Berry threw at the Tigers was 2-of-5 in three quarters of play and 4-of-10 before Broken Arrow emptied bench with 2:10 to go.
MHS shot 35 percent (17-of-48) to the Tigers’ 50 percent (27-of-54).
By both design and force, Berry knew his inside guys had to do more, given the situation.
“Not having David (and his double-digit average) is a big difference but it gives others a chance to step and show they can also play at this level,” Berry said. “We’ve got to do a better job of finishing plays. We missed a lot of open layups and when you don’t take care of the ball, the turnovers lead to a lot of fast-break points for them. They’re a good-shooting team and we didn’t make it too hard on them.”
Muskogee will try and stop a four-game losing streak tonight at Bixby, a team it defeated at home 43-38 in mid-January. The regular season ends at Union on Friday before regionals against Union next week at Stillwater.
“The only thing we can do is get that hard-hat on and keep working and be ready when the time comes,” Berry said.
Jordan Phelps led the Tigers with 16 points.