Oktaha found itself in a deep hole twice in the second half in its first round Bedouin Shrine Classic game. Twice the Tigers fought back.
But Matthew Fry’s off balance 3-pointer bounded off the back of the rim with two seconds left and Quinton escaped with a 65-62 win Thursday night at Hilldale Event Center.
“We were one turnover too many,” said Oktaha coach Darian Dickson. “I have to give it to my players though, they fought back. The last four minutes of the fourth quarter was completely different than the first four.”
Oktaha found itself down 52-39 early in the fourth after a 10-0 run by the Savages. But the Tigers rallied and a 3-pointer by Fry cut the lead to 52-46 with 5:21 remaining.
But once again Quinton went on a run and took a 60-48 lead with just over three minutes left.
“I called timeout and challenged our guys,” Dickson said. “I told them now was not the time to not compete. We started taking the ball to the hole and started hitting some three’s.”
The Tigers slowly chipped away at Quinton’s lead. Fry, who finished with 28 points for Oktaha, hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to cut the lead to 62-57 with 1:02 remaining.
Tyler Cloud, who led Quinton with 30 points, hit three of four free throws in the final minute as the Savages clung to their dwindling lead.
Fry then hit a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to narrow the lead to 65-62. Oktaha came up with a turnover with 10 seconds left and a chance to tie the game.
Following a timeout, Quinton pressured Oktaha and forced Fry to take an off balance shot that bounded around the rim before falling away.
Oktaha drops into consolation play against Haskell JV. Quinton draws Kansas.
In girls action, Oktaha will also head to consolation play. The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 20 in the second half, rallied to cut the lead to 49-43 with six minutes left, but it was too little as McCurtain pulled away to take a 64-49 win. Gracie Pendley led the Lady Tigers with 17. Mattie McClellan led McCurtain with 24. Oktaha because of Kansas’ bye in the first round will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game.
In earlier action, Red Oak girls defeated McCurtain JV, 63-24. Red Oak boys defeated McCurtain 63-48.
At Muskogee High, Haskell made it a varsity-level sweep. The Haymakers beat Cascia Hall ninth grade 65-53. Zane Adams had 24 points, all in the first three quarters, to lead the Haymakers (11-1), who get Red Oak next in a 9 p.m. semifinal at Muskogee High. J.T. Dixon added 23 points.
Haskell’s girls defeated Quinton 48-30 as Baylee Garner had 13 points and Sydnee Roberts each had 13 points. Summer Jones had 7 second-half points as the Haskell (5-7) will play Red Oak, which beat McCurtain JV 63-24, at 7:30 p.m. at Hilldale in one semifinal.
In the other game at Muskogee, Kansas boys got 9 from Blaine Pickup and beat Haskell JV 56-25. Daveion Lockett had 8 for Haskell, which plays Oktaha in a consolation game at Muskogee High School at 6 p.m. while Kansas takes on Quinton in a semifinal game at 9 p.m. at Hilldale.