The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


January 10, 2014

Pioneer, Kingfisher boys advance in WC

ENID, Okla. — Behind 22 points from Colby Koontz, the Pioneer Mustangs powered past host Chisholm 64-54 in the opening round of the Wheat Capital Tournament Thursday at Chisholm’s Paul Outhier Fieldhouse.

Koontz was one of three Pioneer players in double figures, joined by Brett McNaughton with 21 points and Patrick Williams with 14 points.

Pioneer trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, but turned the deficit into a 24-20 advantage at halftime and never trailed again, raising its record to 6-3 on the season.

Chisholm (3-5) was led by Danner Kiernan with 20 points and Austin Grieshober with 16 points.

Pioneer moves on to the winner’s bracket semifinals at 5:10 p.m. today against Kingfisher, which defeated Perry 53-30.

Jace Sternberger (17) and Gatlin Squires (11) combined for 28 points as the Yellowjackets remained undefeated at 3-0.

Sternberger was dominant inside as he had 15 points after three quarters to give Kingfisher a 40-23 lead. Squires had nine of his 11 points in the second half.

Jacob Albritton, despite having four fouls in the first half, led Perry in scoring with 12 points.

Chisholm plays Perry in the consolation bracket semifinals at 2:30 p.m.  

The other boys winner’s bracket semifinal will feature the other first-day winners, surprising Blackwell and Alva at 7:50 p.m.

Alva, one of the tournament favorites, easily dispatched Guymon 55-35 to reach today’s semifinals.

The 16th-ranked (5A) Goldbugs took a 32-15 lead at halftime and never were tested in the second half, coasting to a 55-35 win.

Lane Madsen paced the 16th-ranked Goldbugs with 21 points and Riley Hess added 13 for Alva, which improved to 7-3 with the win. Derek Portillo led Guymon with 19 points, but was the only Tiger that scored in double figures. Guymon (4-4) had a three-game win streak snapped in the loss.

Defending tournament champion Alva will face Blackwell in today’s nightcap at 7:50 p.m. after the Maroons suprised 17th-ranked (2A) Fairview 46-38 to advance to the boys winner’s bracket semifinals in  a rematch of last year’s boys championship game.

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