The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 21, 2013

Trojans, Panthers still alive


Enid News and Eagle

MINCO, Okla. —  Adam Eaton had 22 points in leading Oklahoma Bible Academy to a hard-fought 54-49 overtime victory Friday over Snyder in a Class 2A Area 2 elimination game at Minco.

OBA head coach Alan Ford said the plan was to get Eaton the ball.

 “He did a good job of establishing himself in the paint and we wanted to get him the ball,” Ford said.

The Trojans (11-14) had lost six of their previous eight games entering the contest against Snyder (11-14), including a 63-50 loss Saturday to Fairview in the district finals, but fought their way back for today’s victory with a strong second-half comeback.

“We played some really tough teams during that stretch like Fairview, Alva and Hennessey,” Ford said. “I thought we played them all well and never got down, and played good team basketball.”

The Cyclones came back from a 13-8 first quarter deficit with a 23-point second quarter to take a 31-25  halftime lead behind Jagger Jones’ 15 points.

“Jones was basically their offense in the first half,” said Ford. “We changed some things up at halftime and put Logan Jantz on him in the second half and he did a really good job on him.”

The Trojans battled their way back in the latter stages of the third quarter, including scoring the last seven points of the period, while holding Snyder to only five points in the frame as the teams entered the final period tied 36-36.

OBA opened up as much as a four-point lead in the fourth, but could not completely hold off Snyder as the teams were tied 47-47, forcing overtime.

The Trojans dominated the overtime, outscoring Snyder 7-2 to claim the victory.

Joining Eaton in double figure scoring for OBA was Dylan White with 10 points.

Snyder’s Jones led all scorers with 26 points, but was held to only 11 points in the second half.

The victory sends the Trojans (11-14) into today’s 3 p.m. consolation bracket semfinal elimination game against the Walter-Latta loser.

“It’s nice to be playing your best basketball this time of year,” said Ford.

PC-HUNTER 57, DRUMMOND 55

STROUD — The best season in Drummond boys basketball history ended as Pond Creek-Hunter advanced to the Class A Area 3 losers bracket semifinals after edging the Bulldogs 57-55 on Brady Krittenbrink’s late layup Thursday.

Drummond’s Brady Kokojan scored nine of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs took a 53-49 lead in the final stretch. Krittenbrink split a pair of free throws on the Panthers’ following trip, and Zach Rayner rebounded the missed second, scoring the final of his four points to pull his team within 53-52. Two trips later, reserve Eric Galliton hit his third three to put PC-Hunter ahead, 55-53 with 1:17 remaining.

Kokojan rebounded his own miss to earn a pair of free throws and hit both to even the game at 55 with a minute remaining. PC-Hunter dribbled out most of the final minute to set up Krittenbrink’s baseline drive and layup to put the Panthers up 57-55 with 3.5 seconds left, and Parker Jankey’s desperation three missed rim at the final buzzer.

Being aggressive like Brady is, he just went and made a play,” PC-Hunter coach Darin Jones said.

Zach Wilson scored 14 in his final game and Jankey added 12 for the Bulldogs, who at 24-6 finished with both their best record and longest postseason run in team history.

“You’ve got to tip your hat to Drummond and coach (Curtis) Foster,” Jones said. “They were well-coached, they were well prepared, and we were fortunate to get out of there with a win.”

Galliton’s 14 off the bench led the Panthers and Krittenbrink scored 13 for the Panthers (22-6), who play at 3 p.m. today against Agra-Strother  winner in an Area 3 semifinal at Stroud.

FAIRVIEW 50, NAVAJO 31 (B)

Bryce Kippenberger (21) and Michael Christopher (10) combined for 31 points as Fairview’s boys beat Navajo 50-31 in the winners bracket game at Minco. The Yellowjackets (19-6) never trailed in the game. Fairview plays the Walters-Latta winner at 8 p.m. Saturday at Minco.

FAIRVIEW 61,  SNYDER 45 (G)

MINCO — Defending Class 2A girls champion Fairview outscored Snyder 40-18 in the second half on its way to a 61-45 victory over Snyder in a regional winners bracket semifinal Thursday.

Olivia Mason had 23 points for Fairview, including 15 in the second half. Baylor Reese had 14 of her 17 points after intermission. Fairview (22-3) will the Cordell-Latta winner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the winners bracket finals.

THOMAS 65,  HENNESSEY 44 (G)

THOMAS — The ninth-ranked Thomas Lady Terriers dominated throughout in defeating the Hennessey Lady Eagles 65-44 Thursday in a Class 2A regional winners bracket semifinal game. The Lady Terriers (21-3) ed most of the contest with Ali Clayborn leading the way, topping all scorers with 22 points. Hennessey was led in scoring by Ashton Copeland with 12 points and Shawnta Johnson with 10 points.

With the loss, Hennessey drops into the consolation bracket and will face the Merritt-Watonga winner in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. today.

THOMAS 47, HENNESSEY 34 (B)

THOMAS — Hennessey was unable to sustain a hot start against Thomas, falling to the Terriers 47-34 in a Class 2A regional winners bracket contest at Thomas.

The No. 20 Eagles (16-6) opened the game by going on a 9-0 run and led 11-4 after the first quarter. Thomas (18-6) found its range in the second quarter and used a 7-0 run of its own to draw to within 23-20 at halftime before taking over the game midway through the third quarter. Coming out of halftime Hennessey built a 28-20 lead but the Terriers would go on a 17-2 run to end the quarter.

Thomas took its first lead of the game with three minutes remaining in the third period when game-leading scorer Justin Miller (16 points) put the Terriers up for good on a runner that gave Thomas a 31-30 lead. The Terriers outscored the Eagles 16-4 the rest of the way in rolling to the victory.

Hennessey was led in scoring by Javy Renteria’s 11 points. He was the only Eagle to reach double figures.  The Eagles play Watonga, which defeated Mangum Thursday, in a consolation bracket elimination game at 3 p.m. today at Heritage Hall.

Thomas moves on to play the Merritt-Luther winner Saturday at Heritage Hall.쇓