By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Cade Pfleider sat through much of the first three quarters with foul trouble, but the rest turned out to be for the best Friday in the Wheat Capital Tournament’s championship semifinal round.
Pfleider returned to scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including all four of Alva’s points in the extra session, and the Goldbugs topped Kingfisher 47-45 to secure a spot in today’s title game.
“It was pretty fun,” Pfleider said. “It was exciting.”
“He got some huge rebounds, and some huge stick-backs,” said Alva coach Paul Duncan. “He didn’t break a sweat in the first half because of foul trouble. At halftime, I said, ‘Cade, you haven’t even broke a sweat yet,’ so we called his number, and he delivered. That’s what it’s all about.”
Kingfisher’s Conner Primgritz twice hit a pair of free throws to tie the game late — first with 23.3 seconds in regulation, and again with 1:22 left in overtime — and Landon Nault stole an Alva inbounds pass with 7.4 seconds left in the fourth to force overtime.
But with 7.9 seconds left in the fifth and final period, Alva’s Cody Forell missed the front end of a one-and-one — after Goldbug senior Reygan Martin did the same one possession earlier — to give Kingfisher one last chance to tie or win.
But Alva caught Keaton Ely in a trap in the low block, and by the time he passed out of it to teammate Jared Hendrix, the buzzer had sounded.
“I told them it came down to a one possession game,” said Kingfisher coach Craig Patterson. “You had every chance in the world to make some plays, and make some free throws, and we just couldn’t do it. We had two or three chances to make some plays and tie it up, but we just couldn’t do it.”
While Pfleider was out, reserve forward Lane Madsen helped keep Alva, which trailed trailed 34-30 entering the fourth, within reach. Madsen finished with a game-high 14 points on a perfect seven-for-seven shooting performance from the floor, his only misses coming at the free throw line.
“By far (this is the best I’ve played),” said Madsen, a reserve who scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting Thursday against Pioneer. “This is the most points I’ve scored in a while.”
“He is really playing well,” Duncan said. “Through the preseason, he was really playing strong ... But man, we called his number, too, and he just made plays for us to win.”
Martin scored 12 and Riley Hess and Forell each added four for Alva (9-2), which will play for its first Wheat Capital Tournament title since 2006 at 7:50 p.m. against Blackwell. Alva has split two games with the 4A No. 18 Maroons this season, losing 49-35 to open the season and winning 67-45 on Tuesday.
Nault scored a team-high 11 and Primgritz added seven for Kingfisher (6-2), which will play Fairview for third place at 5:10 p.m.
Blackwell 47, Fairview 29
Trey Hubbard poured in 20 points as Blackwell defeated Fairview 47-29 in the other boys semifinal.
Fairview was able to keep within striking distance through three quarters, trailing 35-26, but a dominating defensive effort by the Maroons limited the Yellowjackets to only three points in the final stanza as Blackwell (9-1) won going away.
The ’Jackets (9-3) were led in scoring by Michael Christopher’s 14 points.
Chisholm 50, Pioneer 44
Colby Koontz scored 16 and Nicholas Denker added 13 for Pioneer, but Chisholm defended its home floor behind Danner Kiernan’s game-high 17, securing a berth in the Wheat Capital’s consolation final with a 50-44 win on Friday.
The Longhorns (4-8) took a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter and never surrendered it to advance to the 2:30 p.m. consolation finals against Perry.
Perry 59, Guymon 45
Perry outran Guymon in the second half to secure a berth in the consolation finals, topping the Tigers 59-45.
Jacob Albright scored a game-high 20, Shaheem Turner and Kale Hixon each added 16 for Perry (8-4), which entered the second half tied with Guymon at 23 before outscoring the Tigers 36-22 in the final two quarters. Arnoldo Mancada scored 19 for Guymon (3-8).
Today's boys games
11:50 a.m.: Guymon vs. Pioneer
2:30 p.m.: Perry vs. Chisholm
5:10 p.m.: Fairview vs. Kingfisher
7:50 p.m.: Blackwell vs. Alva
Today's girls games
10:30 a.m.: Pioneer vs. Guymon
1:10 p.m. Blackwell vs. Perry
3:50 p.m.: Kingfisher vs. Chisholm
6:30 p.m.: Alva vs. Fairview