Forgan, Tyrone, Hooker boys win district championships PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 February 2011 13:29

By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla. — Sounds nice, make it twice. For the second straight year, the Hooker Bulldogs downed the Beaver Dusters in the district tournament, and this time, the Bulldogs captured the Area 1, District 4 championship in convincing fashion, 62-54, Saturday night in the Duster Dome.
The win was Hooker’s 11th in its last 12 games after a 5-5 start.
“It feels really good just because I know hard these kids worked everyday and what they put in it,” Hooker head coach Bud Valerius said. “I’m excited for them and I’m excited because this is just a terrific club we beat on their home court. I thought they played really well, we pretty good ourselves.”
It was the Dusters who took the early lead in front of a large, predominantly Bulldog blue-clad crowd.
The Bulldogs (16-6) jumped to a quick 6-2 lead on a free throw by Alex Sanchez and a trey by Payson Slater. But Beaver (15-9) quickly tied it on a treys by Cole Trippet and Samuel Becker.
Down 10-8, Becker gave Beaver an 11-10 lead with another 3-pointer, and the Dusters went on to lead 15-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Their were four ties or lead changes in the second quarter, with Beaver leading by as much as four at one point before Hooker regained the advantage, easing into a 26-25 lead at halftime.
Then the bottom fell out for Beaver in the third. Hooker went on an 11-0 run to open the second half, and never trailed again.
“We talk about every single game, the first three minutes of the third quarter,” Valerius said. “It’s probably the most important three minutes other than the last three. I didn’t have to say anything, the kids are the ones who said the first three minutes they’re going to go out and get it. They came out and went on an 11-0 run which gave us some breathing room.”
Down by as much as 12 in the third quarter, Beaver clawed back to 40-33 entering the final frame. Hooker pulled out to a 44-36 lead before Beaver cut it back to 44-39 on a shot by Tanner McFarland.
Hooker pulled it back to an 11-point advantage, but the Dusters cut it back to eight behind Trippet and Allan Butterfield. Hooker went back up by 10, then Beaver surged back to make it a 5-point game in the final minute.
But the Bulldogs made three of their final four free throws to ice it.
“We went so dry there in the third quarter, just turned it over a few times and didn’t get good looks,” Beaver coach Brian Stalder said. “They executed and it was just battling up hill the whole time from there.”
Hooker will take on Vici Thursday in Laverne while Beaver battles Texhoma.
Tyrone ............... 67
Felt .................... 52

Saturday in Boise City, Austin Olivas scored 26 points as the Tyrone Bobcats overcame a slow start and dominated the second half to win the district championship.
Olivas had six 3-pointers for Tyrone, who opens the regional tournament Thursday against Goodwell — a team they’ve played three times — winning all three previous meetings. The game will take place at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
The score was tied at the end of the first quarter and Tyrone edged out to a 4-point lead at the half.
“Finally we kind of had a burst in the third quarter where we kind of separated a little bit and held our lead the rest of the game,” Tyrone head coach Clay Witt said.
The slow start might be attributed to Tyrone not playing much the week prior to the district tournament due to weather cancellations.
“That might have been a contributor,” Witt said. “Playoff basketball, you never know how the kids are going to go. You might be tight, a little bit nervous knowing that this game matters more than most.”
If Tyrone gets past Goodwell, they’ll likely play No. 1 Forgan in the regional championship. Forgan travels to Arnett to face a tough Arnett squad at one of the regional sub-sites.
Goodwell upset Balko in their district championship at Balko.
“It’’s a bit of an upset,” Witt said. “It’ll be the fourth time we play them. But it was going to be the fifth time to play Balko. Every game we had played Balko it was just down to the wire. I don’t anticipate anything but a great game from Goodwell. I just don’t like playing teams this many time because the element of surprise is certainly not there any longer.”
Forgan .................... 74
Hardesty ................. 22

Saturday at Yarbrough School south of Elkhart, the Forgan Bulldogs improved to 21-2 overall and captured the district championship with an easy win over the Hardesty Bison.
Forgan will travel to Arnett to face Arnett in the first round of the regionals before heading to Goodwell for the second round on Friday.

 

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