The Edmond Sun

March 1, 2014

Antlers, Bulldogs host regional title tilts

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Deer Creek’s 10-3 run to begin the second quarter gave the Antlers significant clearance to pull away from Tahlequah for a formidable 71-45 triumph in a Class 5A regional opener Friday night at Deer Creek High School. The Antlers tip off in the championship tonight at 7 p.m. on their home court against Northwest.

Deer Creek 6-4 senior Tyler Haddock began the second stanza with back-to-back buckets, Elyjah Clark hit a short jumper and Haddock came running in for a tip-in off the glass to put the Antlers up 26-11 with 2:37 to go before intermission.

Tahlequah’s Matt Alberty stepped in and nailed a very long-range 3-pointer from the right wing to keep the Tigers alive trailing 26-14, but Deer Creek outsized Tahlequah and walked into the locker room with a 33-17 cushion.

Haddock scored a game-high 20 points (9 in the third quarter) and teammates Conner Avants (15), Noah McGraw (14), Josh Stokesberry (13, 2 3s) and Clark (12) all found double digits in the contest.

Edmond Memorial will also play for a regional championship on its home floor in 6A tonight after eliminating Ponca City 52-40 Friday.

In a game slowed down by the Wildcats, the Bulldogs (19-3) still scored 52 points on only 43 possessions. Memorial will take on a determined Putman North squad which defeated Broken Arrow in the early game.

“We didn’t shoot really well from the arc,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said following the win. “We went out of the first quarter up 16-6 and didn’t shoot it well. If we did, we could have blown it open early. We had a bad night shooting the basketball and it made for an ugly game.”

Santa Fe lost a shocker hosting Norman, as the Tigers eliminated a strong Wolves team 55-46.

“We didn’t deserve to win tonight,” Santa Fe head coach Lenny Hatchett stated. “We didn’t do the things we needed to do to win the game.”

Santa Fe hit just 19-of-51 field goals in the contest.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Hatchett added. “We’ve been fortunate to get to the free-throw line in the past going around 14 times. When you shoot 37 percent and go to the free-throw line just one time, you’re not going to beat many teams.”

The Wolfpack ended the season with a solid 17-6 mark.