SMALL WEST'S 3-POINT SHOW LEADS TO WIN
Jake Regier made his 300-mile journey worth it.
After traveling from Forgan, in the northern portion of the panhandle, to Tulsa for the week, Regier scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Small West to a 100-82 win over the Small East in the All-State boys basketball game Thursday night at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center.
Regier made three 3-pointers, and the West made 15 treys in all, with Sterling's Trevyn Woolbright hitting four to account for all 12 of his points.
Velma-Alma's Dallen Mercer and Plainview's Deric Shelton each had multiple 3-pointers, while 6-foot-11 Crescent standout John Moon did the dirty work inside to finish with 11 points.
The Small East was led by Jeremiah Winney of Weleetka and Jeylyn Sharpe of Ketchum with 12 points each.
NEAL, ERVIN POWER LARGE WEST
Midwest City's Cornell Neal and Edmond North's Carble Ervin both did something for the Large West squad that you don't regularly see at all-star games — they played defense.
Active on both ends of the floor, Neal and Ervin combined for 31 points to lead the Large West to an 89-85 win.
Ervin, bound for Connors State, flashed the athleticism that made him such a special player during Edmond North's turnaround season. He fought for baskets and rebounds, found open men and got to the free throw line regularly.
Lawton's Tevin Foster and Putnam City's Ronnie Boyce each scored in double-figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Tulsa Hale's DaVaunta Thomas — a late addition to the team when another player pulled out — made the most of his opportunity, scoring a team-high 13 for the East.
CLARK, HUSBAND, BURTSCHI AMONG THOSE HONORED
Stephen Clark of Douglass, who scored all nine of his points in the second half of the large school All-State game, was honored before he took the court as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year.
Coach Donnie Husband, who guided Latta the Class 2A state title for the school's first boys basketball championship, was named the Coach of the Year.
And several coaches were recognized for reaching milestones, headed by Putnam City's A.D. Burtschi, who became the latest member of the 700-win club last season.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT