Top-ranked Northeast cruised to an easy, 75-49, victory Thursday over Oktaha in the first round of a Class 2A state basketball championship game at State Fair Arena.
Austen Harris poured in a game high 19 points for the Vikings, including making five threes from behind the arc, and C.J. Jones added 17 points as Northeast never trailed in the game.
Northeast, 22-5, scored the first seven points of the game before Oktaha rallied for the only tie of the game at 9-9 midway through the first quarter. Then the Vikings then reeled off the last 10 points of the period – six on two three-point baskets by Harris – to build a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.
The Vikings scored the first bucket of the second quarter before the Tigers Daniel Hayes' three-point shot ended a string of 12 unanswered points by Northeast.
But Northeast then went on another eight-point scoring run to take control of the game and a 29-12 lead. When Jones rebounded and scored at the end of the second period, the Vikings led by 19 points at halftime, 37-18.
Oktaha never got closer than 15 points in the second half and trailed 61-38 after three periods. The Vikings, the defending state runner-up in Class 3A, built as much as a 31-point lead early in the fourth quarter, their largest of the game.
Blake Pittman led sixth-ranked Oktaha, which finished its season at 24-7, with 16 points. Northeast advances to meet the winner of Preston and Carnegie on Friday at 9 a.m. at State Fair Arena in the Class 2A semi-finals.
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