Class 3A boys basketball: Kingfisher falls to Victory Christian, eliminated from playoffs

VICTORY CHRISTIAN 33, KINGFISHER 30 — Kingfisher's Grant Newton missed a tough mid-range shot with 10 second remaining that would have given the Yellow Jackets the lead. Instead, Victory Christian's Jeffrey Jordan hit two free throws to seal the Conquerors victory.
by Berry Tramel and Gina Mizell Published: March 8, 2012

Victory Christian advanced Thursday afternoon to the Class 3A semifinals, even if Kingfisher made it difficult on the Conquerors.

Victory Christian trailed by a point when freshman guard Chris Crawford drove to the basket with 35 seconds remaining to give his team the lead for good. Two free throws in the final seconds by Jeffrey Jordan sealed a 33-30 win inside Southern Nazarene's Sawyer Center.

Crawford had 10 points for the Conquerors (26-4), who will play the Washington-Sperry winner at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Big House.

Kingfisher's Grant Newton missed a tough mid-range shot with 10 seconds remaining that would have given the Yellow Jackets the lead. After Jordan's free throws, Keaton Ely just missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game.

Ely had already made two 3's in the final 4:11 as part of an 11-2 Jackets run. Bryce Hyatt also made a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, helping Kingfisher (15-11) get back into the game after scoring only 16 points in the first three quarters. Hyatt finished with a team-high 14 points.

Slowing the game, though, appeared to be the Jackets' primary plan against the deeper and more athletic Conquerors.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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