Class 3A boys basketball: Sequoyah-Tahlequah forges ahead, beats Sperry
YUKON — Despite an unexpectedly stagnant start, Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Jay Herrin maintained his calm.
“We don't like to call timeouts at the first sign of trouble,” Herrin said. “We teach our kids to fight through trouble.”
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The coaching ploy worked, and Herrin's team responded, shaking off the sluggish opening and cruising to a 73-65 win over Sperry in the first round of the Class 3A boys basketball tournament.
Sequoyah was down 12-4 in the opening minutes, but an 18-0 run, extending into the second quarter, catapulted the Indians into a comfortable lead they wouldn't give up.
Tyler Jones sparked the comeback, scoring 14 first-half points off the bench, en route to a game-high 17. Senior Ryan Helsley added 15 for Sequoyah.
Sperry made a late push, drilling four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but Sequoyah continued to make the necessary plays at big times, riding the momentum of that impressive first-half run to victory.
"Eventually it's up to the kids and the kids have to make plays," Herrin said. "And once they did, we got on a run and it kept going."
Sequoyah, now 20-8 on the season, faces the winner of Okemah and Crooked Oak at 10:30 a.m. Friday at State Fair Arena. Sperry ends the year at 23-5.
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