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Boys basketball roundup: Out of hospital, Paul Meuser coaches Tuttle to win over Bethany

After spending three days in the hospital undergoing tests and treatment, Paul Meuser was released on Thursday night and cleared to coach in Friday's game against Bethany.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: February 21, 2014

Paul Meuser is generally an easygoing guy on the sideline. But the Tuttle coach seemed to be enjoying himself a little more than usual during Friday night's 64-39 district playoff win over Bethany.

Meuser spent the previous three days in the hospital undergoing tests and treatment to boost his struggling immune system. Though he's still awaiting some of the test results, he was released from the hospital Thursday night and cleared to coach.

“I think he was glad to be back,” said junior guard Tyler Lester, who scored a game-high 16 points for the eighth-ranked Tigers. “It meant a lot to have him there. I know we were all worried about him, but having him back on the bench let us get back in the same routine.”

Tuttle was hot from the start, hitting six of their nine 3-pointers in the first half to build a 30-18 lead. Lester had four of the team's treys as the Tigers improved to 21-2 on the season.

“Our goal was to get off to a good start,” Meuser said. “I'm just so proud of our kids. You can tell when you watch a team when they have some characters out there, and you can tell when there are quality kids out there on the floor, and that's what we have.”


Trailing by eight with three minutes left, all Piedmont senior Cameron Peters could think about was keeping the third-ranked Wildcats' perfect record at home during the regular season.

Senior Kendell Franklin made sure Peters had a chance to deliver that, making a layup with 10.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against No. 4 Carl Albert.

Peters then did the rest, scoring the first four points in overtime to lift Piedmont to a 73-71 victory that previewed a possible playoff game in two weeks.

“It's huge,” Peters said. “We haven't lost at home, so it‘s huge. We knew Carl Albert was the team to beat and the whole Piedmont community knew that, so we just had to take it.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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