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Class 2A boys basketball state tournament capsules

A closer look at the competitors in the 2A boys state tournament, which begins Thursday at Oklahoma City University: Latta, Talihina, Thomas, Chouteau-Mazie, Merritt, Haworth, Konawa and Ketchum.
BY ED GODFREY Published: March 6, 2013
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MERRITT

Coach: Russ Rundle

Record: 29-1

Rank: No. 3

Tournament history: Fourth appearance (2-3) and third consecutive. … Lost to Cheyenne/Reydon in last season's Class A championship game. … First appearance came in 1992.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Branson Daugherty, 5-10, Sr., 20

Peirson Waugh, 6-3, Jr., 10

Trek Rundle, 6-1, Sr., 7

Francis Potter, 6-3, Sr., 6

Ryan Gardner, 5-9, Sr., 9

This season: Set a school record for wins this season. Won 24 straight before losing to Luther, 63-62, in the first round of the regional tournament. Defeated No. 7 Alva in area consolation finals on Monday night.

CHOUTEAU-MAZIE VS. KETCHUM, 3:30 P.M.

CHOUTEAU

Coach: Travis Wheeler

Record: 19-9

Rank: Unranked

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Travis Brannon, 6-5, Sr., 11.7

Jason Couch, 5-10, Sr., 12.1

Jordon Shive, 6-0, Sr., 13.3

Matthew Bendure, 6-2, Sr., 2.3

Arlis Alsip, 5-9, So. 11.9

This season: Won 14 of its last 15 games and knocked out No. 1 Northeast in the area consolation finals after losing to the Vikings in the regional final.

KETCHUM

Coach: Grant Callison

Record: 26-0

Rank: No. 2

Tournament history: Eighth appearance. … Won the 1995 title, beating Hooker 68-66. … Runner-up in 1994 and 1996.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Tristen Pendley, 6-3, Jr., 12.8

Tanner Mouse, 6-2, So., 13.9

Jeylyn Sharpe, 6-4, Sr., 23.0

Trae Fairchild, 6-1, Sr, 11.0

Quinton Inman, 5-9, Jr., 5.0.

This season: One more win will break the school record for most victories in a season. Beat No. 1 Northeast, 52-51, in the area finals.

KONAWA VS. HAWORTH, 8:30 P.M.

KONAWA

Coach: Gordon Garner

Record: 21-7

Rank: No. 13

Tournament history: 10th appearance (10-8). … Won title in 1980, beating Snyder 63-62. … Runner-up in 1981, 1984, 1987.

 Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Alex Yellowfish, 5-9, Sr., 8

Jacob Garner, 6-0, Sr. 3.3

Zach Snow, 6-3, Jr., 15.2

Justin Little, 6-0, Sr., 10.5

Trent Davis, 6-3, Sr., 16.6

This season: Has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14. Was bolstered by the return of point guard Alex Yellowfish from a knee injury that occurred during the offseason at a summer football camp.

HAWORTH

Coach: Burtchal Griffin

Record: 25-6

Rank: No. 4

Tournament history: 11th appearance (7-12). … Runner-up in 1985 and 2012. … Lost to Northeast, 71-45, in last season's championship.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Hayden Grimes, 6-1, Jr., 15.0

Oscar Rivera, 6-0, So., 15.5

Isaiah Daffern, 5-8, Jr., 4.5

Junior Griffin, 6-2, Jr., 16.0

Eric Gambill, 6-8, Sr., 7.0

This season: Lost to No. 17 Preston in regional finals but bounced back to defeat No. 10 Wewoka and No. 6 Oktaha to earn another trip to state tournament.


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