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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LATTA vs. TALIHINA, 2 p.m.

LATTA

Coach: Donnie Husband

Record: 26-3

Rank: No. 5

Tournament history: Ninth appearance (4-8) and first since 2005. … Never made a final. … First appearance came in 1969.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Kade Hayes, 5-10, Jr., 11

Brogran Cantrell, 5-11, Jr., 3.5

Brady Johnson, 6-1, Jr., 7.2

Jake Collins, 6-4, Sr., 13.2

Trent Storts, 6-0, Sr., 13.5

This season: Won 14 straight before losing to Konawa, 52-46, in area finals. Defeated Hydro, 45-36, in area consolation finals to qualify for state tournament. Only other losses were to Atoka and Dale.

TALIHINA

Coach: Darian Dickson

Record: 19-10

Rank: Unranked

Tournament history: 10th appearance (8-8). … Won 2011 title, beating Preston 42-27. … Runner-up in 2010 and 2009.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Clark Austin, 6-0, Sr., 19.1

Alan Lockhart, 6-3, So., 15.1

Ethan Sisk, 5-10, Jr., 8.3

Logan Hillebrand, 6-2, So., 8.2

Christian McClain, 5-10, So., 2

This season: Gone 13-2 in the last 15 games. Beat top 10 teams Wewoka and Oktaha plus traditional power Preston during the playoffs.

THOMAS VS. MERRITT, 7 P.M.

THOMAS

Coach: Jim Petree

Record: 20-6

Rank: Unranked

Tournament history: 13th appearance (8-12). … Runner-up in 1937 and 2008. … First appearance came in 1919.

Starting lineup

Player, Ht., Cl., Pt.

Chezden Nease, 6-0, So., 18.3

Trent Dunaway, 6-4, So., 11.2

Tyler Mannering, 5-9, Sr., 8.5

Justin Miller, 6-3, Sr., 6.7

Connor Simmons, 6-0, Sr., 2.2

This season: Knocked off Hobart, Hennessey, Luther and Alva during the playoffs, beating the Goldbugs 60-54 in area finals.

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