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Class 2A boys state basketball notebook: Talihina a big surprise in 2A

Talihina enters the state basketball tournament unranked and overlooked. The Golden Tigers have gone 13-2 in their last 15 games and knocked off two top-10 teams, Wewoka and Oktaha, in the regional tournament.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 3, 2013
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Chouteau coach Travis Wheeler said the Wildcats were much better prepared for Northeast's press in the rematch.

“Anytime you are seeing No. 1, you can't simulate that kind of pressure in practice,” he said. “It wasn't an issue (in the rematch) because we were ready for it.”

Chouteau, which lost to Talihina in the state tournament quarterfinals two years ago, has four players averaging double figures in scoring.

“It's a different guy every night,” Wheeler said. “Some nights it's all four of them.”

Chouteau (19-8) has won 13 of its last 14 games.

KONAWA IGNITED BY RETURN OF POINT GUARD

Konawa has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14 to advance to the state tournament for the first time in almost 20 years.

The Tigers have been bolstered by the return of 5-9 senior point guard Alex Yellowfish, who returned from a knee injury.

Yellowfish, who played just eight games last season because of a knee injury, hurt his other knee at a summer football camp. He returned to the Konawa lineup in late January.

“He is a good point guard,” Konawa coach Gordon Garner said. “He just makes us go.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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