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Class 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules

A closer look at the 3A boys state tournament competitors: Sperry, Sequoyah-Tahlequah, Okemah, Crooked Oak, Hugo, Millwood, Verdigris and Centennial.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT Published: March 6, 2013
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CROOKED OAK

Coach: Jay Means

Record: 15-15

Rank: Unranked

Tournament history: Fourth appearance (1-3). ... Last appearance was 2004. … Lone win came in 1975, beating Nowata 52-46 in the opening round.

Starting lineup

No.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

25; Steven Daniels; 6-1; Jr.; 16.4

10; Sanardo Ballard; 6-0; So.; 15.6

20; Kharon Norwood; 5-9; Jr.; 13.6

23; Shawntrel Skanes; 5-9; Jr.; 9.4

24; Deantray Hawkins; 5-10; Jr.; 5.1

This season: Ballard averages better than 30 points in the playoffs... Daniels leads the team with 7.1 rebounds... Norwood averages 5.0 assists... Won six straight postseason games after losing district playoff opener... Only two seniors on the 11-man roster.

HUGO VS. MILLWOOD, 7 P.M.

HUGO

Coach: Darnell Shanklin

Record: 21-6

Rank: No. 10

Tournament history: 14th appearance (13-12) and third in four years. … Won title in 1995, beating Deer Creek 72-55. … Runner up in 1989, 1994 and 2010.

Starting lineup

No.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

1; Nick Brown; 5-9; Sr.; 16

24; Trey Johnson; 5-11; Jr.; 12

21; Jordan Steafford; 6-4; Jr.; 9

3; Kameron Cooper; 6-2; Sr.; 7

41; Chris Scott; 6-3; Sr.; 4

This season: One of the older teams in the tournament, with all juniors and seniors among the top 10 players... Only two losses from opponents in Class 3A and below.

MILLWOOD

Coach: Varryl Franklin

Record: 15-9

Rank: No. 3

Tournament history: 30th appearance (63-16). … State titles in 1976, 1978-81, 1985, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1999, 2006-07, 2010. … Runner-up in 1977, 1982, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1997.

Starting lineup

No.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

10; Chris Crook; 5-11; Sr.; 11.0

11; Mike Mayes; 5-11; Jr.; 10.7

5; Ashford Golden; 6-4; Jr.; 10.0

3; Cameron Batson; 5-10; Jr.; 6.5

21; Jamal Green-Gaskins; 6-3; Jr.; 3.3

This season: Green-Gaskins averages six rebounds... Batson and Mayes average three assists per game... Defeated Centennial 62-60 in only meeting with another 3A state qualifier... Played 18 games against teams Class 4A and above.

VERDIGRIS VS. CENTENNIAL, 8:30 P.M.

VERDIGRIS

Coach: Randy Upshaw

Record: 23-4

Rank: No. 4

Tournament history: Eighth appearance (6-6). … Won 2008 title. … First appearance came in 2004.

Starting lineup

No.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

33; Blake Battenfield; 6-3; Sr.; 16.2

11; Cade Upshaw; 5-10; So.; 12.5

24; Chase Bryant; 5-10; Sr.; 8.7

23; Tyler Monroe; 6-0; Jr.; 8.2

5; Dakota Brasher; 5-11; Sr.; 4.4

This season: Played the most games against 3A state tournament qualifiers, going 4-1... Battenfield averages eight rebounds and Monroe adds five assists per game... Three seniors coming off the bench.

CENTENNIAL

Coach: Scott Raper

Record: 19-8

Rank: No. 1

Tournament history: Third appearance (6-0). … Beat Northeast, 64-59, to win the 2011 title and Victory Christian, 49-38, to win last year's championship.

Starting lineup

No.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

10; Malcolm Mitchell; 5-11; Sr.; 11

23; Austin Garner; 6-7; Jr.; 11

3; Malik Foxx; 6-1; Sr.; 10

33; Terry Davis; 6-1; So.; 8

22; Cornielous Mckiver; 6-3; Jr.; 7

This season: Two wins away from the school's 100th victory in its six-year history... Graduated one starter and one reserve from last year's title team... Four losses against teams from Texas.


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