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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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CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL: THURSDAY'S GAMES AT YUKON

SPERRY VS. SEQUOYAH-TAHLEQUAH, 2 P.M.

SPERRY


Coach: Lance Kight

Record: 23-4

Rank: No. 5

Tournament history: Second appearance. … Lost to Washington, 62-59, in last year's first round.

Starting lineup

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

22; Casey Cole; 6-6; Jr.; 15.8

32; Dylan Parker; 6-1; Sr.; 15.3

23; Blake Teel; 5-10; Sr.; 15.2

11; Peyton Pratt; 6-1; So.; 13.8

15; Logan Mullins; 6-1; Fr.; 7.2

This season: Teel averages 7.1 assists and Cole adds 10.6 rebounds per game... Mullins contributes 7.8 rebounds... The Pirates were 1-2 against Verdigris, the only other 3A state tournament qualifier they played.

SEQUOYAH-TAHLEQUAH

Coach: Jay Herrin

Record: 19-8

Rank: No. 8

Tournament history: 11th appearance (12-9). … Made tournament nine consecutive times from 2002-10. … Won 2003 title, beating Metro Christian. … Runner-up in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Starting lineup

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

24; Ryan Helsley; 6-2; Sr.; 14.1

5; Caisen Green; 6-2; Jr.; 14.0

13; B.J. Leach; 6-0; So.; 10.2

21; Trinton Herron; 6-3; So.; 5.3

22; Niko Hammer; 5-10; Sr.; 3.6

This season: Helsley leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game... Green and Hammer each average 4.5 assists per game... Defeated No. 1 Centennial in area finals... Lost last two regular-season games but unbeaten since.

OKEMAH VS. CROOKED OAK, 3:30 P.M.

OKEMAH

Coach: Kale Simon

Record: 24-3

Rank: No. 2

Tournament history: Fourth appearance (3-3). … Runner-up in 2009, falling to Cascia Hall in the finals. … First appearance came in 1987.

Starting lineup

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

35; Austin Guinn; 6-3; Jr.; 16.9

33; Stoney Newton; 5-10; Sr.; 14.1

21; Dion Scott; 6-1; Sr.; 9.6

4; John Wingfield; 6-0; Jr.; 9.2

5; Rance McIntyre; 6-3; Sr.; 6.0

This season: Each starter averages at least 4.0 rebounds per game... Guinn leads the team with 5.0 assists... Ryan Titsworth adds 7.7 points off the bench... Won 22 of last 23 games after starting season 2-2.

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