MIDWEST CITY — The opening game of the Class 3A boys state tournament turned into the Caisen Green show.
The Sequoyah-Tahlequah senior scored 35 points, lifting the Indians to an 81-74 win over Sperry at Carl Albert.
“We were here last year, and having been in big games like this in the past really helps you stay focused and play well in the intense games like this,” Green said. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They know what to say to me to help get me going. And our crowd, they’re always amazing and they helped us today.”
Sequoyah-Tahlequah overcame an impressive performance from Sperry’s Casey Cole, who finished with 37 points to lead all scorers.
Cole and Peyton Pratt both hit 3-pointers to start the second quarter before Colton Ketcherside’s steal and layup capped an 8-0 run that helped the Pirates take a 38-31 lead into the half.
“We were disappointed with the first half,” said Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Jay Herrin. “That second quarter hurt us. It’s really pick your poison with (Sperry) because they’ve got Cole inside and bunch of shooters on the outside. In the second half we just started playing smarter basketball.”
It was Green’s impact that quickly helped the Indians take over in the second half as he scored 23 after the break, including a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to put Sequoyah-Tahlequah up 62-60 heading into the final quarter. B.J. Leach added 23 points for Sequoyah-Tahlequah.
“Caisen is a big-time player,” Herrin said. “Him and B.J. both really carried us.”