Class A boys: Glencoe knocks off No. 1 Weleetka for title

Hunter Hall hadn't been used as an offensive threat, but he poured in 24 points and had nine rebounds to lead second-ranked Glencoe to a 54-50 win over No. 1 Weleetka.
by Scott Wright Published: March 2, 2013
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photo - Glencoe celebrates the Class A boys state championship between Glencoe and Weleetka at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Glencoe celebrates the Class A boys state championship between Glencoe and Weleetka at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Weleetka (27-3) got 17 points from Caleb Wittman, 12 from Montana Gormly, 11 from Shaun Bencoma and 10 from Jeremiah Winney.

Glencoe showed its offensive balance throughout the state tournament run, with Kagen Castlebury and Ty Lazenby each producing 20-point games before Saturday.

But Hall stepped to the forefront when his opportunity came.

“Those two breakaway steals were what broke their back,” Jake Lazenby said of Hall’s day. “We knew they were gonna guard the perimeter, so we knew if we got it to Hunter in the middle, he’s great with that midrange jumper and he can attack the goal. We knew he was gonna have a big night.”

For John Lazenby and his sons, Saturday’s win was the fruit of a laborious process. John Lazenby coached five teams to state, but this was his first time tor reach the championship game.

For years, when he was coaching at Chattanooga and Cyril, he and his sons would drive past the Big House.

“Every time, we’d say, ‘Dad, we’re gonna go there and win a gold ball,’” Jake Lazenby said. “It’s always been a dream. One team out of 96 teams gets the gold ball. It’s just unreal.”



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