Class B boys: Coyle comes back to beat Red Oak in semifinals

by Ryan Aber Published: March 1, 2013
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It wasn’t easy for Coyle to keep its composure in the first half of Friday’s Class B semifinal against Red Oak.

Not much was going the Bluejackets way.

Tony Aska was struggling inside on both ends of the floor, most everything fifth-ranked Red Oak tried seemed to work and Coyle quickly found itself in a 13-point hole and struggling to hold on to a chance.

But the tide turned and No. 5 Coyle rode Aska and newcomer Eric Harris to an improbable 69-62 win at State Fair Arena.

“It’s real hard to stay calm,” Aska said. “I was playing high post and really couldn’t get in there to rebound. But I finally got my head in the game, figured out a way to get inside and things started going our way.”

Coyle (25-4) will play Arnett for the championship at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Harris, who moved from Chicago to Coyle in December, helped keep the Bluejackets in striking distance early until Aska started asserting himself.

Coyle trailed 32-19 less than three minutes into the second quarter.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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