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Class B state basketball tournament: Southwest Covenant OK with being the tournament's unknown team

Part of the OSSAA for less than a decade, Southwest Covenant will make its first appearance in the Class B state basketball tournament when it faces Arnett at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carl Albert. And if you’ve never heard of the Patriots, they’re OK with that.
by Scott Wright Modified: March 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014

But make no mistake, the Patriots are set on winning some games, too — beginning with the defending champions from Arnett.

“We’ve never been this far, so it’s been a whole new experience for us,” said 6-foot-5 forward J. Brock Crockett-Beck. “We played some bigger schools this season and got beat, and we’ve been able to learn from that, and use that to be successful in our class.”

McMinn leads the way for the Patriots, averaging team-bests in points (22), rebounds (10) and assists (3.7). Point guard R.J. Harms adds 11 points and Crockett-Beck 10, to go with seven boards a game.

And all three are juniors, joined in the starting lineup by seniors Kolby Betts and Braden Brown.

“This has been a neat process for all of us, but especially being a part of it with our seniors, being the first ones to do this in school history,” Harms said. “Most of our school comes out and cheers for us.

“We’re really motivated, because other people don’t know what we can do.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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