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High school basketball: Tony Aska Jr. leads Coyle to Class B state tournament

Coyle's senior forward has competed in rodeos at State Fair Arena, but will play his first basketball game there on Thursday.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 26, 2013

With Aska playing the post, Coyle can be aggressive with its trapping perimeter defense.

“If someone goes by us, we got a guy with a 6-6 wingspan protecting the rim,” Sumrall said.

Offensively, Coyle likes to get up and down the floor, and Aska is very much a part of the fast break.

“Some post kids, all they can do is stand on the block,” Sumrall said. “He can do more than that. He is pretty versatile and a great athlete, which allows him to play anywhere.

“He runs the floor really well. We get him flying down the floor in transition and he finishes really well.”

Coyle is not just a one-man show, however. The Bluejackets have four players scoring in double figures.

“We got a lot of weapons,” Sumrall said.

Coyle also has been strengthened by Aska's cousin, Eric Harris, who moved to Oklahoma from Chicago during the summer and is the Bluejackets' sixth man.

“I don't think we ever shot a ball together before he moved down here,” Aska said. “Once he did, we clicked like we were born to play together.”

Last year, Aska went to the State Fair Arena for the first time other than a rodeo when he attended the Class 2A state basketball tournament to watch his friend Chance LeBlanc of Preston.

Aska had a courtside view of the game then, but he said, “It wasn't as good of a seat as it's going to be Thursday.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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