State basketball tournament notebook: Lights go out in State Fair Arena — twice

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 7, 2014

Two power surges caused the lights in State Fair Arena to go out twice Friday during the Class A and Class B semifinals.

The first happened between Class B girls semifinals and took around 10 minutes for the lights to come back. Once the lights were restored, both Red Oak and Lomega were granted 10 minutes of extra warmup time.

The second incident occurred with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter of the Class B boys semifinal between Okeene and Lookeba-Sickles. The lights were out for 14 minutes and the delay lasted around 20 minutes.

Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association officials said OG&E was unable to explain the first outage, and they believe the delay is due to the lights cooling and then restarting.

Power was not lost outside of the basketball arena.

Midseason mental swing boosted Kiowa

Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said he sensed a switch in his team midway through the season.

“They’ve overcome that mental hurdle,” Quaid said. “They believe they can do anything and that’s how they’re playing right now.”

Kiowa’s confidence started showing in the second half when they began driving to the rim.

“I told them at halftime that the dribble drive is going to be available because they are going to space out more to defend outside,” Quaid said. “And that’s exactly what happened.”

Confidence carrying Glencoe

Rallying from a 17-point deficit was a new challenge for the Glencoe boys, but they survived it just the same as all the others that they’ve come across during their 28-0 run to the Class A finals.

“This whole season, I don’t know if we’ve ever been down by more than two points,” senior guard Jake Lazenby said. “So this was totally different. We just had to keep chipping and playing Glencoe basketball.”

by Ryan Aber
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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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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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