Dewar advances at Tiger Classic

Dewar’s Morgan Britt (32) eyes the basket during the first period of Monday’s tournament opener against Liberty Academy.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

Dewar’s Kelby Carter (10) looks for an open teammate during Monday’s first-round showdown with Okmulgee’s JV.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

HENRYETTA - The 2017 Wilson Tiger Classic basketball tournament kicked off its week-long action Monday with four first-round games.

The Dewar Dragons and Lady Dragons competed in the first two contests on Monday, while the host Wilson Tigers and Lady Tigers closed out Day 1 of tournament action with the final two games of the day.

The Lady Dragons were the first team to punch their ticket to the semifinals with a 59-9 win over the Liberty Academy Lady Eagles in the tournament opener.

The Dragons became the first boys team to advance to Thursday's semifinal round, needing overtime to defeat the Okmulgee Bulldog junior varsity team, 78-75.

The host Lady Tigers dropped into Friday's consolation semifinals after suffering a heartbreaking 39-37 defeat at the hands of the Midway Lady Chargers in the other girls first-round game on Monday.

The Tigers also fell into an elimination game on Friday with a 51-38 setback to the Midway Chargers in Monday's final opening-round contest.

The first round of the 2017 Tiger Classic concluded on Tuesday with four contests. The Schulter Lady Bulldogs began Tuesday's opening-round schedule against Riverfield Academy at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Schulter Bulldogs battling Riverfield at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

The final two first-round games on Tuesday saw Graham-Dustin take on Hanna. The girls game was scheduled for 7 p.m., while the boys contest was scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

The winner's bracket semifinal games Thursday will begin at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m., respectively, with Tuesday's first-round winners battling each other, followed by Dewar squaring off against Midway at 7 and 8:15 p.m., respectively.

Friday's consolation semifinals will have Tuesday's first-round losers taking on one another in elimination contests at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m., respectively, while the final two elimination games Friday will see the Wilson Lady Tigers battle Liberty Academy at 7 p.m. and the Wilson Tigers squaring off against Okmulgee's JV at 8:15 p.m.

Below are summaries of Monday's first-round games at the 2017 Wilson Tiger Classic basketball tournament.

Girls Bracket

Dewar 59, Liberty Academy 9

The Lady Dragons led from start to finish, outscoring the Lady Eagles 28-0 and 16-0 in the first two frames for a commanding 44-0 halftime advantage. Liberty Academy took the third quarter by a slim 9-7 margin to make it a 51-9 Dewar lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation. The Lady Dragons capped off their first-round win by blanking Liberty Academy 8-0 in the final frame for the decisive 59-9 victory.

Morgan Britt was the top scorer for Dewar with a game-high 16 points. Savannah Been was next in the scoring column for the Lady Dragons with 12, followed by Noelani Corbin with 10. Ashton Been just missed double figures in the contest with nine. Other Dewar scorers in the opening-round win were Autumn Campbell with six, KiKi Carter four, and Skye Been two.

Jazzy Miles led Liberty Academy in scoring with four points.

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Midway 39, Wilson 37

The Lady Tigers came out of the opening frame with an 11-7 advantage. Midway cut Wilson's lead in half, 22-20, at halftime after taking the second period by a 13-11 margin. The Lady Chargers made it a 29-28 contest with a slim 8-7 advantage in the third quarter. Late in the final, with Midway leading 36-35, Raven Shaw came away with a steal and layup with 52 seconds left in regulation to put the Lady Tigers in front by one, 37-36. Midway knocked down a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining to come away with the 39-37 decision.

Shaw led all scorers with a game-high 18 points. Chyan Dugger just missed scoring in double figures for Wilson with nine, followed by Autumn Barnard with eight. Emma Sparkman was next with two points, while Terri McCullah rounded out the Lady Tiger scoring with one point.

Midway was led in scoring by Erin Walston with 12 points.

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Boys Bracket

Dewar 78, Okmulgee JV 75 (OT)

The Dragons led 24-11 after one and 40-28 at halftime. The Okmulgee JV squad matched the Dewar gentlemen 23-23 in the third quarter for a 63-51 contest with eight minutes remaining in regulation. The Dewar offense went cold from the field in the fourth period, tallying only seven points in the frame. The Bulldog JV squad put up 19 points in the final eight minutes to send the game to a 4-minute overtime period with the score knotted at 70-70. In the overtime period, the Dragons led 76-75 with three seconds left when Brock Hicks was fouled. Hicks calmly sank both free throw attempts to give the Dewar squad the thrilling 78-75, overtime, victory.

Joey Fowler led Dewar in scoring with a game-high 19 points. Hicks was next for the Dragons with 16, followed by the duo of Dustin Blood and Jentry Brison with 14 each. Kelby Carter and Baylor Selby were next for Dewar with five points apiece, followed by Brett Hayes with three and James Brison two.

Okmulgee JV was led in scoring by DeAndre Jones with 17, followed by Lewis Camacho with 16, Armando Rodriguez 15, and Kethan Harjo 11.

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Midway 51, Wilson 38

The Tigers trailed 13-8 after one and 28-17 at halftime. The Wilson squad was outscored 12-5 in the third quarter to go into the final frame down by 18 points, 40-22. The Tigers attempted to overcome the huge double-digit deficit in the fourth period, but only managed to outscore the Chargers 16-11 in the final eight minutes to suffer the 51-38 defeat.

Michael McKinney was the top scorer for the Tigers with 10, followed by Malik Thompson with nine and Kalem Grist seven. The quartet of Cobey Sellers, Josiah Sellers, John Berryhill, and Wyatt Danker rounded out the Wilson scoring with three points each.

Devon Harrison and Darius Mays-Twesty were tops for Midway with 13 points apiece, followed by Jackson Webb with 11.

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Tiger Classic

First Round

Girls Bracket

Dewar 59, Liberty Academy 9

Liberty -   0 -   0 - 9 - 0   (9)

Dewar  - 28 - 16 - 7 - 8 (59)

Liberty Academy Scoring: Jazzy Miles 4, Allie Hite 3, Mary Lytle 2.

Dewar Scoring: Morgan Britt 16, Savannah Been 12, Noelani Corbin 10, Ashton Been 9, Autumn Campbell 6, KiKi Carter 4, Skye Been 2.

Free Throws: Liberty Academy 0-0; Dewar 0-0.

Three Pointers: Liberty Academy 1; Dewar 3.

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Midway 39, Wilson 37

Midway -   7 - 13 - 8 - 11 (39)

Wilson   - 11 - 11 - 7 -   8 (37)

Midway Scoring: Erin Walston 12, Maleyah Dozier 8, Hayden Duvall 7, Haley Pierce 6, Kloie Pickering 3, Brittany Collins 2, Kaylee Herriman 1.

Wilson Scoring: Raven Shaw 18, Chyan Dugger 9, Autumn Barnard 8, Emma Sparkman 2, Terri McCullah 1.

Free Throws: Midway 2-6; Wilson 6-12.

Three Pointers: Midway 5; Wilson 7.

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Boys Bracket

Dewar 78, Okmulgee JV 75 (OT)

Okmulgee JV - 11 - 17 - 23 - 19 - 5 (75)

Dewar            - 24 - 16 - 23 -   7 - 8 (78)

Okmulgee JV Scoring: DeAndre Jones 17, Lewis Camacho 16, Armando Rodriguez 14, Kethan Harjo 11, Trivion Skinner 6, Keauno Gibson 5, Jourdan Lewis 4, Justin James 2.

Dewar Scoring: Joey Fowler 19, Brock Hicks 16, Dustin Blood 14, Jentry Brison 14, Kelby Carter 5, Baylor Selby 5, Brett Hayes 3, James Brison 2.

Free Throws: Okmulgee JV 10-16; Dewar 13-20.

Three Pointers: Okmulgee JV 9; Dewar 11.

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Midway 51, Wilson 38

Midway - 13 - 15 - 12 - 11 (51)

Wilson   -   9 -   8  -   5 - 16 (38)

Midway Scoring: Devon Harrison 13, Darius Mays-Twesty 13, Jackson Webb 11, Malyke Huffman 7, Chance Hays 4, Eli Barrows 2, William Hood 1.

Wilson Scoring: Michael McKinney 10, Malik Thompson 9, Kalem Grist 7, Cobey Sellers 3, Josiah Sellers 3, John Berryhill 3, Wyatt Danker 3.

Free Throws: Midway 12-25; Wilson 12-25.

Three Pointers: Midway 3; Wilson 2.

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