Knights swept at home tournament


Free-Lance Sports Editor


HENRYETTA - The Henryetta Golden Knights continued their search for their first win of 2017-18 after going 2-and-out at the 2018 Henryetta Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend.

The Knights' two losses at the annual tournament came against Wilburton and Poteau in back-to-back contests.

The Henryetta squad dropped their opening-round matchup last Thursday with the Wilburton Diggers 69-50, then suffered a 78-68 setback to the Poteau Pirates last Friday in the consolation semifinals of the 3-day event.

The two losses suffered at their home tournament last weekend puts the Knights' season record at 0-7 heading into Tuesday's home battle with the Eufaula Ironheads. The Henryetta squad will also be in action on Friday, traveling to Kellyville for an 8 p.m. showdown with the Kellyville Ponies.

Below are summaries of the Knights' participation at the 2018 Henryetta Invitational Basketball Tournament.

First Round

Wilburton 69, Henryetta 50

The Knights took the back-and-forth opening quarter by a slim 15-13 margin. Wilburton took a 31-23 lead into the halftime break after outscoring the host Henryetta squad 18-8 in the second period, then extended its lead to 44-28 after three quarters with a 13-5 advantage in the third stanza. The Knights attempted to overcome the double-digit deficit, but were outscored 25-22 in the final eight minutes of regulation to suffer the 69-50, opening-round, defeat.

Colten Wion led Henryetta in scoring with 12 points. Jerad Fife was next for the Knights with eight points, followed by Micah Lowe and Jarett Day with seven points each. Other HHS scorers against Wilburton were Drew Brown with five, Daniel Bear and Avery Moore three apiece, Tayten Fixico and Zavier Pelley two each, and Joey Watson one.

Wilburton's top scorer was Kyle McAlester with a game-high 37 points. Levi Knight also reached double-digit scoring for the Diggers with 19.


Consolation Semifinals

Poteau 78, Henryetta 68

The Knights trailed 17-16 after one quarter of play, then were outscored 26-15 in the second period to send the teams to their respective lockerrooms with the Henryetta gentlemen down by 12 at the intermission, 43-31. The Knights attempted a second-half comeback, but only managed to outscore the Pirates by margins of 19-18 and 18-17, respectively, in the final two quarters to come up on the short end of a 78-68 outcome.

Colten Wion once again led the Knights in scoring, finishing with a team-best 19 points. Three other Henryetta players found their way into double-digit scoring against Poteau. Jerad Fife was next for the Knights with 16, followed by Jarett Day and Drew Brown with 10 apeice. Other HHS scorers in the elimination contest were Daniel Bear and Avery Moore with five points each and Micah Lowe with three.

Poteau was led in scoring by Kyson Hardaway with a game-high 20 points. Other double-digit scorers for Poteau were Ryan Ward with 17, Jameson Shackleford 14, and Atticus Pate 10.


Henryetta Invitational

First Round

Wilburton 69, Henryetta 50

Wilburton - 13 - 18 - 13 - 25 (69)

Henryetta - 15 -   8 -   5 - 22 (50)

Wilburton Scoring: Kyle McAlester 37, Levi Knight 19, Tyler Holliday 8, Hunter Donoley 3, Lane Brown 2.

Henryetta Scoring: Colten Wion 12, Jerad Fife 8, Micah Lowe 7, Jarett Day 7, Drew Brown 5, Daniel Bear 3, Avery Moore 3, Tayten Fixico 2, Zavier Pelley 2, Joey Watson 1.

Free Throws: Wilburton 18-23; Henryetta 3-10.

Three Pointers: Wilburton 6; Henryetta 3.


Consolation Semifinals

Poteau 78, Henryetta 68

Poteau       - 17 - 26 - 18 - 17 (78)

Henryetta - 16 - 15 - 19 - 18 (68)

Poteau Scoring: Kyson Hardaway 20, Ryan Ward 17, Jameson Shackleford 14, Atticus Pate 10, Brandon Moore 9, Tristan Vancil 4, Quincy Pate 2, Ethan Bradshaw 2.

Henryetta Scoring: Colten Wion 19, Jerad Fife 16, Jarett Day 10, Drew Brown 10, Daniel Bear 5, Avery Moore 5, Micah Lowe 3.

Free Throws: Poteau 15-26; Henryetta 10-21.

Three Pointers: Poteau 13; Henryetta 10.

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