No. 3 Spiro Bulldogs
Coach: Dustin Gist.
Players to watch: Knifeis Carter (5-11, Sr.), McKinley Whitfield (6-4, Jr.).
Notes: The Bulldogs’ only two losses this season came in a span of three games. Spiro lost to Roland 63-56 in overtime on Jan. 28 and then lost to Stilwell 57-56 on Feb. 7. ... Spiro is 8-2 against ranked teams this year. ... The Bulldogs made their way to the state tournament with a 52-44 win over Nowata in the area finals.
No. 4 Verdigris Cardinals
Coach: Randy Upshaw
Players to watch: Cade Upshaw (5-9, Jr., 17.4 ppg), Caleb Jones (6-4, Sr., 16.7 ppg), Laef Payne (5-9, Soph., 11.4 ppg).
Notes: All four of Verdigris’ losses this season have come in tournament play. Inola (Jerry O’Quin Invitational), Locust Grove (Bank of Locust Grove tournament) and Victory Christian (Port City Classic) were three losses in regular-season tournaments. Then the Cardinals lost to Sequoyah in the area finals on Friday night. ... Verdigris atoned for its loss in the area championship by beating Antlers, 72-42, in the area consolation contest.
No. 6 Atoka Wampus Cats
Coach: Russ Harrison.
Notes: Atoka is 10-1 in tournament play this season. The Wampus Cats’ lone loss was to Okemah in the area championship game. However, Atoka made up for the loss with a 63-37 win over Hugo in the area consolation contest. ... Atoka is 7-2 against ranked teams this season. Three of wins were against Hugo.
No. 2 Centennial Bison
Coach: Garrette Mantle.
Players to watch: Austin Garner (6-7, Sr., 14.1 ppg), Cory Morgan (6-2, Jr., 14.0 ppg).
Notes: The Bison won 3A state championships in 2011 and 2012, but had their championship run end with a semifinal loss to eventual state champion Millwood in 2013. ... Centenntial’s only two losses this season have come against 6A’s Lawton Eisenhower and Heritage Hall. ... The Bison beat Heritage Hall, 52-48, to reach the state tournament.