Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

January 13, 2013

A Shrine success

Indians breeze to third-place finish over McAlester in Bedouin Shrine Classic.

MUSKOGEE — Basketball is pretty easy when you’re shooting layups all day long. Just ask Sequoyah.

The Class 3A No. 15 Indians made a living at the rim, making 53.7 percent of their shots in a not-as-close-as-the-final-score-indicates 74-58 rout of McAlester at the Muskogee Civic Center on Saturday afternoon.

“We played good,” Sequoyah’s 6-foot-1 senior Ryan Helsley said following the third-place game of the large school boys bracket in the Bedouin Shrine Classic.

“Coach told us before the game that we needed to push the ball, and I think we did that.”

Helsley was one of 11 Sequoyah players to score against the Buffaloes, pouring in a team-high 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He did most of his damage in the second and third quarters, scoring 13 of his points of mostly easy shots underneath the rim.

He was able to do that because Sequoyah’s full-court press was a living nightmare for McAlester (3-8). The Indians made the mid-court line seem like a brick wall at times, forcing McAlester turnovers in the backcourt, which led to uncontested or moderately easy shots.

“That’s just how we play,” said Helsley, whose team forced 32 turnovers in 32 minutes of action. “That’s just how they coach us up to play.”

The Indians (7-4) were also deeper on the bench than McAlester was. Sequoyah outscored McAlester’s bench, 30 to four.

“Today I wanted to spread the minutes out and make sure we had fresh guys out there,” said Sequoyah coach Herrin, who got 11 points from T.J. Jones, seven from Quinton Johnston and six from Mahli McNac off the bench.

“So we went a little deeper into the bench, and that kind of shortened their rotations down a little bit.”

It was Sequoyah’s starters that put some separation between the two clubs in the second quarter. With the game tied at 16, the Indians generated a 13-0 run to erase any doubt in how this one was going to end up.

“We knew they might hang with us early for a little while,” said Herrin, whose team shot 29 of 54 from the field. “And we thought we could wear them down at the end of each half, and that’s kind of what we did.

“Once we got (the game) wiped up into a frenzy, it was pretty good for us.”

Not even a perfect shooting quarter could help McAlester be competitive. The Buffaloes were 7 of 7 from the field in the third quarter, but 10 turnovers hampered McAlester’s comeback efforts.

Todd Dawkins finished a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor to score a game-high 18 points for McAlester. Jalen Erving and Darrion Brown both also scored in double figures for the Buffaloes with 14 and 12, respectively.

For Sequoyah, wins over Webster and McAlester, coupled with a narrow setback against Jenks on Friday night, send the Indians into a Tuesday contest at Cascia Hall with a renewed sense of confidence.

“We look at (this tournament) as a chance to improve against really good competition,” Herrin said. “Nothing against small schools or anything like that, but when we get a chance to play bigger schools, we like to do that. It kind of shows us where we’re at and what we need to work on.

Sequoyah 74, McAlester 58

McA    12    13    18    15    —    58

Seq    14    25    22    13    —    74

McAlester (3-8): Todd Dawkins 18, Jalen Erving 14, Darrion Brown 12, Zach Skimbo 7, McCormick 4, Boyle 3.

Sequoyah (7-4): Ryan Helsley 15, Trinton Herron 14, T.J. Jones 11, Caisen Green 9, Johnston 7, McNac 6, Hammer 4, Leach 2, McClure 2, Parish 2, Collins 2.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • shock pic.jpg Time to rest

    Shock beats San Antonio before entering All-Star break

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McIlroy leads, Tiger Woods in contention after 1st day at British Open

    July 18, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Stocks