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March 1, 2014

Deer Creek wins in rout to end Tahlequah's season

EDMOND — Deer Creek’s 10-3 run to begin the second quarter gave the Antlers significant clearance to pull away from Tahlequah for a formidable 71-45 triumph in a Class 5A regional opener Friday night at Deer Creek High School. The Antlers tip off in the championship tonight at 7 p.m. on their home court against Northwest.

Deer Creek 6-4 senior Tyler Haddock began the second stanza with back-to-back buckets, Elyjah Clark hit a short jumper and Haddock came running in for a tip-in off the glass to put the Antlers up 26-11 with 2:37 to go before intermission.

Tahlequah’s Matt Alberty stepped in and nailed a very long-range 3-pointer from the right wing to keep the Tigers alive trailing 26-14, but Deer Creek outsized Tahlequah and walked into the locker room with a 33-17 cushion.

Haddock scored a game-high 20 points (9 in the third quarter) and teammates Conner Avants (15), Noah McGraw (14), Josh Stokesberry (13, 2 3s) and Clark (12) all found double digits in the contest.

Deer Creek 71, Tahlequah 45

Tahlequah   8   9   15  13—45

Deer Creek 16  17  17  21—71

Tahlequah — Matt Alberty 17, Carlile 14, Faddis 4, Dobbins 3, Darth Vader 3, Smith 2, Kelley 1, Craig 1.

Deer Creek — Tyler Haddock 20, Conner Avants 15, Noah McGraw 14, Josh Stokesberry 13, Elyjah Clark 12, Brett Valentine 4, Rehl 1.

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