MIDWEST CITY — Caisen Green didn’t end up with the most points at Titan Fieldhouse on Thursday afternoon. But, his team advanced to the Class 3A semifinals nonetheless.
Green dropped in 35 points to guide fifth-ranked Sequoyah to an 81-74 triumph over Sperry in the first round of the state tournament. It’s the second straight season that Sequoyah has reached the semifinals with a victory over Sperry on the first day of the tournament.
“We were here last year, and having been in big games like this in the past really helps you stay focused and play well in the intense games like this,” Green said. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They know what to say to me to help get me going. And our crowd, they’re always amazing and they helped us today.”
The Indians improved to 24-3 and will play either No. 1 Okemah or ninth-ranked Heritage Hall on Friday at 9 a.m. with the game to be played at State Fair Arena.
It was Green who provided a dagger on the final play of the third quarter. With time expiring, Green buried a 3-pointer to give the Indians a 62-60 lead with eight minutes left. Sequoyah controlled much of the fourth quarter and went on to its ninth straight win.
“We were disappointed with the first half,” said Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin. “That second quarter hurt us. It’s really pick your poison with (Sperry) because they’ve got Cole inside and bunch of shooters on the outside. In the second half we just started playing smarter basketball.”
Leading the way for Sperry (24-5) was Casey Cole with 37 points. Peyton Pratt chipped in with 26 points for the Pirates, who have still never won a game in the state tournament.
“We tried to mix and match our defense as best we could today,” Herrin said. “We wanted to focus on doing what we do, which is playing defense with some passion, crashing the boards and get good shots, and I believe we did that tonight.”
B.J. Leach added 23 points for Sequoyah, and Quinton Johnston also finished in double figures with 10 points.
SEQUOYAH 81, SPERRY 74
Sperry 14 24 22 14 — 74
Sequoyah 14 17 31 19 — 81
Sperry — Casey Cole 37, Peyton Pratt 26, Logan Mullins 6, Wyatt Brooks 3, Colton Ketcherside 2.
Sequoyah-Tahleqauh — Caisen Green 35, B.J. Leach 23, Quinton Johnston 10, Zach Parish 9, Kris Collins 2, Nick Kingfisher 2.