TULSA - The Sequoyah Indians used a balanced scoring attack and a tough defense to take down the Frontier Mustangs 59-52, Saturday evening at the Expo Square Pavilion at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

Eight players scored for head coach Larry Grigg’s Indians with T.J. Hooper and Chris Little hitting double-digits with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Sequoyah jumped out in front with an 18-11 first period.

Hooper scored the first points of the contest and Chris Little added a basket to give the Indians a 4-2 lead.

Travis Boswell added a jumper to give Sequoyah a 6-4 advantage, but Frontier answered with a 5-0 run.

Kyle Littlehead ended the Mustangs scoring streak with a 3-point shot to tie the game and Hooper came up with a steal and a basket to put the Indians up 11-9 at the 3:15 mark.

Frontier managed to tie the game at 11, but Little and Lance Soap hit baskets and Neil Ponkilla hit a 3-pointer to give Sequoyah the lead for good at 18-11.

Hooper hit a basket and a free throw for an old fashioned 3-point play and Little added a layup to extend the Sequoyah run to 12-0.

Mike Soap scored the final 4 points of the period to put the Indians in front 30-17 at the half.

Sequoyah’s defense did a spectacular job, holding the powerful Mustang offense 18 points below their first half average of 35 points.

The Mustangs would get their act together in the third on the offensive side of the ball, but Sequoyah continued their hot shooting.

Boswell hit a jumper and Hooper did likewise, giving the Indians their largest lead of the game at 16 points, 34-18.

The Sequoyah advantage stayed at 15 for most of the remainder of the third, with Little, Lance Soap, and Dallas Morrison leading the Indian charge. A 6-0 run brought Frontier back within 10 at 44-34, but Morrison scored the final 4 points of the period to send the game into the fourth at 48-36.

Larry Grigg’s squad put the game away with 6-0 run that boosted the Indian advantage to 56-42.

Lance Soap, Littlehead and Ponkilla scored the Sequoyah baskets during the rally. When the dust settled, Sequoyah had a comfortable 14-point lead with 3:31 left.

With 1:24 left, Frontier began a futile rally that brought them to within 57-52, but with the clock dwindling down to less than 30 seconds. Lance Soap scored the final Sequoyah points with 18 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.

The win avenged a 67-56 loss to the Mustangs at Frontier back on Dec. 17.

Frontier 11 6 19 16 - 52

Sequoyah 18 12 12 18 - 59

Frontier - Sam Stephens 16, Bret Jackson 14, Adam Beck 8, James Bible 7, Kasey Ingmire 7

Sequoyah - T.J. Hooper 11, Chris Little 10, Lance Soap 8, Dallas Morrison 8, Mike Soap 7, Neal Ponkilla 6, Kyle Littlehead 5, Travis Boswell 4


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