SALLISAW - Senior Zack McIntosh scored 10 points in the first period to help Keys jump out to an 18-6 lead and the Cougars never looked back, claiming an easy 71-39 victory over Central Sallisaw in Big 8 Conference basketball action Tuesday night.

McIntosh led all scorers with 18 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Twelve Cougars scored on the night, with head coach Duane Jones clearing his bench mid-way into the third period.

Keys (13-1) solidified their No. 7 ranking by the Tulsa World, whose rankings determine playoff seeding for the eastern portion of the state.

Jayson Steeley got things started for the Cougars, scoring on a layup to give Keys a quick 2-0 lead. Baskets by Trey Kimble, Mcintosh and Mark Enkey increased the lead to 9-0 before the Tigers could get on the scoreboard.

The Cougars continued to roll, with McIntosh scoring 6 points in a row and Butch Shelton nailing a 3-pointer to give Keys a 15-6 advantage. McIntosh added a three of his own for good measure, making the score 18-6 after one.

The Cougars used a 24-point second period to put the game away.

Shelton and McIntosh started the second eight minutes with a pair of jumpers that increased the lead to 22-6.

A 3-pointer by Justin Parks and baskets by Kimble and Harbuck, who scored four points in less than 30 seconds, upped the Cougar lead to 21 points at 33-12.

Field goals by Kimble, Dexter Scott, Harbuck and a three by McIntosh raised the Keys advantage to 24 points as the teams entered the halftime locker room with the Cougars in control 42-18.

McIntosh added his final points of the night on a 3-pointer and Harbuck followed with a three of his own, to put the Cougars up by 30 points, 48-18, just minutes into the third period.

Jones’ starters would get plenty of rest the remainder of the game, but the Cougars still outplayed Central.

Keys’ defensive intensity never let up, as they limited any Tiger chances to claw back into the game. Enkey nailed a three with 3:26 left in the third and Scott came up with a steal and a basket to move the Cougars further ahead 53-20. Parks scored the final 5 points of the period with a layup and a three. Keys led 58-24 heading into the final stanza.

The Cougars continued to shoot well in the fourth. Shelton and Austin Jackson connected on 3-pointers as the lead moved to 36 at 68-32. Scott opened the period with a field goal, his final of the night before sitting down.

Bo Breuklander scored two with Kyle Combs scoring point number 70 and Matt Lewandoski hitting a free throw to set the final score at 71-39.

Keys vs. Central Sallisaw

Keys 18 24 16 13 - 71

Central 6 12 6 15 - 39

Keys - Zack McIntosh 18, Zack Harbuck 9, Dexter Scott 8, Justin Parks 8, Butch Shelton 8, Trey Kimble 5, Matt Enkey 5, Austin Jackson 3, Jayson Steeley 2, Bo Breuklander 2, Kyle Combs 2, Matt Lewandoski 1

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