JAY, Okla. - The Tri-State Basketball Classic 2020 was the site of some very high-powered games for the guys…though some of the girl’s games did resemble a football game at times.
There were eight boy’s teams vying for the championship trophy from Jay, Kansas, Grove, Tulsa, Tahlequah, Seneca, MO., Locust Grove and Granby, Mo.
Jay 53, Tahlequah Sequoyah 51
Jay Bulldogs and The Tahlequah Sequoyah Indians led off the tournament on Thursday in a game that would set the tone for the tournament.
The score was tied at 10 in the first, with Jay swinging was ahead 25-24 at the half; the Bulldogs built some breathing room in 3rd period, expanding the lead to 38-29 and held onto the lead to get the 53-51 win in a highly contested game.
Grove 52, Jay 48
That game intensity was exceeded when the Jay Bulldogs and Grove Ridgerunners took the floor for the final game of Friday night.
Again, Jay would lead 13-9 in the first and 27-20 in the second. After the half, the Ridgerunners caught up and there was three lead changes between the two teams in the third.
It came down to the final seconds of the fourth and Grove free throws. The Ridgerunners were able to squeak out the win over the Bulldogs by four points.
Jay 64, Lincoln Christian 49
Jay finished up their tourney with a win over Lincoln Christian (Tulsa) to secure third place, with the Bulldogs pushing hard in the last period for a final score of 64-49.
“I think we are starting to come together. We had a good tournament,” said Jay Head Coach Jay Fleming. “We beat #7 Tahlequah Sequoyah and beat a very good Lincoln Christian team.”
The Bulldogs hosted the Miami Wardogs on Tuesday, January 28 and will host the Vinita Hornets on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
Kansas Comets played the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs on Thursday, January 23 in a game that stayed close all the way to the end, but couldn’t quite pull it out, losing 49-50.
On Friday, the Locust Grove Pirates led through the whole game and the Comets fell to the Pirates 62-54 win.
This put the Comets into the seventh place game against the Seneca Indians on Saturday, January 25. Kansas lost another heartbreaker, this time by two to Seneca, who pulled off a 52-50 win.
The Comets hosted Chouteau-Maize on Tuesday, January 28 and will host Claremore Sequoyah on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Grove came out winning over the Seneca Indians (42-32) on Thursday, then beat the Jay Bulldogs on Friday (52-48) and were poised to meet the East Newton Patriots on Saturday for the championship game.
The Patriots grabbed control of the game immediately and stunned the Ridgerunners by not allowing them to score in the first period, which ended 0-4. Despite not being able to score themselves, Grove restricted the Patriots scoring too.
East Newton kept the Ridgerunners scoreless almost to the end of the half, when Grove popped in six points, making the halftime score 20-6
The East Newton Patriots continued to dominate in the third, with a score of 36-13 and wrapped up the game as boy’s first place Champions in the Tri-State Classic with a final score of 39-26, leaving Grove in second place.
The Ridgerunners played Coweta on Tuesday, January 28 and will stay on the road playing Tahlequah on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m.