Sandites sweep Tulsa Memorial Invitational with 79-49 victory over NW Arkansas

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs 79 NWA 49

1Q Sand Springs 14-8
2Q Sand Springs 27-15
3Q NWA 18-17
4Q Sand Springs 21-8

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Colt Savage 22, Garbey 11, Keener 11, Taber 11, Golightly 9, Cale Savage 7, Quier 5, Durkee 3. (NWA) Kirkman 14, Sander 12, Roach 10, Schinnerer 5, Winkel 5, Fifter 2, Wenger 1.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Colt Savage 4, Garbey 3, Keener 3, Taber 3, Cale Savage 2, Durkee 2, Quier 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Colt Savage 5, Cale Savage 4, Taber 4, Garbey 2, Keener 2, Durkee 2, Golightly 1, Bogans 1.
Steals: Garbey 2, Colt Savage 1, Cale Savage 1, Keener 1, Taber 1.
Assists: Colt Savage 7, Keener 2, Taber 2.
Blocks: Keener 1, Golightly 1.
Fouls: Golightly 5, Keener 3, Taber 3, Garbey 2, Cale Savage 2, Durkee 2, Colt Savage 1, Wash 1, Bogans 1. 

Sand Springs 61 OKC 55

1Q Sand Springs 19-16
2Q tie 15-15
3Q OKC 16-12
4Q Sand Springs 15-8

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Keener 22, Colt Savage 18, Garbey 13, Cale Savage 4, Golightly 4. (OKC) Luke Major 12, Alford 10, Grisham 10, Adkins 9, Mukes 5, Josh Major 3, Kilhoffer 2, Sonnier 2. 

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Keener 5, Colt Savage 3, Wash 2.
Defensive Rebounds: Keener 5, Garbey 5, Colt Savage 3.
Steals: Keener 2, Cale Savage 2, Wash 1.
Assists: Durkee 2, Cale Savage 1, Keener 1, Taber 1, Golightly 1. 
Blocks: Keener 6.
Fouls: Keener 3, Garbey 2, Durkee 2, Taber 2, Colt Savage 1, Cale Savage 1, Wash 1.

The Charles Page High School boys varsity basketball team (3-3) went undefeated this weekend at the Tulsa Memorial Veterans' Arena Invitational, hammering two teams and topping a tough battle against the defending Home School National Champions.

Junior Colt Savage led the team in two games while University of Central Oklahoma-signed senior Kyle Keener led the third. Savage scored 23 in an 80-38 win over the Wichita Defenders (3-4), Keener scored 22 in a 61-55 victory over the Oklahoma City Storm (14-13), and Savage scored 22 in a 79-49 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Hornets.

The boys took on a tough competitor Friday night, but came back from a fourth quarter deficit to win 61-55 for their second-straight win of the season. Keener added 10 rebounds to his 22 points for his first double-double of the season.

The Oklahoma City Storm () isn't your typical home-school program. In fact, they're arguably the nation's best with 15 national titles. On Thursday they competed against 5A No. 2 Memorial (8-0) and were neck-and-neck with the powerhouse program before trailing off in the fourth quarter. 

Sand Springs held a close 19-16 advantage over the Storm after a first quarter that put five different Sandites in the scoring column. They held their lead till midway through the second quarter when a two-pointer from Zach Alford gave the Storm a 29-28 advantage. 6'7" senior Peyton Golightly hit a two to regain the lead for Sand Springs and Keener drilled a dunk to make it a two-score advantage. Alford scored again on the next possession, but sophomore Cale Savage got the final points of the half.

The Storm won the third quarter 16-12, leading by as much as 47-39 before Jacob Garbey, Colt Savage, and Keener scored three-straight to cut the deficit to 47-46 to end the period. 

Jacob Grisham started the fourth off in OKC's favor, but Keener, Colt Savage, and Garbey scored another trio of goals to take the lead at 52-51. Grisham did his best to get his team back in the game with a pair of free throws to tie it at 55, but Sand Springs scored six-straight free throws to end the game.

On Saturday the Sandites rolled to a convincing 30-point victory over Northwest Arkansas, warming up with a 14-8 first quarter then bringing the rain for a 27-15 second quarter that the Hornets never recovered from. Despite winning the third quarter and playing competitively throughout, the homeschool team was no match for the Sandites.

Four Sandites doubled in the affair. Colt Savage scored 22 while Garbey, Keener, and Josh Taber tied for second with 11 points each. Golightly was right behind them with 9, and a total of eight Sandites got on the scoreboard.

Colt Savage was just one rebound short of a double-double and also had a team-best seven assists. 

The Sandites will return to action after Christmas at the Duncan Tournament on the 28th through the 30th. Their first game will be Thursday the 28th against the home team at 8:30 p.m. The Lady Sandites won't play again till after the new year.