Sandites upset No. 10 Muskogee 70-60; Savage scores 26, Keener and Garbey post 15

CPHS senior Kyle Keener posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

CPHS senior Kyle Keener posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

CPHS 70 MHS 60

1Q Sand Springs 15-11
2Q All 10-10
3Q Sand Springs 19-18
4Q Sand Springs 26-21

Free Throws: CPHS 21-of-32. MHS 7-of-11.
Field Goals: CPHS 22-of-41. MHS 24-of-52.
Fouls: CPHS 14, MHS 22.

Scoring: (CPHS) Colt Savage 26, Keener 15, Garbey 15, Taber 8, Price 5, Wash 1. (MHS) Haddock 30, Davis 9, Mims 8, Parks 5, Berry 4, Cherry 4.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Keener 3, Colt Savage 1, Garbey 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Keener 8, Colt Savage 8, Taber 3, Price 2, Garbey 1, Cale Savage 1, Wash 1, Krehbiel 1. 
Steals: Colt Savage 3.
Assists: Taber 5, Keener 2, Colt Savage 1.
Blocks: Keener 3.
Fouls: Keener 4, Taber 4, Colt Savage 3, Cale Savage 1, Price 1, Wash 1.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Muskogee isn't typically a rival for Sand Springs, but after junior standout Brooks Haddock transferred there right before the season began, the No. 10 ranked Roughers (15-6 overall, 8-5 conference) became public enemy number one. The Roughers defeated the Sandites (11-11, 5-8) 47-42 earlier this season, but the Charles Page boys got payback on senior night at the Ed Dubie Field House with a controlling 70-60 performance. The Sandites took the lead midway through the first quarter and never gave it up. 

Haddock led all scorers with thirty points, but junior Colt Savage was right behind him with 26. No other Roughers broke double digits, but Kyle Keener and Jacob Garbey scored fifteen apiece for the Sandites. Keener, a senior signed to the University of Central Oklahoma, pulled in eleven rebounds for his third double-double of the season. 

Haddock entered the court to much bedlam from the student section and dropped a three on the Roughers' second possession, but Josh Taber followed up with a two for the Sandites, then Garbey hit a free throw and Savage sank a three for the 6-3 lead. Haddock and TyReece Berry hit a pair of twos to reclaim the advantage, but it would be the last time the visitors would lead. Matthew Price hit a three for the lead and the Sandites never looked back. By the end of the first quarter the home team had a 15-11 advantage.

The two teams were perfectly matched in the second quarter. Sand Springs led by as much as 25-17 towards the end of the period thanks to baskets from Savage and Taber, but Haddock and Keondre' Davis cut it to 25-21 at halftime.

The third period started out as a three-way shootout between Haddock, Savage, and Keener, who pushed the score to 32-28. Keener scored nine in the third period and the Sandites finished 44-39.

Davis scored the first point of the final stanza on a free throw, but Garbey hit a three pointer, then Keener rebounded and scored two on the next possession to complete his double-double. Haddock scored fourteen points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to save his team. The Roughers entered the double with 3:21 left and the Sandites scored ten points from the charity stripe after that point, with Savage hitting two to end the game with a double-digit victory.

The Sandites will conclude the regular season Friday at Bixby (10-12, 5-8), who they already defeated 76-71 earlier this season. The Roughers will host Jenks (3-16, 1-12) Friday for senior night. Muskogee already handled the Trojans 85-59 earlier this season.