The Class 6A No. 10 ranked Charles Page High School boys' basketball team (17-7) split wins at the Regional Tournament, topping Jenks 55-47 before falling 70-56 to the host team from No. 7 Putnam City West (19-5).
The Sandite post-season is still alive, but the Regional loss made it a lot tougher. Had they defeated the Patriots, they would only have to win one more game to make it to the State Tournament. Now they'll have to get past No. 20 Bartlesville (9-16) and the loser of No. 8 Owasso (21-4) vs. No. 4 Union (21-4). The first Area playoff game will be Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Tulsa Memorial High School.
Then-unranked Bartlesville upset the Sandites 59-52 last month. Sand Springs split wins with Owasso, winning 72-64 in December but falling 97-77 earlier this month. Union won both regular-season meetings with the Sandites, 60-45 in December and 53-34 a few weeks ago.
Putnam West will play No. 1 Broken Arrow (23-2) Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bixby High School. If they win they'll punch their ticket to State. A loss will pit them against the winner of No. 9 Norman (15-7) vs. No. 18 Westmoore (13-12).
On Saturday the Sandites overcame a rough start against the Trojans (8-16), winning by eight after trailing by eight in the first quarter. The Sandites went on a seven-point run to close the half with a 29-27 lead and won each of the next two periods as well. Senior University of Central Oklahoma-commit Colt Savage scored a game-high 25 points, followed by sophomore standout Davon Richardson with eighteen and brother Cale Savage with ten.
Monday night was a lot closer than the final score indicated. Despite falling by fourteen points, the Sandites only trailed by one after the third quarter. Putnam led 17-16 after the first and 37-29 at halftime, but the Sandites battled back in the third to win 19-12.
Greg Thomas scored double-digits in the final stanza with three threes and a free throw to single-handedly outscore the whole Sandite team after a quiet game with only two points prior to that quarter.
Colt Savage, who led all scorers with sixteen points over the first three quarters, came up with only two in the final stretch. The Sandites went one-of-six on crucial free throws in that period.
Savage's eighteen was closely followed by Richardson with twelve and Cole Durkee with eleven.
CPHS 55 Jenks 47
1Q Jenks 18-10
2Q CPHS 19-9
3Q CPHS 15-13
4Q CPHS 11-7
Scoring: (Sand Springs) Colt Savage 25, Richardson 18, Cale Savage 10, Price 2. (Jenks) Harris 12, Seacat 12, Jansen 8, Hines 7, Woods 6, Houston 2.
PCW 70 CPHS 56
1Q PCW 17-16
2Q PCW 20-13
3Q CPHS 19-12
4Q PCW 21-8
Scoring: (Sand Springs) Colt Savage 18, Richardson 12, Durkee 11, Cale Savage 9, Fox 4, Williams 2. (Putnam West) Walker 13, Thomas 12, Sampleton 12, Gatewood 10, Wade 10, Roland 7, Warrior 3, Rainey 3.