The Class 6A No. 12 ranked Charles Page High School basketball team handily won their season-opener Tuesday night at Allen Robson Field House, rolling past the Ponca City Wildcats 68-46.
The Sandites had three scorers in double digits, led by 6’4” junior standout Davon Richardson with 25 points and thirteen rebounds. Senior Cole Durkee and sophomore Marlo Fox each posted thirteen points apiece, while Durkee had ten rebounds. Nine players got to see court time, while seven made their way into the scorebook.
The visitors wasted no time in jumping out to a 6-0 lead with baskets from Richardson, Durkee, and Josh Minney before Ponca’s Justin Thompson hit a three. Durkee made a long goal of his own, then Chase Matson and Fox exchanged layups. Anthony Gazaway was next in on the action with five points on two field goals to cut it to a one-point game. Sophomore Jaeden Hurd went three-of-four from the charity stripe, followed by two freebies from Sheldon Tawkoyty, and the Sandites took a 14-12 lead into the second period.
Steven Faulkner tied it at 17-17, Minney hit two free balls, then Tawkoyty tied it again. Fox regained the lead, Tawkoyty tied it at 21-21, then Luke Seals gave the Wildcats their first lead of the night. Minney tied it and Fox reclaimed it, then Thompson took it right back on a deep ball. Richardson got the Sandites back out front with a five point run to close the half and that was the last time the Wildcats would lead.
Cale Savage scored his lone basket of the evening for a 35-27 third-quarter lead, Tawkoyty hit a three, then Richardson scored five for the Sandites’ first double-digit advantage. Richardson scored fifteen of the Sandites’ eighteen points in that period.
The fourth quarter was the highest-scoring for the victors, kicked off by a five-point run from Fox. Ponca retaliated with six of their own, then Durkee, Fox, and Richardson combined for the longest streak of the night at ten points and a 24-point lead.
The Sandites were strong on free throws, going fourteen-of-eighteen from the charity stripe. They also more than doubled the Wildcats on offensive rebounds and blocks.
Sand Springs will make its home debut Friday night against the Muskogee Roughers.
CPHS 68 PoHi 46
1Q: CPHS 14-12
2Q: CPHS 16-15
3Q: CPHS 18-16
4Q: CPHS 20-13
Free Throws: CPHS 14-of-18, PoHi 12-of-22.
Field Goals: CPHS 23-of-56, PoHi 14-of-42.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 12, PoHi 5.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 26, PoHi 18.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 38, PoHi 23.
Steals: CPHS 7, PoHi 4.
Blocks: CPHS 5, PoHi 2.
Fouls: CPHS 18, PoHi 14.
Sand Springs Stats
Scoring: Richardson 25, Fox 13, Durkee 13, Minney 6, Hurd 5, Hawkins 3, Savage 3.
Offensive Rebounds: Richardson 3, Durkee 3, Hawkins 3, Minney 1, Savage 1, Hurd 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Richardson 10, Durkee 7, Hurd 4, Quier 2, Hawkins 1, Savage 1, Fox 1.
Total Rebounds: Richardson 13, Durkee 10, Hurd 5, Hawkins 4, Quier 2, Savage 2, Fox 1, Minney 1.
Steals: Minney 2, Fox 2, Richardson 1, Durkee 1, Quier 1.
Assists: Minney 2, Hurd 2, Richardson 1, Savage 1.
Blocks: Richardson 2, Durkee 2, Minney 1.
Fouls: Richardson 4, Minney 4, Fox 4, Hurd 2, Hughes 2, Durkee 1, Savage 1.
Ponca City Scoring: Tawkoyty 13, Gazaway 11, Thompson 10, Faulkner 6, Matson 4, Seals 2.