Consistent with the season thus far, the Sandites handled their opponent, but it was far from easy. In the second-highest ranked conference in the state, nothing comes easy.
The No. 17 ranked Bartlesville boys’ basketball team (2-3, 0-2) hung tight with No. 8 Sand Springs (4-0, 3-0) until halfway through the third period before the home team finally pulled away. The game marked the Sandites’ first 4-0 start since 2015.
Cale Savage had a breakout night with eleven points in the first period alone, leading his team to an 18-15 advantage with three three-pointers. Meanwhile the two teams combined for only twelve points in the second quarter, which was a 4-0 shutout till the final minute. Jaylin Oliver and Josh Minney traded threes to close the half, and the Sandites secured a 27-18 lead against the No. 9 defense in 6A.
Bartlesville mounted a comeback attempt in the third quarter, going on a six-point streak to cut their deficit to 29-24, but the Sandites retaliated with a 16-2 run to make it 45-26. Tayo Dina knocked down four straight and Simpson scored on a steal for a 45-32 deficit to start the fourth.
The final stanza was the highest-scoring quarter for the Sandites, and they effectively put the Bruins out of commission early on. The visitors went foul crazy and thirteen of the Sandites’ nineteen points came from the charity stripe. The home team closed out the night on a six-point run for their biggest lead of the game.
Savage led the Sandites for the second time in his career and first time this season with a personal-best twenty points. He was a perfect six-for-six in the field and five-for-five from outside the arc. Minney scored a career-high twelve points, and Marlo Fox added eleven to put three Sandites in double digits. Davon Richardson was held to a season-low eight points but pulled in a team-high ten rebounds.
The Sandites will return to action Thursday at 8:00 p.m. against the Wichita Defenders (4-1) at the Tulsa Memorial Veterans Arena Invitational. On Friday they will play Southwest Christian Academy (5-2) at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday they will play the HFC Warriors (5-5) at 1:30 p.m. Sand Springs has gone undefeated at the Memorial Tournament three years in a row.
Bartlesville will host Bixby (1-3, 0-2) Friday at 8:00 p.m.
CPHS 64 BHS 42
1Q CPHS 18-15
2Q CPHS 9-3
3Q CPHS 18-14
4Q CPHS 19-10
Free Throws: CPHS 15-of-22, BHS 6-of-11.
Field Goals: CPHS 21-of-48, BHS 16-of-47.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 10, BHS 6.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 25, BHS 19.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 35, BHS 25.
Steals: BHS 8, CPHS 5.
Blocks: CPHS 3.
Fouls: CPHS 14, BHS 23.
3-0 Sand Springs
1-1 Booker T. Washington
0-2 Broken Arrow
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Savage 20, Minney 12, Fox 11, Richardson 8, Durkee 6, Hurd 4, Quier 2, Hawkins 1.
Offensive Rebounds: Richardson 4, Durkee 3, Minney 2, Fox 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Richardson 6, Minney 6, Savage 3, Durkee 3, Hurd 3, Hawkins 2, Quier 1, Fox 1.
Total Rebounds: Richardson 10, Minney 8, Durkee 6, Savage 3, Hurd 3, Hawkins 2, Fox 2, Quier 1.
Steals: Richardson 2, Durkee 1, Minney 1, Hawkins 1.
Assists: Fox 3, Richardson 2.
Blocks: Durkee 1, Minney 1, Hurd 1.
Fouls: Richardson 5, Minney 3, Savage 2, Fox 2, Quier 1, Hawkins 1.
Scoring: Dina 11, Simpson 10, Oliver 7, Beard 6, Bryant 6, Butler 2.