The Hoops For Christ Warriors committed 31 fouls, Sand Springs scored 31 points from the free throw line, and Cale Savage scored a career-best 33 points to secure the 70-65 overtime victory Saturday evening at the Tulsa Memorial Veterans Arena Invitational
Class 6A No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School (6-1) was without their inside man in Davon Richardson. They trailed 33-20 at halftime and didn’t manage to take the lead till overtime.
Marlo Fox scored the opening basket, but the Sandites came up dry on their next five possessions before Fox scored again, and trailed 10-4. Free throws kept the Sandites in contention, going 6-for-6 at the stripe and 3-for-13 in the field. Cale Savage gave his team a spark with a steal and layup late in the quarter, but they trailed 23-12 at the buzzer.
The second period was no friendlier to the Sandites. Josh Minney hit a layup and a trio of free throws. Savage made a three-point play, and the Warriors took a 33-20 lead into the locker room. Sand Springs went 0-of-10 from outside the arc in the first half and was out-rebounded 23 to 9. 6’6’” junior Traejon Davis led all scorers with sixteen points in the half.
Minney kicked off the second half with a steal and pass to Cole Durkee for two, then Durkee assisted Savage with a three. Minney put back another three-point attempt from Savage to cut the gap to 37-27, then Fox scored through a foul to get it back in single-digit territory.
Durkee was next to score from outside the arc, then Jaden Hurd added two from the charity stripe to make it a one-score game before Davis broke up the nine-point run. Savaged hit another deep ball, then Daren Hawkins scored on a steal for the first tie score since 2-2.
Davis put his team back out front with a three-point play, but the Warriors took a loss when 6’0” senior Jayden Hill fouled out with 1:21 left in the third quarter. By the end of the stanza the Warriors led only 46-41.
Davis kicked off the fourth period with a layup, Durkee and Fox hit back-to-back threes, then Hurd fouled out with 4:47 left, giving Davis a four-point play. It was a game of free throws for the duration, and Savage tied it up at 56-56 with four-straight. Trailing 59-57, Savage hit a layup and Davis missed a long three to force overtime.
Fox scored the first OT basket on a steal for the team’s first lead since the opening basket of regulation, then Davis fouled out with 1:28 left and Riley Banks fouled out with 1:10 left. Hawkins came up with a crucial steal that led to a pair of free throws from Fox, Jacob Daffron scored a three-pointer, then Fox fouled out with 6.7 left. The Sandites ended on a three-point run to end the festival on a high note.
Sand Springs went 2-1 at the Memorial tournament, failing to go undefeated for the first time since they began attending in 2015. However, their only loss came at the hands of a team that took 5A No. 1 Memorial into overtime, and they were without Richardson in that game as well.
The Sandites will return to action Tuesday with a conference road game against Muskogee (2-4). They previously defeated the Roughers 57-52 in the season opener.
CPHS 70 HFC 65
1Q: HFC 22-12
2Q: HFC 11-8
3Q: CPHS 21-13
4Q: CPHS 18-13
OT: CPHS 11-6
Free Throws: CPHS 31-of-47, HFC 21-of-29.
Field Goals: CPHS 17-of-40, HFC 21-of-39.
Offensive Rebounds: HFC 10, CPHS 7.
Defensive Rebounds: HFC 20, CPHS 12.
Total Rebounds: HFC 30, CPHS 19.
Steals: CPHS 10, HFC 4.
Blocks: CPHS 1, HFC 1.
Fouls: CPHS 23, HFC 31.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Cale Savage 33, Durkee 12, Fox 11, Minney 10, Hurd 2, Hawkins 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Durkee 2, Minney 2, Fox 1, Cale Savage 1, Hawkins 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Minney 3, Cale Savage 2, Hurd 2, Durkee 2, Fox 1, Quier 1, Cason Savage 1.
Total Rebounds: Minney 5, Durkee 4, Cale Savage 3, Hurd 2, Fox 2, Quier 1, Hawkins 1, Cason Savage 1.
Assists: Cale Savage 2, Durkee 1, Cason Savage 1.
Steals: Hawkins 3, Cale Savage 2, Minney 2, Fox 2, Durkee 1.
Blocks: Hurd 1.
Fouls: Fox 5, Hurd 5, Hawkins 4, Durkee 3, Cale Savage 3, Minney 2, Quier 1, Cason Savage 1.
Davis 30, Chippeaux 16, Dempsey 6, Daffron 6, #30 4, Miller 2, Banks 1, Veal 1.