In the biggest win of his six-year stent at Sand Springs, Eric Savage’s Sandites knocked off the Class 6A No. 4 Sapulpa Chieftains 70-64 on the road to remain undefeated in Frontier Valley Conference action.
The No. 6 Charles Page High School boys’ basketball team (12-2, 6-0) is now the only undefeated team left in the conference and is well on their way to what could be their best season in decades.
Sand Springs won the first three quarters against their Highway 97 rivals and the two teams tied in the fourth. The Chieftains fell to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action. Their only other loss was 78-77 to the number two team in Mississippi.
Josh Minney and Marlo Fox gave the visitors a 4-0 lead to start the game but Jacoby Durant and Camryn Dennis quickly tied it. Davon Richardson took the lead for Sand Springs, Julian Smith took the lead for Sapulpa, then the Sandites went on a seven point run, capped by a bucket from Cason Savage. Smith tied it at 13-13, then gave his team a brief 17-15 lead, but Cale Savage sank a three to end the first period up by one.
The second period started hot for the Sandites with their second seven point run for a 29-21 lead, but the Chieftains responded with a seven point run of their own. A free throw from Richardson sent the visitors into the locker room with a narrow 30-28 advantage.
Dennis briefly tied it to start the third, Fox laid up and Cale Savage hit two from the stripe, but a pair of three pointers from Hunter Hoggant tied it once again at 36-36. It was back and forth from there till the Sandites went on a six point run to make it 47-38. A pair of threes from Jayde Duncan evened things out, but Cale Savage launched a buzzer beater for the 52-46 advantage.
The fourth quarter saw heavy foul trouble for both teams, but the Chieftains had the worst of it, landing themselves in the double bonus with more than three minutes left. Ten of the Sandites’ eighteen points came from free throws in that period.
Smith laid up on a steal to cut it to 68-64 with 47.8 remaining. Dennis missed a one-and-one with 25 seconds left, but the Chieftains got the ball back right away when Richardson’s pass flew completely out of bounds. Cale Savage came up clutch with a steal and two freebies to make it 70-64 with 16 seconds left. Duncan got off one last three-point shot for the Chieftains, but it bounced off the rim and Durkee secured the rebound and with it, the game.
Cale Savage and Dennis led their respective teams with seventeen points apiece. Richardson had a double-double with sixteen points and eleven rebounds. Minney added fifteen point and Fox had thirteen to put four Sandites in double figures. The Chieftains also had four double-digit scorers. Dennis was aided by Smith with twelve, Duncan with eleven, and Durant with eleven.
Sand Springs will take a week off before battling No. 10 Union (4-2, 3-1) next Tuesday on the road. The Chieftains will have a week to reflect on their loss before trying to snap back against Bixby (1-6, 0-5).
CPHS 70 SHS 64
1Q: CPHS 18-17
2Q: CPHS 12-11
3Q: CPHS 22-18
4Q: All 18-18
Free Throws: CPHS 22-of-31, SHS 7-of-41.
Field Goals: CPHS 22-of-43, SHS 25-of-59.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 6, SHS 6.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 29, SHS 16.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 35, SHS 22.
Steals: SHS 12, CPHS 7.
Blocks: CPHS 4, SHS 3.
Fouls: CPHS 16, SHS 21.
Frontier Valley Conference Standings
6-0 No. 6 Sand Springs
4-1 No. 3 Booker T. Washington
4-1 No. 8 Jenks
3-1 No. 4 Sapulpa
3-1 No. 10 Union
2-3 No. 20 Owasso
1-4 No. 18 Bartlesville
0-4 Broken Arrow
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Cale Savage 17, Richardson 16, Minney 15, Fox 13, Durkee 7, Cason Savage 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Richardson 3, Minney 1, Fox 1, Durkee 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Richardson 8, Durkee 7, Minney 6, Cale Savage 4, Fox 3, Hurd 1.
Total Rebounds: Richardson 11, Durkee 8, Minney 7, Fox 4, Cale Savage 4, Hurd 1.
Steals: Cale Savage 2, Durkee 2, Richardson 1, Minney 1, Cason Savage 1.
Assists: Richardson 3, Minney 2, Fox 1, Cason Savage 1.
Blocks: Minney 3, Hawkins 1.
Fouls: Richardson 4, Cale Savage 3, Minney 3, Fox 3, Cason Savage 2, Hawkins 1.
Scoring: Dennis 17, Smith 12, Duncan 11, Durant 11 Smith 9, Jones 2, Williams 2.