Bulldogs sputter in fourth to fall in nightcap

Okmulgee sophomore McKenzie James goes up for two points during last Thursday’s road basketball game at Tulsa Central.
(Larry Owen, Times staff)


Times Sports Editor


TULSA - The Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 last Thursday with a 50-13 rout of the Tulsa Central Lady Braves.

In the nightcap, the Okmulgee Bulldogs sputtered offensively in the fourth quarter to suffer a 57-47 setback to the host Tulsa Central Braves.

The loss to Tulsa Central evens the Bulldogs' season record at 1-1.

The Okmulgee squads were back in action on Tuesday evening with a trip to Catoosa for a meeting with the Catoosa Indians and Lady Indians.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will follow the road trip to Catoosa with a trip to Sperry next Monday (December 11) to begin competition at the Sperry Basketball Tournament then will open their home portion of their 2017-18 schedule next Tuesday (December 12) when they play host to the Wagoner Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.

In the girls contest at Tulsa Central, the Lady Bulldogs came out of the opening period with a 10-3 advantage.

The Okmulgee ladies went into the halftime break with a commanding 24-6 advantage after outscoring Tulsa Central 14-3 in the second quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs blanked the host Lady Braves 17-0 in the third period to push their lead to 41-6 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

With his team leading by 35 at the start of the fourth quarter, Okmulgee head coach Kevin Rucker gave his starters the remainder of the night off, working in his reserves in the final eight minutes.

The Lady Bulldog bench players outscored the Lady Braves 9-7 in the final frame to walk away with the convincing 50-13 victory.

The duo of Destiny Jordan and Tierney Gardener led the way offensively for Okmulgee, finishing with 11 points each. Danyelle Yargee was next with eight - all in the fourth quarter. Kailey Ward also tallied eight points in the contest for OHS. McKenzie James finished with seven points in the win, followed by Sahmeya King with four and Danielle McGee with one.

Colbert was the leading scorer for Tulsa Central with five points.

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs knocked down 15 two-point baskets and a pair of 3-point baskets. The OHS ladies capped off their offensive scoring by sinking 14 of 24 free throws in the contest.

In the boys game last Thursday, the Bulldogs came out of the opening frame with a slim 16-13 advantage, then outscored the host Braves 14-12 in the second period to take a 30-25 advantage into the intermission.

Both teams tallied 11 points in the third quarter, sending the game into the final stanza with Okmulgee still clinging to a 5-point lead, 41-36.

The Bulldogs went cold from the field in the final period, putting up only six points in the frame.

Tulsa Central erupted for 21 points in the final eight minutes of regulation to hand the Okmulgee squad the 10-point loss, 57-47.

Devion Nelson had the hot hand offensively for the Bulldogs, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Keishawn Gardner also reached doubles digits for Okmulgee with 12.

Anfernee Nelson was next in scoring for the Bulldogs with eight, followed by DeAndre Jones with three and Jacob Barrett, Melic Jefferson, and Matt Camacho two each.

Tulsa Central’s top scorers last Thursday were Shields with 17 and Beanley with 12.

As a team, Okmulgee did a huge part of its scoring from the free throw line, making 18 of 26 attemtps from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs knocked down a total of 13 field goals, including three 3-pointers, to complete their scoring.


Girls Game

Okmulgee 50, Tulsa Central 13

Okmulgee - 10 - 14 - 17 - 9 (50)

Central     -   3 -   3 -   0 - 7 (13)

Okmulgee Scoring: Destiny Jordan 11, Tierney Gardner 11, Danyelle Yargee 8, Kailey Ward 8, McKenzie James 7, Sahmeya King 4, Danielle McGee 1.

Tulsa Central Scoring: Colbert 5, Fields 3, Sewell 2, Marshall 1, Carey 1, Pickett 1.

Free Throws: Okmulgee 14-24; Tulsa Central 6-21.

Three Pointers: Okmulgee 2; Tulsa Central 1.


Boys Game

Tulsa Central 57, Okmulgee 47

Okmulgee - 16 - 14 - 11 -   6 (47)

Central     - 13 - 12 - 11 - 21 (57)

Okmulgee Scoring: Devion Nelson 18, Keishawn Gardner 12, Anfernee Nelson 8, DeAndre Jones 3, Jacob Barrett 2, Melic Jefferson 2, Matt Camacho 2.

Tulsa Central Scoring: Shields 17, Beanley 12, Thomas 9, Green 8, Shanks 5, Jefferson 5, Hamilton 1.

Free Throws: Okmulgee 18-26; Tulsa Central 16-25.

Three Pointers: Okmulgee 3; Tulsa Central 5.

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