Allonzo Trier lifts NOAH past Bishop Kelley
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Saturday, January 12, 2013
1/12/13 at 4:55 AM
SKIATOOK - Shoes were not a problem for NOAH sophomore sensation Allonzo Trier on Friday night in the Skiatook Invitational semifinals.
Trier equalled his scoring average with 32 points to lead the home-schooled Jaguars past Class 5A No. 11 Bishop Kelley 64-58 at the Skiatook Multipurpose Activity Center.
A night earlier, Trier scored 19 in a win over Sand Springs after shoes led to a slow start.
"I had some foot cramps and sore feet because of the shoes and had to switch at the end of the first quarter," Trier said, then added about his third pair of shoes of the tournament, "I picked the right ones to come out with tonight."
NOAH (15-5) will play Class 6A No. 5 Owasso (6-1) in the 8:30 p.m. Saturday final.
"It would be a big accomplishment for us to win this tournament," Trier said.
Owasso advanced with a 93-57 victory over Skiatook as Jaylen Lowe scored 23 and Shake Milton added 20.
"It's going to be a crazy game," Lowe said.
In the girls bracket, top-ranked 6A Edmond Santa Fe (11-1) will face 4A No. 12 Vinita (8-3) for the title at 7 p.m. Santa Fe rolled past Owasso 80-54 and Vinita outlasted 6A No. 12 Broken Arrow 47-41.
NOAH 64, Bishop Kelley 58 (boys): The Jaguars needed a quick start from Trier as he sparked them to an 11-0 lead. He had 11 points in the first quarter as the Jaguars were never caught, but the Comets rallied and stayed within striking distance until the final seconds.
Trier had 24 points to lift NOAH to a 36-25 halftime lead. The Comets, however, opened the second half with a 13-4 run to cut their deficit to 40-38.
With NOAH leading 56-54 lead with 1:13 left, Trier drove past a defender along the right baseline for his first basket of the second half.
"That's what he's done for us all year long," NOAH coach Chris Wallace said. "He wants to win and he scores when we need it."
LaRon Stokes, James Bickers and Trier each added two free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the outcome.
Kelley (9-4) was led in scoring by two sophomores - Josh Limes with 18 points and Chase Irwin with 12.
Owasso 93, Skiatook 57 (boys): The game was tied at 18 at the end of the first quarter before Lowe and Milton combined for 24 points in the second period to propel Owasso to a 47-27 halftime lead. Milton had three treys in the period and Lowe had three dunks.
"Coach V (Mark Vancuren) was pretty mad at us (after the first quarter)," Lowe said. "We know we're a much better team than Skiatook. We just went out and played a lot harder and played better defense."
Austin Lawless led Skiatook (5-4) with 16 points, including four treys.
Vinita 47, Broken Arrow 41 (girls): Kamry Chamberlain sank 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve Vinita's victory. Carsyn Spurgeon paced Vinita with 16 points, including 10-of-12 on free throws. Toree Thompson led Broken Arrow (5-4) with 18 points.
Edmond Santa Fe 80, Owasso 54 (girls): Tamara Lee scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to help the Wolves pull away to victory. Kylie Penning had 11 points for Owasso (4-6).
Sand Springs 60, Vinita 54 (boys): In the losers' bracket, Dalton Leslie's trey to open the fourth quarter snapped a 35-35 tie and ignited a 17-0 run to lift the Sandites (1-10). Ashton Palmer paced Sand Springs with 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
Garret Maxey led the Hornets (5-5) with 17 points and Phillip Willis added 15.
Southmoore 47, Collinsville 31 (boys): In the losers' bracket, Justin Bean scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter to help the Sabercats break the game open.
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Bishop Kelley's Josh Limes tries to get past NOAH's Allonzo Trier (left) Friday during the Skiatook Invitational. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World