News and Notes: Big win for Rangers
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Monday, January 21, 2013
1/21/13 at 3:39 AM
Hale's 55-53 victory at Class 4A No. 4 McLain on Thursday was the biggest in Joshua McGee's two seasons as the Rangers' coach.
Johnathan Cox had the winning basket with 2.8 seconds left. Davaunta Thomas nearly equalled his season average as he scored 22 to lead Hale, which is 4-12 but has doubled its victory total from last year.
"This should be a great confidence booster for us," McGee said. "We're a young team that plays hard. Davaunta is doing a great job scoring-wise and as a leader."
Another standout for Hale was 6-foot-5 sophomore Josh Cavalier, who had 19 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Bacon sidelined: Kiefer captain Thomas Bacon will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Bacon, an All-State cross country performer, averaged 19.8 points. Kiefer's Daniel Mefford also suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Bacon had 1,161 career points in 77 games. He was the Frisco Conference most valuable player last year and plans to play for Tabor College next season.
Kyle Bacon, who averages 7 points per game, is honoring his brother by wearing Thomas' uniform number 44.
Despite the setbacks, Kiefer is 10-3. Lense Ramey is averaging 17.2 points.
Garcia on Thunder video: Union's Rudy Garcia is one of several state coaches who speaks on pregame videos at Oklahoma City Thunder games. Garcia taped the segment early in the NBA season.
"It was a neat deal for us," Garcia said. "We got tickets to a suite and it was a good experience to meet those people. What they're doing for basketball in Oklahoma is a great thing. They've done a lot for us at the coaches association."
Hall of Fame tickets remain: Tickets are still available for the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet scheduled for Thursday at the Doubletree at Warren Place. Individual tickets are $100. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and the banquet is at 7 p.m.
Fifteen are being inducted, including several who were prominent in basketball such as Wayman Tisdale, Luther Pegues, Grady Skillern and Bill Allen.
Reservations for individual seating or tables can be made by calling Lisa Norman at the TPS Athletics office at 918-746-6453 or by email at email@example.com.
Booker T. Washington's Kevin Sims goes up for a shot guarded by Memorial's A.J. Cockrell during Friday's game. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World
Booker T. Washington's Myles Clark guards Memorial's Demari Edwards Friday. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World