Tulsa Riverfield wins first game in postseason
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Friday, February 15, 2013
2/15/13 at 6:01 AM
KELLYVILLE - As far as playoff basketball goes, Riverfield Country Day School hadn't been here before.
So, the Ravens weren't disappointed that Thursday's losers-bracket win in the Class A regional tournament was less than a thing of beauty.
Senior forward Jon Kelley scored 25 points as the Ravens held on to beat South Coffeyville 53-41, giving the West Tulsa private school its first postseason basketball win since it started competing in the OSSAA playoffs last year.
The school let out early Thursday so students could make the roughly 20-mile trip. After the game, headmaster Jerry Bates went into the locker room to congratulate the players.
"I think it's important as a program to reach these milestones so we can set a standard for the future," said Kelley, who made four 3-pointers.
The Ravens (17-4) went scoreless for more than 10 minutes of the second and third quarters and saw a 15-point lead dwindle to 23-20 when Austin Brodie of South Coffeyville (3-20) hit a 3-pointer to end the first half.
"We got a little stagnant on offense and stopped hitting shots," coach Jason Bogle said. "The good news is that they weren't hitting very many shots either. We had to go in at halftime and get everybody settled down. Survive and advance, that's what it's all about this time of year. It doesn't matter if it's pretty, ugly or whatever. You're fighting for another day."
The Ravens' next day comes at 3 p.m. Friday at Kellyville. Riverfield faces the loser of Thursday's first-round winners bracket game in Davenport between No. 12 Drummond and No. 18 Strother.
Kelley's 3-pointer accounted for Riverfield's only second-quarter points and the Ravens started the third quarter with five scoreless trips before Jacob Allen hit a pair of foul shots to break the drought at 3:58.
From there, the Ravens pulled away, outscoring South Coffeyville 11-3 over the final 2:14 of the third quarter to build a 36-25 lead. Kelley's 3-pointer started the surge, Zeke Clark's trey added fuel to the fire, then Clark stole the ball and passed to Kelley for another 3-pointer.
Class A Boys Regional
Riverfield 53, South Coffeyville 41
Riverfield Country Day: Kelley 25, Allen 11, Clark 9, Pace 3, Boulanger 3, Jafaar 2.
South Coffeyville: Whitney 16, Brodie 11, Harrington 7, Turney 4, Rowe 3.
Class A Girls Regional
Glencoe 57, Wilson (Henryetta) 39
Wilson (Henryetta): Donathon 22, Lehmkuhl 6, King 6, Williams 2, Vaughn 2, Sellers 1.
Glencoe: Castleberry 16, Hutchinson 11, Jefferies 9, Roe 8, Frank 6, Krehbiel 5, Schaefer 2.
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