BARTLESVILLE – The Sand Springs boys basketball team saw a halftime lead slip away in the third quarter, resulting in a 53-39 loss to unranked Bartlesville Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the road.

Junior guard Colt Savage scored a team-high 20 points, and senior big man Kyle Keener added 12 points in the 14-point loss.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Eric Savage. "We have to get production from Jacob Garbey, Cole Durkee and Peyton Golightly. Getting senior guards Josh Taber and Caleb Wash into basketball shape will hopefully help. They have had two practices (since football). Of those two, Taber is the only one with significant varsity experience. So, we're going to have to grow up quickly. Garbey and Cole (Durkee) are capable and they will be better next game."

Colt Savage and Keener are going to score a lot of points in this offense, but the supporting players have to step up. Sophomore Cale Savage, Colt’s younger brother, hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter, and he was the only other Sandite player to score in the first half. As a matter of fact, he was the only other player to score in the entire game, putting only three Sandites in the scorer’s book.

Class 6A No. 14-ranked Sand Springs (0-1) went on an 11-0 run to close out the first half, but Bartlesville (1-0) started the second half with a run of its own. Trailing 28-21, the Bruins went on a 16-1 run to start the third quarter, grabbing a 37-29 lead. A.J. Archambo gave his team a 30-29 lead with 3:30 left in the quarter, and Andrew Gronigan followed with a 3-pointer. Colt Savage stopped the bleeding with a basket at around the one minute mark, and Bartlesville led 37-31 going into the final quarter.

The Sandites could only manage three points in the third, and the Savage brothers were the only players to score for Sand Springs. Keener was held scoreless in the second half, and only Colt and Cale Savage scored in the third and fourth quarters.

In the second half, Bartlesville out-scored Sand Springs, 32-11.

Gronigan seemed to sink everything he threw at the rim, scoring a game-high 21 points. He hit five 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the second half. Archambo ended with 12 points and Barron Tanner had 11, putting three Bruins in double figures.