Bixby vs Broken Arrow Basketball

Broken Arrow’s Josh Robinson dunks against Bixby at the Broken Arrow Tiger Fieldhouse on Friday. Robinson is averaging 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. BRETT ROJO/for the Tulsa World

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kaylon Finley

Edison • Jr. • Forward

The 6-4 junior forward had 24 points and nine rebounds in a win over Rogers last Tuesday and produced 23 points with eight rebounds in a win over Central on Friday. For the season, he averages 14 points and seven rebounds.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kamron Brice, McLain: The 6-4 senior matched his season average with 25 points in a loss to Booker T. Washington last Tuesday and then scored 41 in an 86-80 win over Hale on Friday.

Jonathan Buskirk, Regent Prep: The 6-2 forward is a three-year starter who averages 8 points per game in a control offense. Also averages 5 rebounds and 2.1 steals for the 2A No. 11 Rams (8-2). Coach Kerwin Dees said Buskirk “is a total player as an effective scorer, rebounder, defender and passer.”

C.J. Cochran, Preston: Scored 48 in a 97-85 win over Atoka on Saturday. The 6-foot guard was 19-of-25 from the field. He has twice scored 38 in a game this season.

Konner Davis, Oologah: The 5-9 sophomore point guard is averaging 19.4 points, 4.2 steals, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Oologah coach Nathan W. Smith said, “He brings a tremendous competitive spirit every night.”

RayQuan Elliott, Hale: The 6-3 senior guard had 52 points and 15 rebounds in the 5A No. 11 Rangers’ 103-79 win over Webster last Tuesday, and scored 38 against McLain on Friday. He is averaging 35 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Teams to watch

Barnsdall (12-2): The Class A Panthers have won four in a row since an overtime loss to Nowata, their second loss of the season to the 2A Ironmen (9-2). Junior guard Christian Warford averages 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals.

Bishop Kelley (7-3): The 5A No. 8 Comets have won six of their past seven games after sweeping a pair of weekend games over OKC McGuinness and OKC Mt. St. Mary. Senior guard Ryan Gendron averages 20 points and 8 rebounds.

GAMES TO WATCH

Broken Arrow (10-1) at Sand Springs (11-2) (Tuesday)

Look for a similar game as Broken Arrow’s 55-54 win in its visit to Sand Springs last season. Caleb Huffman scored 29 for Broken Arrow and Braden Boyer had the winning basket. Broken Arrow also defeated the Sandites 63-57 last season. The pick: Broken Arrow 60, Sand Springs 58.

Metro Christian (9-4) at Holland Hall (9-5) (Tuesday)

Expect a much closer game than Metro Christian’s 66-41 win in their previous meeting on Nov. 28. The pick: Metro Christian 67, Holland Hall 62.

Claremore (7-4) at Collinsville (5-4) (Tuesday)

Could be a huge game for 5A seedings as this is their only meeting before the playoff pairings are determined. Claremore is ranked No. 9 and Collinsville is No. 13. The pick: Claremore 63, Collinsville 61.

MR. INSIDE/MR. OUTSIDE UPDATE

The 15 Mr. Inside and 15 Mr. Outside finalists will be announced in Sunday’s editions.

NEWS AND NOTES

Smooth transition

Josh Robinson has been a key addition for Class 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow after moving from Paris, Texas, for his senior year.

Robinson averages 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. He is the Tigers’ leading scorer, just ahead of Camryn Dennis (16.2) and Caleb Huffman (11.9).

“Josh plays with a lot of emotion and positive energy,” Broken Arrow coach Beau Wallace said.

It’s been a smooth transition and Wallace credits much of that to senior Damian Everette, who was replaced as a starter by Robinson.

“Damian has done a great job coming off the bench and accepting his role,” Wallace said.

Broken Arrow, which visits Sand Springs in a big Frontier Valley Conference showdown Tuesday, won 72-57 Friday at Bixby. It was not the Tigers’ best effort of the season.

“For three quarters we were not as focused as we needed to be, we lost our concentration and gave up a lot of easy baskets,” Wallace said. “But we came out in the fourth quarter and got three or four stops, and that was the difference.”

The Tigers’ only loss through 11 games was in overtime against the independent Oklahoma City Storm while Wallace was sidelined with an illness.

“There are a lot of things we’re doing well, but there are some things we need to fix to get better and also toughen up defensively,” Wallace said.

Eagles flying

Edison swept its games against Rogers and Central last week after entering the holiday break with a 2-7 record.

“Those were two good wins for us,” Edison coach Michael Parish said. “Central is a hard place to win, and I’ve had good teams lose there. We have just one returning starter. We’re playing a lot of new and inexperienced players. We had some new guards who hadn’t played big minutes. We’ve led in the fourth quarter in five of our seven losses. We found ways to give those games away.

“When you’re 2-7, the rest of the season can go two ways. This was the first time we had two-a-days during Christmas break. The kids accepted the challenge and worked hard.”

Malachi White averages 17 points and 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Loddie Combs averages 14 points.

“Loddie is developing his game nicely and is doing a lot more things than just scoring,” Parish said. “The speed of the game is slowing down for him.”

Sevion Morrison, a 1,000-yard rusher on the football field as a sophomore last fall, has been a nice addition for Parish’s team after not playing basketball the past two years.

“He’s athletic and strong,” Parish said. “He’s very gifted.”

The future is bright for the Eagles, who have only one senior among their top eight players. Edison is ranked 17th in 5A.

“It is going to be fun watching this group grow,” Parish said.

Big ending

In a 3A matchup of top-15 teams, No. 11 Sperry defeated No. 14 Okmulgee 55-53 on Friday night as Ty Johnson made a layup as time expired, assisted by Jaxon Vancuren.

Boys RANKINGS

OSSAArankings.com coaches’ polls (as of Jan. 15), first-place votes in parentheses, record as of Jan. 14, followed by voting points.

Class 6A

1, Broken Arrow (21) 10-1, 527; 2, Edmond Santa Fe (4) 9-2, 486; 3, Putnam North (2) 10-3, 485; 4, Putnam West 11-3, 481; 5, Norman North 10-2, 448; 6, Midwest City 8-4, 397; 7, Union 8-3, 362; 8, Norman 9-3, 360; 9, Sand Springs 11-2, 355; 10, Sapulpa 9-2, 437; 11, Owasso 8-3, 288; 12, Edmond Memorial 8-5, 252; 13, Choctaw 7-5, 232; 14, Putnam City 8-7, 217; 15, Southmoore 7-4, 201.

Class 5A

1, Memorial (16) 13-1, 472; 2, OKC Northwest (6) 14-1, 447; 3, MWC Carl Albert (2) 10-2, 446; 4, Lawton Eisenhower (2) 8-1, 404; 5, B.T. Washington 6-4, 390; 6, Coweta 10-1, 3.59; 7, El Reno 10-2, 326; 8, Bishop Kelley 7-3, 321; 9, Claremore 7-4, 280; 10, Lawton MacArthur 7-4, 271; 11; Hale 10-5, 251; 12, Piedmont 8-5, 229; 13, Collinsville 5-4, 209; 14, Del City 6-6, 194; 15, Pryor 6-6, 170.

Class 4A

1, Kingfisher (47) 11-0, 920; 2, Ardmore (2) 11-3, 857; 3, Fort Gibson 11-2, 749; 4, Central 8-4, 708; 5, Victory Christian 10-3, 687; 6, OKC Heritage Hall (1) 7-5, 631; 7, Mannford 12-1, 588; 8, Roland 11-2, 437; 9, Elgin 8-4, 423; 10, Metro Christian 9-4, 391.

Class 3A

1, Kingston (34) 14-2, 734; 2, OKC Star Spencer (6) 8-4, 703; 3, OKC Mt. St. Mary 7-3, 661; 4, Hennessey (1) 13-0, 622; 5, Tahlequah Sequoyah 8-3, 577; 6, OKC Millwood 10-3, 542; 7, Hugo (1) 13-5, 528; 8, Okla, Christian School 6-3, 526; 9, Oktaha 11-1, 416; 10, Keys 9-2, 368.

Class 2A

1, Wright City (68) 13-2, 1,340; 2, Latta (1) 12-3, 1,122; 3, Hooker (1) 12-1, 1,013; 4, Ketchum (1) 10-2, 1,003; 5, Talihina 9-4, 892; 6, Preston 10-5, 772; 7, Wewoka 8-5, 749; 8, Luther 9-3, 695; 9, Rock Creek 12-3, 688; 10, Amber-Pocasset 12-4, 620.

Class A

1, Frontier (56) 14-0, 1,211; 2, Fort Cobb-Broxton (7) 15-3, 1,138; 3, Pond Creek-Hunter 10-3, 993; 4, Rattan (3) 14-2, 969; 5, Cyril 13-3, 938; 6, Okarche 14-2, 892; 7, Seiling (1) 12-0, 853; 8, Glencoe 12-4, 810; 9, Arapaho-Butler 13-3, 752; 10, Kiowa 13-6, 580.

Class B

1, Earlsboro (47) 17-0, 1,087; 2, Red Oak (3) 15-3, 961; 3, Lookeba-Sickles (6) 16-2, 920; 4, Calumet (3) 16-2, 916; 5, Indiahoma (1) 18-1, 899; 6, Paden 15-2, 784; 7, Timberlake 14-1, 694; 8, Buffalo 13-1, 692; 9, Whitesboro (1) 14-3, 654; 10, Leedey 14-3, 634.

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