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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Savages claim invitational crown in tale of two halves

  • Alan Brewer netted three of his four treys in the third quarter, and later connected on both ends of a one-and-one trip to the foul line as Class 4A’s No. 14 Tecumseh nipped Ada 64-59 in Saturday’s championship game of the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist University.
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  • Alan Brewer netted three of his four treys in the third quarter, and later connected on both ends of a one-and-one trip to the foul line as Class 4A’s No. 14 Tecumseh nipped Ada 64-59 in Saturday’s championship game of the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist University. Brewer notched a game-high 23 points, and was joined by teammates Colton Owen and Julio Hukill in being named to the all-tournament team. The tale of two halves began with an 18-15 first-quarter lead for Ada’s Cougars, who then dished out 22 second-quarter points to lead 40-28 at the break. Refusing to throw in the towel, the Savages out-gunned their opponents 15-14 in the third quarter, then unloaded for a 21-5 run over the final eight minutes of play. The score was 62-59 in Tecumseh’s favor with just 37 seconds to go, and the Cougars were hit with a steal on their end of the court that led to Brewer’s one-and-one with 21 ticks left. The Cougars failed to connect on a 3-point field goal on their ensuing possession, and the Savages recovered the ball and ran out the clock. Ada’s John Stout and Cory Kilby were each named to the all-tournament team, as were Clint Simmons of Bethel, Jacob Magruder of McLoud, Casey Freeman of Newcastle and Cody Waitt of Perkins-Tryon. Stout led the Cougars with 22 points in the title game, and Kilby added 21. Tecumseh dropped Chandler 54-42 in the opening round of the invitational Thursday, then hit semifinals opponent Newcastle with a 55-34 loss Friday. The Savages will go to Byng Tuesday. Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.
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