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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Savages obliterate Elk City, 95-37

  • Tecumseh blasted Elk City 95-37 Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Jones Invitational.
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  • Total destruction.
     
    That’s the only way to describe what Tecumseh did to Elk City Friday night, shooting 64 percent from the field — including 62 percent from 3-point range — in a 95-37 manhandling of the Elk Friday night in the semifinals of the Jones Invitational.
     
    “Everybody was hooked up tonight,” Tecumseh head coach Eric Litherland said. “We came out with no pulse [Thursday]. The guys were focused tonight.”
     
    Look no further than Alan Brewer, who scored a team-high 25 points — all in the first half. Brewer was 5-of-9 from deep and sat for most of the second half.
     
    Colton Owen and Tanner Pitchford combined for 25 points, while point guard Clayton Baquera racked up four points, five assists and four steals.
     
    “Clayton is the glue to this team. He’s the guy that makes us go,” Litherland said.
     
    When the game was out of reach, Litherland said his “reserves came in in the second half and kept the pace.”
     
    Actually, they even scored more points than the starters.
     
    Patrick Fox came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from long range, including six points in a 9-0 run that took place in the last 15 seconds of the third quarter.
     
    Elk City kept it tight — relatively speaking — in the first quarter, trailing by eight heading into the second quarter. After that, the Savages (16-2) outscored the Elk 71-21.
     
    “Energy was the factor for us tonight,” Litherland said.
     
    The Savages knocked down 39 of their 61 shots from the field, while hitting 13-of-21 from 3-point range.
     
    Tecumseh advances to take on Class 4A’s No. 14 John Marshall in today’s title game at 5:30 p.m.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.
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