By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The #17 Charles Page High School varsity basketball team scored a 50-45 conference victory in their first game of the season at Whitey Ford Athletic Center in Bixby.
The #20 Spartans were unable to put up an effective defense to a scoring melee by last season's top scorer, sophomore Brooks Haddock. Last year Haddock scored 303 points, but didn't cross the 20 mark in a single game till late January. If Tuesday's victory is any indication of the season-to-come, it's safe to say we can expect further greatness from the young stud.
Behind Haddock was sophomore Colt Savage, son of the head coach, with 11 points and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
Defensively, junior Kyle Keener was the star of the show with 10 rebounds and 5 blocks to complement his 4 points.
Senior Arvionte Nichols was also all over the action with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and a steal.
The boys lead the game the whole night and while the Spartans were far from push-overs, there was never any real scare that they might win it.
Only one Spartan posted double-digits. Senior Parker Jennings scored 18 for his team.
The win is a great start for a team with high expectations. Last season the Sandites had their best record since 2000 and only graduated 1 starter. Head Coach Eric Savage is in his third year now at Sand Springs and has overseen marked improvement each year. Savage took his previous school, Tulsa Memorial, to four state titles in ten years.
The Junior Varsity squad had a much closer battle but ultimately won it in overtime 34-32.