By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
CPHS 51 Jenks 44
1Q Sand Springs 11-8
2Q Sand Springs 17-12
3Q Jenks 8-6
4Q Sand Springs 17-16
Scoring: (Sand Springs) Colt Savage 19, Keener 13, Garbey 10, Price 5, Golightly 2, Cale Savage 2. (Jenks) Carson 13, Kuykendall 8, Surrett 8, Epps 7, Leitao 4, Harris 3, Bell 1.
(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Colt Savage 2, Keener 2, Golightly 1, Price 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Colt Savage 7, Keener 7, Price 2, Golightly 1, Garbey 1, Cale Savage 1.
Steals: Keener 2, Price 2, Colt Savage 1, Cale Savage 1, Taber 1.
Assists: Keener 3, Taber 2, Garbey 1.
Blocks: Keener 7, Colt Savage 1.
Fouls: Price 4, Colt Savage 3, Keener 3, Taber 3, Garbey 2, Smith 1, Cale Savage 1, Durkee 1.
The Charles Page High School boys' basketball team (8-10 overall, 2-7 conference) traveled to Jenks (3-12, 1-8) Tuesday night and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 51-44 Frontier Valley Conference victory.
Junior point guard Colt Savage led all scorers with 19 points and was one rebound short of a double-double. University of Central Oklahoma-signed senior Kyle Keener scored 14 points, also with nine rebounds, and added seven blocks, three assists, and two steals. Ananias Carson was the top dog for the Trojans with 13 points and led all scorers from three-point range.
The home team started the season with six-straight losses, then snapped a four-game losing streak last week with wins over Holland Hall and Bishop Kelley. After falling to No. 18 Bartlesville last week, the Trojans were looking to get back in the win column and take some momentum into the final stretch of the season. They never led after the first quarter, but consistently kept the Sandites on their toes and didn't slip to a double-digit deficit till the second-to-last shot of the night.
Senior Jacob Garbey opened the night off with a three-pointer for the Sandites, and Jared Kuykendall responded immediately with a three for the home team. The teams exchanged blows from there, but Garbey took the lead once and for all at 8-5 and Keener ended the first quarter with a layup to make it 11-8.
Keener and Savage added seven points apiece in the second quarter to force a 28-20 halftime advantage. After combining for 29 points in the second quarter, the third quarter was relatively quiet as the teams scored only 14 points altogether, with Jenks winning the period 8-6.
Keener started off the fourth quarter with a layup, but Kuykendall hit a pair of free throws and Isaiah Epps hit a two to cut it to 36-32. Garbey hit his third three of the night and by the time there was only a minute left, the Trojans were still hanging tough at 45-39. Matt Price put the game away for the Sandites in the last thirty seconds, shooting a free throw, then snagging a steal on the next possession and taking it coast-to-coast for two. He drew a foul on the layup and sank his and-one for the first double-digit lead of the night at 51-41. Carson hit his fourth three-pointer of the night with three seconds left, but the Sandites had clinched their second conference victory.
Sand Springs will return to action Friday night when they host 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (6-11). The Comets defeated Sand Springs 45-42 in the second game of the season, but they're now riding a four-game losing streak with losses to unranked Jenks and Bixby. Jenks has a tough week ahead, traveling to No. 12 Sapulpa (10-4) Friday and No. 1 Union (18-0) Tuesday.