The Silo Rebels continued their march to the top of Bryan County athletic programs with a 49-36 win over Tushka on Saturday, which gave them the county basketball tournament championship.
This local crowning achievement at Bloomer Sullivan Arena follows a state championship in baseball one year ago and an appearance at the state championship game last fall. Now the basketball squad has established itself as one of the best chances in this area to go deep in the basketball playoffs a month from now.
Silo utilized a 34-19 second half surge to overcome an impressive early defensive effort by the Tigers. Tushka held the Rebels to just 15 points in the first half, and in turn Silo held them to 17.
“They are a very formidable opponent and we were just fortunate enough to make some plays and be on the top side of it,” said Silo Coach Dax Simon. “We’ve played a tough schedule all year long. We were down at the half but were able to come out and execute the second half.”
Tournament MVP Kendall Shives scored 17 points in the final game. Andrew Bolin came off the bench for 11, and All-Tournament selection Leonard Sandler added 11 as well.
Tushka had two players on the All-Tournament team in Garrette Wall and Wyatt Daniel, the latter scoring 14 against the Rebels. Isaac Cooper had 11 for Tushka.
Other All-Tournament selections were Colbert’s Garrett Work and Boswell forward Tracy Brown.
Girls Championship: Caddo 53 Colbert 19
The Lady Bruins of Caddo moved to 15-0 with a three-game sweep of the Bryan County Tournament, winning handily over Boswell (77-27), Tushka (66-16) and finally Colbert in the finals by a 33-point spread.
Over their 15 wins, Caddo has defeated opponents by an average of 39 points per game. The closest contests of the season so far have been 27-point wins over Eagletown and Colbert.
So it’s no coincidence that Alli Adair became one of the few freshmen in Bryan County history to win the tournament’s MVP honors. The Caddo guard scored eight points in the final game Saturday but also tallied 10 rebounds and five steals.
“Allie is playing like a veteran,” said Caddo Coach Vernon Johnson. “Julie Layton has played well, fitting into our system, and Desiree Haugen has been great playing in her first full season. And Shelby (Dellinger) makes our defense go, she’s like a hornet out there.”
The mighty Lady Bruins have a pair of likely victories this week against a struggling Coleman team on Tuesday and a home contest against Tushka on Friday.
The real tests will come in the first week of February, when Caddo faces Kiowa (No. 3 in Class A), Caney (No. 15 in B) and Hugo (No. 8 in 3A) before heading into the playoffs.
Haugen and Tobi Miller made the All-Tournament team as they combined for 27 points to lead the Caddo effort. Miller had 6 assists in the game.
Other All-Tournament selections were Calera’s Taylor Pickett, Silo’s Mary Grider and Colbert forward Taytiana Gray. She led Colbert with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the final game.
Boys Third Place: Boswell 58 Rock Creek 33
The Scorpions got solid outings from their entire starting five to take down Rock Creek by 25 points for third place at the Bryan County Tournament on Saturday.
Tracy Brown turned in a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as well as a pair of blocked shots. Cameron Collier scored eight of his 12 in the first quarter on a 17-4 start for the Scorps.
Cameron Roberts turned in 8 points; Caleb Brown had 7; Rowdy Yates had 6 to go with 10 rebounds.
Wyatt Sullivan gave quality minutes off the bench for Coach Roland Branton with 5 points, including 3-of-5 shooting at the line. Stacy Brown had 3, McKenna Pierce 2 and Jay Isaac 1.
Bronson Burns was held in check with 12 points for the Mustangs. Garrett Mitchell hit a pair of threes, Justice Martin scored 5 and Noe Alaniz collected 9 rebounds to go with a pair of baskets.
Girls Third Place: Silo 54 Tushka 42
Mary Grider went 18-for-21 from the free throw line (86 percent) on her way to the tournament’s best individual scoring of the day with 23 points in a 54-42 third-place win over Tushka.
Hannah Bourne added 9, Riley Newton 7, Katlyn Halley 6, Karissa Marshall 5 and Jewel Zukosky 4 for the Lady Rebels, who won two of three at the tournament.
Jaylee Eaves (17) and Kelsey Chambers (11) led Tushka in scoring.
The Bryan County Tournament is organized every year by the Bryan County Coaches Association and sponsored in recent years by Landmark Bank and Southeastern Electric Co-op. The BCCA Conference includes eight schools from Bryan, Choctaw and Atoka counties.
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