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Ada boys blow past OKC club in first round

Jan. 6—Keith Cook got cookin' just when the Ada Cougars needed him to cook the most.

The Ada junior scored 12 points in a game-changing 15-5 run in the fourth quarter to help the Cougars break open a tight game and blow past the OKC Storm 50-38 late Thursday night in the first round of the 2024 East Central Oklahoma Classic.

The Cougars ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, improved to 8-1 and met old rival Ardmore in a highly-anticipated semifinal showdown Friday night.

Ada 50, OKC Storm 38

Cook finished with a game-high 20 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers. He also had five rebounds.

After the Storm had tied the game at 33-33 with just over six minutes to play, Cook started the pivotal Ada surge by hitting the first of two free shots with 5:46 left. After he missed the second one, the rebound was headed out of bounds. Stephano Farrington tried to save the ball but ended up throwing it right to Cook, who drove down the lane for a layup to put the Cougars on top 36-33.

Carter Colombe followed with a steal and made a nice outlet pass to Cook for an easy bucket that put the hosts on top 38-33. Seconds later, Cook came up with a steal of his own and went coast-to-coast for a layup that gave the Cougars a 40-33 lead with 5:04 left in the contest. He wasn't done yet. Cook buried a 3-pointer with 3:52 left that stretched the AHS advantage to 43-35 with 3:52 remaining.

Devon MacColister knocked down a triple of his own at the 2:27 mark that made it 46-37 and Cook's putback with 1:24 showing pushed the Ada lead to 48-37.

Caron Richardson was the only other Cougar to hit double figures. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points. MacCollister was next with eight points and also hit a pair of treys. He also had six rebounds and six assists.

Ayonide Adenté-Pinder led the Storm with 19 points. Farrington just missed double figures with nine.

McLain leaves Byng team behind

Tulsa McLain showed too much firepower in a 65-42 win over Byng in another East Central Oklahoma Classic first-round game on Friday.

The Pirates dropped into consolation play at 6-4, while McLain ranked No. 12 in Class 4A — improved to 10-2.

McLain 65, Byng 42

The Titans led just 12-8 after the first quarter and had stretched its advantage to 31-18 by halftime.

Byng still trailed 48-36 after three quarters before McLain pulled away by ending the contest on a 17-6 run.

"We struggled to get stops on the defensive end when we had opportunities early. We also struggled on the boards in the first half," said Byng first-year head man Jared Gambrel. "Offensively, we struggled to move the ball side to side. We tried to do too much off the bounce. We have to move the ball side to side with the pass if we want to be more efficient offensively."

Malachi Schilreff led the Byng offense with 20 points. No other BHS player hit double figures. Mark Birdshead was next with nine points and Bo Boatwright chipped in six.

McLain was led by the big one-two punch of Tre Crosslen and KJ Nichols. Crosslen sank five 3-pointers and scored 26 points and Nichols poured in 25 and sank a trio of treys for the Titans.