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BOYS BASKETBALL: Sequoyah soars to Pryor Invitational Tournament title

Jan. 22—In a showcase of offensive prowess and tournament dominance, Sequoyah claimed the Pryor Invitational Tournament championship for a third-consecutive year.

The Eagles, ranked 11th in Class 4A, demonstrated their blowout capability with a resounding 68-46 victory over Class 2A No. 8 Ketchum on Saturday night at the Burdick Center. It was a nice change of pace for them after navigating through two close contests against Pryor and Skiatook on the way to the championship game.

Eestyn Prater, delivering standout performances throughout the tournament, earned the well-deserved Tournament MVP title. Teammates Kyler Moore and Tristan Gibson also received recognition, securing spots on the all-tournament team.

Sequoyah's victory marked its eighth-consecutive tournament championship.

The opening quarter set the stage for a tight battle, with the Eagles holding a slim 19-14 lead. Balanced scoring from Gibson, Wood and Prater contributed to the early advantage.

However, it was in the second quarter that Sequoyah made its decisive move.

Sparked by Moore's eight points, including two 3-pointers, the Eagles outscored Ketchum 16-8 in the second period, entering halftime with a commanding 35-22 lead.

Although Ketchum responded with a 16-point third quarter, Sequoyah maintained control, matching its opponent's output with a balanced attack featuring contributions from Judah Gibson, Wood and Prater.

The fourth quarter sealed the Eagles' dominance, for Moore and Tristan Gibson combined for 16 points, leading their team to outscore Ketchum 18-8 in the final period. Moore finished as the game's top scorer with 19 points, closely followed by Tristan Gibson's 16-point performance.

Prater and Wood added to the balanced offensive showcase with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Judah Gibson contributed eight points.

For the Warriors, who entered the game on a 10-game winning streak, Rowdy Mullin and Cody Brown led the scoring with 10 points each, supported by CJ Weeks and Justin Johnson with eight and seven points, respectively.

An intriguing note in the matchup is that all three of Ketchum's losses this season have come at the hands of Sequoyah, with an average margin of defeat of 24.7 points per game against the Eagles.

With this commanding victory, Sequoyah extended its season record to an impressive 14-1, securing an eight-game winning streak and firmly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in Class 4A basketball.

OTHER LOCAL SCORES AT PRYOR INVITATIONAL

Friday

Boys: Oologah 49, Vinita 44

Girls: Oologah 46, Sequoyah 43

Saturday

Boys: Oologah 58, Pryor 35 (fifth-place game)

Girls: Sallisaw 34, Oologah 27 (fifth-place game)

Girls: Sequoyah 38, Ketchum 33 (seventh-place game)