BAHS Tigers head to state
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On Mar. 3, the Broken Arrow boys’ basketball team competed against the Owasso Rams at Tulsa Memorial to stay in the area tournament. After a loss to Booker T. Washington in the regional tournament, the boys had to come back with back-to-back wins in order to earn a spot in the state tournament. And they would have to win the first without their scoring leader in Caleb Huffman after he received two technical fouls in his last contest.
“I have a strong passion for the game, there is nothing like stepping on the court and showing people what you can do,” sophomore Camryn Dennis said.
The Tigers came out playing a competitive brand of basketball led by senior Tony Hall and Dennis, but found themselves down 38-27 at the end of the third quarter. With just three minutes left in the final quarter of play, the Tigers began a press defense and generated multiple points off of the Rams’ turnovers which aided a huge comeback attempt initiated by senior Cale Ensminger’s six points. To cap off the huge 30 point quarter comeback, sophomore Logan Dolan was brought off the bench and dropped four three-pointers and ended up sinking the game winning floater in overtime. After the huge, emotional comeback victory with a final score of 67-65 the Tigers would have to take on a stacked Norman North team featuring the highly coveted high school star, Trae Young.
“It feels great knowing that I played a part in keeping our season alive,” senior Cale Ensminger said.
The Tigers offense hit the ground running in the opening quarter of play against the Timberwolves, setting the tone and outscoring Norman North 26-14. Broken Arrow sustained a solid pace throughout the rest of the game, and earned their place in the state tournament after a convincing and highly entertaining game with a final score of 93-79.
“The game was amazing amazing because we have so many talented players who came together to win a tough game,” senior Olivia Hernandez said.
The Tigers will play the second seeded Edmond North on March 9 at the Mabee Center in hopes to continue the momentum they have and compete for a state championship.