Hooker advances to Texhoma Tournament final PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 January 2011 13:06

By GREG CREWS
The Guymon Daily Herald
TEXHOMA, Okla. — For the Balko Bison, there may as well have not been a second quarter.
The Hooker Bulldogs held Balko scoreless in the second quarter while turning a two-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Hooker went on to claim a 49-38 victory and advance to the final of the Texhoma Tournament.
The Bison looked strong early, trailing for a grand total of 22 seconds in the first quarter, before the wheels came off in the second.
Hooker overtook the lead at 13-11 after a pair of baskets by sophomore Payson Slater.
Balko didn’t score for 10 minutes, ending the drought when sophomore Alex Naylor hit a jumper in the third quarter to make it 23-13 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Bison never got closer than six points in the second half.
Sophomore guard Joe Bean led Hooker with 15 points, while Slater had 12 and junior Alex Sanchez had six. Sophomore Chad Kennedy and junior Guerrero Garcia each had four, senior Jason Ingland had three, junior Cody Ansley and freshman Taylor McBee each had two and sophomore Gabe Morales chipped in with one point.
Nearly 90 percent of Balko’s scoring came from two players as senior Kolby Stephens had a game-high 24 points and junior Ty Casper added 10. Junior Brady Burdick and Naylor each had two points.

 

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