Trojans Topple BA and Advance to State

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:36 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 6, 2010 10:48 PM CDT

Bobby Lewis
Oklahoma Sports Mobile Journalist

SAPULPA, Oklahoma –One of the best teams in Oklahoma won’t be playing for a title this season after Jenks upset the Broken Arrow Tigers 51-47 Saturday night. The underdog Trojans held off a late Tigers charge to advance to the 6A state quarterfinals.

John Leonard scored 13 points to lead the Trojans. Tyler Ott joined Leonard in double-figures with 10.

Jenks trailed by three after the first quarter but got an amazing buzzer-beating heave from mid-court by C.J. Sidorakis. The senior nailed the shot to give the Trojans some much needed momentum after they struggled to establish any kind of offensive rhythm in the first eight minutes of the game.

Marnard Grant carried the Tigers for the first two quarters. The shifty senior guard made a couple of acrobatic layups in traffic and distributed the ball to his teammates well. Grant finished the game with 15 points.

Earlier this season, Broken Arrow stormed back from a 20-point deficit on the road to beat Jenks 68-64. Tigers players thought the come-from-behind win over a tough opponent would benefit them down the road in the postseason. Saturday night, with their postseason lives on the line, Broken Arrow couldn’t recreate the comeback magic.

Jake Toupal scored 17 points for the Tigers. The Tigers finished the season with a 21-5 record.

Jenks advances to the 6A state semifinals. They join Muskogee, Edmond Memorial and Norman North to make up the final four from the east side of the state.