Jenks Blows Huge Lead to Tigers

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:32 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 9, 2010 11:3 PM CDT

Bobby Lewis
Oklahoma Sports Reporter

JENKS, Oklahoma – Apparently, not even a 17-0 deficit scares the Broken Arrow Tigers. Rusty Stecker’s team found a way to overcome a horrible start to pull off a remarkable 68-64 comeback win on the road over Jenks in double overtime.

The Trojans couldn’t miss in the first quarter from long-distance. John Leonard, Tony Hodnett and CJ Sidorakis all knocked down three pointers to build Jenks’ lead to a dozen early on.

The Tigers, on the other hand, were ice cold from the opening tip. Broken Arrow missed multiple point-blank layups and wide open jump shots in the first eight minutes of play. The Tigers finally cracked the scoreboard after a Drew Howerton layup at the 1:14 mark.

Jenks led 18-6 after the first quarter. Broken Arrow fans stood in silence in the corner of the gym wondering what happened to their team. The Tigers had outscored their opponents 347-264 in their previous five games, with wins over the top two teams in 6A.

Broken Arrow responded to a Stecker mid-half tantrum during a timeout with a flurry of jump shots to cut into the Jenks lead at halftime. The jumpers kept falling in the third and fourth quarters, and a stunned home crowd watched as Jenks let what was an insurmountable lead slip away.

BA forced two overtimes and outlasted the Trojans. The Tigers improved to 4-0 on the road this season and 11-1 against teams ranked in the top-20 in the state. Broken Arrow hosts Sapulpa on Friday night. Jenks will visit Muskogee.