Tight Games Highlight Kelley Classic Openers

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:25 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Dec 10, 2009 8:30 PM CDT

Bobby Lewis
Oklahoma Sports Reporter

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Bishop Kelley is hosting one of the state’s premier high school basketball tournaments this week and the action tipped Thursday afternoon. Eight teams from all corners of Oklahoma squared off.

Thursday’s first game featured the defending 3A state champion Cascia Hall Commandos and a young, upstart Tulsa Central squad. The Braves led early thanks to big buckets from junior guard Corey Frazier. Central led the Commandoes by eight at halftime, but Cascia Hall caught fire in the second half.

Stephen Rouse led a second half comeback, scoring 11 points. He and senior center Bear Hawkins paced a Commandos inside-outside attack. When Rouse couldn’t break free for a jumper, he’d hit the 6-foot-8 Hawkins for an easy layup against Central’s undersized front court.

Frazier tried to keep the Braves in it down the stretch. He scored 21 points for the Braves. Central had a chance to take a four point lead with one minute to play, but Rouse came up with a big steal and layup to give Cascia a chance.

With Cascia trying to run out the clock, Central guard Patrick Wallace picked up a technical foul for shoving A.Z. Moyer, and Cascia iced the game with free throws. The Commandos outlasted the Braves, 38-37.

Charles Boaz chipped in eight points for the Braves in the loss.

Other scores from the Bishop Kelley Classic:
Altus 51, Bishop Kelley 54 -- Bishop Kelley Downs Altus in a Second-Half Thriller
Skiatook 38, Bishop McGuinness 58
Hale 74, Stilwell 73