HARTSHORNE — With the majority of their basketball squad having just finished football season, the Hartshorne Miners looked a little raw in Wednesday’s game.
But with athletes like Trey Medicine Bear running the floor, even an unpolished Miners had more than enough speed and strength to overpower the Oktaha Tigers.
Medicine Bear scored 24 points, leading the Miners to a 68-49 win against the Tigers in the consolation semifinals of the Hartshorne Pick & Shovel Classic at Taylor Gymnasium.
Hartshorne faces Wilburton in the consolation finals today at 7 p.m.
“We figured out a way to win right there,” Miners coach Jeff Beare said. “We had a lead, we didn’t lose the lead and we took care of the basketball.
“Basketball in-shapeness, compared to football, is different. But going as far as we did in the playoffs, we stayed in shape anyway.”
Medicine Bear played a key role in a first quarter in which the Miners outscored the Tigers 23-4, a deficit from which the Tigers never recovered. Back-to-back layups by Medicine Bear made it 11-2 Miners, then Troy Ray put back an offensive rebound and Tyler Lindley turned a steal into a fastbreak basket to make it 15-2.
Dru Barrier sank a layup, drew a foul and drained the free throw to make it 18-2, and after Ashton Ayers hit a jump-shot for Oktaha, Medicine Bear stole a pass and beat everyone down the floor for a layup and a 20-4 lead. Ledgen Angeli finished the quarter by draining a 3-pointer for Hartshorne with 1.5 seconds left.
Medicine Bear also scored the first six points of the second quarter, putting back two offensive rebounds and scoring a layup to make it 29-4 Miners.
“It just comes natural,” Medicine Bear, a 5-foot-11 and 230-pound freshman, said.
“If I see a ball, I just go for it.”