McALESTER — Hornets 76, Demons 49:
With the outside shots not falling, the Stuart Hornets switched their offense to the paint.
The always-attacking Hornets just had too many weapons for the Crowder Demons.
The Hornets outscored the Demons in each of the first three quarters, winning Thursday’s semifinal of the Pitt 8 Tournament 76-49 at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester.
The Hornets go for their fifth consecutive championship Saturday against Haileyville at 8 p.m.
“We were 33 percent from the 3-point line the first quarter, and we were 82 percent from the free-throw line the first quarter,” Stuart guard Kaleb Wilson said. “When (our coach) told us those numbers, we knew what we had to do: We had to get it inside.”
Though a 5-point game early in the second quarter, Stuart began pulling away when Wilson drew a foul and hit two free throws. Crowder missed its next shot, the Wilson went back to the foul line and hit two more to make it 22-13 Hornets.
Crowder missed again, and off the defensive rebound Stuart went on the fastbreak, with Grady Brewer finishing with a layup on the opposite end. Brewer scored just 7 points — four on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that included a free throw at halftime — but the Hornets’ play picked up almost as soon as he subbed in midway through the first quarter.
“Grady came in a played really well for us tonight,” Stuart coach Darrick Farriell said of Brewer. “He gives us another kid that can hit the 3 a little bit, but he can also attack and get to the rim. He gives a second point guard out there to handle the ball besides Kaleb (Wilson).”
Hunter Motley hit a jump shot for Crowder, but Wilson matched him on the opposite end. Austin Weeks knocked down two free throws, but Brewer found Tyler Dunagan in the post for a layup on the opposite end.