McALESTER — The Frink-Chambers Falcons are bound for Shawnee. They beat Woodall 25-24 in the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools’ Division I Area III Tournament championship Tuesday at Frink-Chambers, punching their ticket to the ORES state tournament.
“Great defensive battle on both sides,” Frink coach Lloyd Belt said Wednesday. “Neither side let their opponent get into any kind of offense, any kind of rhythm.”
Belt added, “We never led until two seconds were left in the game.”
Belt said Frink took the lead on a basket by Tanner Rowland, taking advantage of the Falcons’ tall and physical forwards. Rowland drew a foul on the play, but he intentionally missed it so the clock would run out before Woodall could get off another shot.
The Falcons pulled off the upset despite starters Jacob Amos and Ryan Kelley picking up three early fouls and sitting much of the game. Amos scored 11 points, including a 3-for-4 fourth quarter from the foul line, and Jacob Slater scored 10.
“There was not an empty seat in the place, and it was for both sides,” Belt said.
Frink-Chambers will play the Area II runner up in the state quarter-finals on Thursday at Shawnee High School. With the Area II Tournament not finishing until Friday night, the Falcons could play Tenkiller, Twin Hills, Justus Tiawah or South Rock Creek at State.
Woodall entered the 2014 postseason as the defending state champions in both boys’ and girls’ basketball. The Lady Falcons lost to Woodall in Tuesday’s Area III girls’ championship, 43-14.
The Lady Falcons can still get to state by beating Brushy in the area consolation championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Frink. They beat Brushy 49-16 in the area semifinals on Feb. 8.
In Division II, Krebs lost to Hodgen 48-8 on Monday in the Area IV girls’ semifinals at Frink-Chambers. Krebs lost to Moffett 48-24 in the boys’ semis later that same night.