McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 14, 2014

Falcons win ORES Area Championship

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

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.

Those losses dropped both Krebs teams to the consolation bracket. The Eagles played Hodgen and the Lady Eagles played Liberty in the consolation semifinals on Thursday in Liberty.

The girls’ and boys’ area consolation finals will take place at 1 and 2 p.m., respectively, at Liberty on Saturday. Saturday’s winners will advance to the Division II state tournament.

The Tannehill Lady Braves are still alive in the Division III Area III tournament, but the Braves lost 36-35 to Swink on Feb. 8 and were eliminated. The Lady Braves beat Swink 24-12 on Feb. 8, but they lost to Grant 26-2 in Monday’s semifinal and dropped to the consolation bracket.

Tannehill plays Belfonte in the area consolation semis tonight at 5 p.m. at Frink-Chambers. The winner advances to the consolation championship Saturday at 2 p.m. at Frink, where it will play either Grant or Monroe for a ticket to the state tournament.

In Division IV, the Haywood Bombers played Forest Grove in the Area II championship on Thursday. A win meant a trip to state, while a loss meant an area consolation final against either Nashoba or Albion today at 12 p.m. at Nashoba.

Haywood received a bye into the semifinals, where it beat Albion 44-36 on Monday.

The Lady Bombers also received a buy into the semifinals, but they lost to Albion 31-27. Haywood played Forest Grove in the consolation semis on Thursday, the winner of which plays either Albion or Glover in the consolation championship Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nashoba.

The ORES state tournaments start Thursday and continue through Feb. 22. Shawnee High School will host the Division I tournament, St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee will host Division II; Seminole State College in Seminole will host Division III and Shawnee Middle School will host Division IV.

All state championship games will be played Feb. 22 at Shawnee High School.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.