UPDATE: The Mustangs won in overtime on Friday afternoon and advance to the second round of regional playoffs at 3 pm Saturday at Daniel Webster.
UPDATE: Because of bad weather on Thursday, the regional basketball playoff games are moved back one day. Thursday games are Friday. Friday games are Saturday. Saturday games are Monday.
By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor
Oologah lost 46-34 on the road against Blackwell Saturday in the first round of the 4A basketball playoffs.
“We wanted to speed up the tempo of the game because Blackwell primarily plays five players but we weren’t able to do that on a consistent basis. We picked up some early fouls that made us back off our defensive pressure.
“Blackwell pounded the ball inside to their six foot four post player and our help defense was slow to rotate over and help. We just didn’t seem ready to play and Blackwell took full advantage of our mistakes,” Oologah head coach Jim Deaton said.
Kolton Kitterman had a pair of baskets for Oologah in the opening quarter and Breyden DeSpain knocked down two threes. The Mustangs ended the period up 10-8.
Blackwell made a pair of threes to start the second period. Oologah struggled offensively and Blackwell led 22-17 at half.
Levi Potter hit a three to start the second half. Kyle Clark made four field goals, but Blackwell was still up 34-30 heading into the fourth.
Oologah only managed two baskets in the final period. Blackwell went 6 of 8 from the line and the Mustangs went down 46-34.
Clarkled the team with 10 points, DeSpain had 9, Cody Iceberg had 6, Kolton Kitterman had 4, Potter had 3 and Ezra Deaton had 2 points.
The Mustangs face elimination at Berryhill Thursday at 3 p.m. against Metro Christian. Oologah must win to remain in the playoffs.