BYNG — A second-half rally by Sulphur fell a little short in the Class 3A, Area IV playoffs on Thursday, as Antlers won 61-53 to eliminate the Bulldogs.
Sulphur trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, but rallied to take the lead in the third quarter behind a 17-10 advantage. Antlers returned fire in the fourth with 22 points to pull away.
Haydn Rogers had a game-high 26 points, Ryan Beauchamp added 11 and Michael Mares had eight for Sulphur.
Rogers hit three of Sulphur's six 3-pointers, spearheading the Bulldogs' comeback in the third quarter.
"We expended a lot of energy trying to get back into the game. He was a big part of the offense to get us back," Sulphur coach Chase Todd said of Rogers. "He did everything he could to extend our season."
"After not getting off to a good start, I thought we did a good job of getting some turnovers, getting back into the game."
Despite the comeback effort, Antlers still held the advantage at the free throw line, converting 19 of 31 to Sulphur's 7 of 13.
"One of the biggest problems was they made more free throws than we shot," Todd said. "They had five guys in double digits. They're really balanced offensively."
Sulphur finished the season 17-10. The Bulldogs will return three starters and, according to Todd, have a promising freshman class coming in 2013-14.
"We were disappointed we lost, but it's definitely an accomplishment to make it to area," Todd said. "Hopefully, we can use this year as a building block and have a better year next year."
Crooked Oak 54, Marietta 51
PURCELL — Nursing a six-point lead at halftime, Marietta was outscored 15-8 by Crooked Oak in the third quarter, and the Indians were bounced from the Class 3A, Area II tournament.
Despite not playing their best basketball, according to coach Duane Shaw, Marietta still had a shot to win in the end. But Crooked Oak was a frequent visitor to the free-throw line, converting 20 of 38 to Marietta's 9 of 16.
Davonte Finch scored 11 points, T.J. Tatum added 10 and Tyler Tatum had nine for the Indians. Marietta committed 22 turnovers and gave up 20 offensive rebounds.
"We didn't block out and rebound, we didn't make shots," Shaw said. "When we handled their pressure and slowed down, we got good shots. When we executed and did our stuff, we got layups.
"All in all, we didn't defend terribly. We just didn't rebound."
Marietta finished the season 19-8. The Indians will return three players with starting experience (Tyler Tatum, Raul Valenzuela and Chaz Sanders).
"We have a chance to be OK next year," Shaw said. "It's the best season they've had in 10 years, so we can't be completely disappointed."
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Ada 58, Madill 48
CHICKASHA — Holding on to a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, Madill couldn't hold on, as Ada closed with an 18-7 run to win in Class 4A area play Thursday.
Madill hit eight 3-point field goals, but the offense dried up for the Wildcats in the fourth. The Wildcats ended the season 18-9.
Joe Avery led the way with 14 points, Ke'ven Davis had 11 and Ivan Flores added 10 for Madill. Flores hit three 3-pointers, and Davis and Hunter Chapa each made two.
Atoka 37, Davis 34
BYNG — In the Class 3A, Area IV tournament, Davis led for most of the game against Atoka, but was outscored 12-6 in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves led 28-25 entering the final period, but foul trouble allowed Atoka to claw back into the game.
Davis' leading scorer Kendal Rogers fouled out with Davis up three late, and point guard Jaycee Sanders fouled out with the Wolves up one.
"With both of them off the floor, it was really hard for us to get into an offense and get things done," Davis coach Jeff Brown said.
On a loose ball, Sanders was called for her fifth foul, sending Atoka to the line for the go-ahead free throws. Davis struggled from the line, making just 8 of 17 to Atoka's 16 of 26.
"From my angle she had the ball in her hands," Brown said of Sanders' controversial hustle play. "It was one of those close calls that could have gone either way.
"But that play was magnified because we didn't take care of our business earlier. If we make our free throws, we win the game anyway."
Rogers led the Wolves with 13 points in her final game. Jessica Looney and Casady Webb each added six points.
Brown said he's pleased with the finish to Davis' season. The Wolves (17-8) graduate Rogers and Looney, but return six players who started at some point this season.
"I am 100 percent happy with the job our girls did, happy that me and my family are in Davis," Brown said. "Not a lot was thought of us at the first of this year.
"We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores this year. Everything I asked, they did their very best to try and do this year."
Other games (not reported): Class 3A boys, Lindsay 38, Plainview 37.