The Class 3A No. 10 Kingston Redskins' season ends with a 23-6 record.
BETHANY – Kingston suffered a narrow, 60-59 defeat to the Sequoyah-Tahlequah Indians in the quarterfinals of the OSSAA 3A state basketball tournament on Thursday evening at Southern Nazarene University.
Kingston led by as many as sixteen points in the game, but the Indians proved too much late for the young Redskins. The game also included thirteen lead changes.
Jacob Germany won the tip for the Redskins. Though Kingston failed to score on its first two possessions, the Redskins performed impressively in the first quarter. Behind six total three-pointers, Kingston looked like a well-oiled shooting machine. Conner Brister hit a 3-pointer to give the Redskins momentum early. Following that shot, Jacob Whipkey pump-faked his defender to create separation and knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Whipkey and Brister would finish the first quarter with five combined 3-pointers.
“We prepared just like we do for all of our games. The guys did a good job of preparing and being ready to play right as the game started. We played hard and well early,” coach Taylor Wiebener said. The Redskins would win the first quarter 21-6.
Ryan Capps found Germany in the short corner early in the second quarter for a two-foot score. Sequoyah received a technical foul thirty seconds later after an altercation between a Sequoyah player and Whipkey under the Indians’ goal. Following the technical, the Indians scored 11 unanswered points.
The run ended with a 15-foot score as the half expired, and the Indians found themselves within one point of the Redskins, 31-30.
“I just think we turned the ball over a lot, especially in the second quarter. A lot of credit to them, they’re a good team.They forced a lot of those turnovers,” Wiebener said.
Sequoyah knocked down a three-pointer to start the second half, while regaining the lead for the first time since the first minute of the game. Whipkey dueled with the Sequoyah shooting attack, hitting two third quarter 3-pointers to keep his team in the game.
With two minutes remaining in the third, RJ Weeks hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet to give the Redskins a 39-35 advantage over Sequoyah.After a Germany score, the end-of-third-quarter score was 41-40, Kingston.
Sequoyah hit a 3-pointer to start out the fourth quarter and regain the lead for the Indians.
Stoney Lowe finished an acrobatic shot from five feet for the Redskins while being fouled. After hitting the and-one free throw, Kingston led 44-43. After a Sequoyah score, Weeks hit another triple from deep, from a Lowe assist, to give the Redskins the 47-45 lead.
Back-to-back two-point field goals for Sequoyah gave the Indians a 49-47 lead.
With two minutes remaining in the game, the Indians had extended their lead to seven.
Germany hit back-to-back shots for the Redskins to bring his team back into contention. Brister stole the Indians’ inbound pass under their own goal to score, bringing the score to 58-56. Sequoyah made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining, and the Redskins could not recover. The evening ended on a Ryan Capps 3-pointer as the Indians finished a 60-59 victory over Kingston, ending the Redskins’ season in narrow fashion.
“I love him to death.I’m going to miss him like crazy.He’s my boy,” Wiebener said about Capps, the Redskins’ lone senior. Capps has committed to play golf at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and says that his focus is now on golf season.
Capps also said that his basketball career at Kingston has taught him that he can “overcome anything.”Box score KHS 21 9 11 18 – 59
SeqTah 6 22 12 20 – 60 Kingston: RJ Weeks 14, Jacob Whipkey 14, Jacob Germany 11, Conner Brister 11, Ryan Capps 6, Stoney Lowe 3
Sequoyah (Tahlequah): Daugherty 21, Eagle 14, Cade 9, Smith 4, Herrin 2, Herrera 1 3-pointers
Kingston: 11 (Whipkey 4, Brister 3, Capps 2, Weeks 2)
Sequoyah: 5 (Daugherty 4, Eagle) Free throws Kingston: 8-9 Sequoyah: 15-18