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February 28, 2014

H.S. Basketball: Grapeland, Oakwood move on to Regional Finals


The Grapeland Sandies and the Oakwood Panthers kept their momentums rolling as both teams came away from Friday's Regional Semifinals with victories.


Both teams, now heading to Regional Finals today, look to improve upon their already dominant performances and come out strong in the next round.


Grapeland was able to put a beat down on Tenaha, winning 83-49 in the 3 p.m. matchup. The Sandies started off the first quarter with a 17-9 lead heading into the second quarter. One of the Sandies' bright stars early in the game was Patrick Walker who scored 21 points in the first half.


“It's Patrick's fourth trip here,” Sandies' coach Owen Clifton said. “He's not going to be satisfied with just two wins. I thought he did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game and moving the ball. He was able to find the open man, too, not just score. In the second half when they were keying on him, our other boys stepped up and hit some key shots. Patrick's one of our outright leaders on the team, but we have a lot of role players who stepped up and played well tonight, too. I'm proud of all of them.”


Going into halftime, Grapeland had a 37-23 lead, and things were starting to look like the Sandies had the game under control. Coming out of halftime, the Sandies went on a 32-13 run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for Tenaha to try to come back into the game.


“We talked at halftime about the fact that Tenaha has been here two years in a row where they've come back from 21 points down in the fourth,” Clifton said. “They weren't going to give up easily, but we just came out and popped them in the mouth. We hit big shots and played great defense.

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