Following is a roundup of last week’s area boys basketball games.
Boys: Copan 72, Barnsdall 62
The hard-playing Copan Hornets salvaged some success at the Caney Valley Invitational by outlasting Barnsdall to win the seventh-place game.
Tyrek Millien poured in 29 points and operated the offense like a focused tsunami.
Chandler Bauman added 19 points, followed by Correll Record with 10.
Bodie Clark and James Johnson tallied 21 and 10, respectively, for Barnsdall.
“Barnsdall played hard,” Copan head coach Kevin Foreman said. “It was a close game really, closer than the final score.”
Copan outscored Barnsdall in an explosive fourth quarter, 25-24.
Copan surged to a comfortable lead at the start and Barnsdall fought back, Foreman said.
“This was a good game to watch,” he added.
Rounding out Copan’s scorers were Zack Sharp, six; Levi Vanschuyver, five; Franco Sharp, two; and Karson Woodworth, one.
Sharp scored his points during the bombastic final period to help keep Copan in control.
Copan (6-7) will play three games toward the the end of this week, including Homecoming on Saturday.
Boys: Wesleyan Christian 70, Shidler 48
Three double-digit scorers fueled the WCS Mustangs on Friday to their area-leading 12th victory.
Kade Kelley dialed in 15 points, followed by Tyrel Cloud with 12 and Landon Norris with 10.
WCS (12-2) took control in the first half, bulging out to a 19-point lead at halftime.
“They were a very scrappy, capable team,” first-year WCS head coach Steven Cooks said. “We had to make sure we continued to play hard. … We played hard, played physical and played aggressive.”
Rounding out WCS’ scoring sheet were: Cooper Burnett, eight; Cooper Holley, six; Kael Siemers, five; Trey White, five; Josh Gujjarlapudi, five; Logan Scott, three; and Caleb Vanwinkle one.
The day before, WCS had thumped Bluejacket, 71-34.
WCS eyes a rugged week of opportunity with three games at home.
South Coffeyville visits on Tuesday and Prue provides the opposition on Thursday.
Friday’s schedule will be a colorful one for the Mustangs, as a combination of both Senior Night/Homecoming.
Senior Night likely will be held at 6 p.m.
The schedule will then be swapped with with the boys playing first, at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Homecoming ceremony will be next, followed by the girls’ game at approximately 8:15 p.m.
The WCS vs. Copan boys’ game could evolve into a fierce battle.
Copan is one of only two teams to beat WCS this season and no doubt both teams will be a full-intensity in this one.
Boys: Dewey 41, Caney (Kan.) 31
For the first time this season the Dewey Bulldoggers (8-7) earned a spot in a tournament final.
And, it couldn’t have felt more satisfying for veteran head coach Lance Knight as he watched his boys outscrap a very gritting Caney (Kan.) Bullpup team in the semifinals of the Caney Valley Invitational.
“We’ve kind of prided ourselves on defense,” Knight noted. “We’ve been doing it all year, not scoring a whole lot of points but playing good defense on some well-coached teams.”
Jake LaSpisa buried 10 points to lead the Doggers’ scoring sheet, followed by Bryson Hudson with nine and Jace Williams with eight.
“We were able to score enough points,” said Knight. “Our defense kept us in it. Late in the game we took care of the ball and hit free throws. We want to find ways to win, we don’t want to find ways to lose. I’m really happy for them.”
Both teams scored just 14 points during a low-voltage first half.
Anthony Rogers and Jack Billingsley scored the Pups’ final two buckets of the half.
Dewey punched ahead in the third quarter, 17-16, on LaSpisa’s trey.
Later in the quarter, Williams drilled two free throws to push Dewey to a four-point lead, 24-20.
They would never give up the lead, going up by six points, 33-27, on Hudson’s three-pointer.
Dewey buried 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch.
Boys: Riverfield 62, Dewey 61
Dewey ended its inaugural foray into the Caney Valley Invitational by finishing up just a field goal short of winning the championship.
“It was back and forth,” Dewey head coach Lance Knight said. “The crowd was into it. The kids were into it. It was a lot of fun. We had an opportunity at the end. We had a rebound and almost a tip-in type. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t.”
Riverfield ripped out to a 14-0 lead but Dewey bounced back to lead at halftime.
For the game, Colby Miller scored 21 for Dewey, followed by 18 for Jake LaSpisa, seven by Jacob Mouser, six by Jeremiah Highsmith, four by Jace Williams, three by Bryson Hudson and Hunter Perrier, one.
Dewey finished 2-1 in the tourney and improved to 8-8 overall. Dewey already has surpassed its win total for the past two seasons combined (4-19, 2-14) and has its most wins since recording 17 in 2017-18.
The Doggers will play host Tuesday to Oklahoma Union and hit the road Friday for Sperry.
Boys: Oklahoma Union 49, Alva 34
The Oklahoma Union Cougars rode the good ship Unstoppable to the Pawhuska Tourney championship.
After beating the Pawhuska jayvee, 63-20, in the opening round, Oklahoma Union leap-frogged over two Top 10 teams to the title.
The Cougars outlasted Morrison (No. 3, Class 2A), 65-60, exterminated the hopes of the Gold Bus of Alva (No. 2, Class 3A), 49-34.
Oklahoma Union — which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A and is the defending state champion — improved to 13-3 overall, the first team in the E-E coverage area to reach 13 wins.
Jace Hollingshed skinned the nets for 22 points to spearhead the Cougar attack against Alva., followed by Tristan Davis with 12 and Jaiden Kennard with 10.
But, the most valuable unsung hero was Baylor Nash, who scored just three points.
For more the game,, Nash hound dogged Alva’s top scorer, who finished with just three points.
“Baylor’s impact on the game was massive, much more than him having three points,” Oklahoma Union head coach Lee Ott said. “His explosiveness and his athleticism were crucial. He was more physical and aggressive and got some major key rebounds.”
Rounding out Caney Valley’s scorers was Bryce Gillespie with two points.
Copan led through the first three quarters, 39-24.
In the fourth quarter, “we played ball control. We knew going into the fourth it was ours to lose.?
As a run-up to the tournament, Oklahoma Union had suffered a shocking 55-30 loss to Nowata.
But, Ott said that setback “might have woke us a up a little bit. … Nowata took it to us. … We had been doing just enough to get by. Last week we had a great group atmosphere.”
Boys: Caney Valley 67, Copan 36
Copan stayed within striking distance through the first half but Caney Valley continued to pull away in the third quarter.
“We didn’t raise our level of play,” Copan head coach Kevin Foreman said. “They did a good job on Correll and they did a good job on Tyrek.”
Tyrek Millien and Correll Record scored 13 and 10, respectively, for Copan.
Daniel Barham buried 25 points for Caney Valley, followed by Brayden Peckham with 13.
“Barham put in a blue collar day,” Foreman said.
Even though Caney Valley is a 2A program and Copan comes from the B level this game is still important to Copan to help raise its level of play, Foreman added.
Caney Valley 67, Copan 36
Caney Valley 11-20-18-18—67
Tyrek Millien 13, Correll Record 10, Chandler Bauman 7, Levi Vanschuyver 4, Wyatt Wright 2.
Daniel Barham 25, Brayden Peckham 13, Tate Longan 9, Ethan Nichols 9, Rocky Hester 7, Jackie Black 2, Morgan 2.
This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: BOYS HOOPS: Busy weekend in tourney action