By Wesley Coburn
The Okmulgee Bulldogs, playing in their home of Brock Memorial Gym, won the 15th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Tournament with a win over Beggs. This is the fourth times the Bulldogs have won the tournament, and the second year in a row.
The tournament started for the top-seeded Bulldogs going against the Schulter Bulldogs in the final game of the first round on Tuesday night. After the first quarter Okmulgee led 26-3 and 66-14 at halftime. The final score was Okmulgee 118-41, which set a new record for most points scored by one team in a game.
Every Okmulgee player scored; they were led by Armando Rodriguez with 18 points, Melic Jefferson scored 15 points, Louis Camacho and Jordan Lewis each added 10 points. For Schulter, they were led by Austin Pena’s 17 points, while Trenton Twist scored eight points with Caleb Caldwell adding seven.
The final score of Thursday’s semifinal game against Dewar was 83-70, but the Bulldogs dominated the Dragons at every step; the first quarter ended with OHS up 21-8, and at halftime it was 43-24.
Anfernee Nelson led the Bulldogs with 32 points, while Devion Nelson scored 16 points and Jacob Barrett added 14. For Dewar, Dustin Blood scored 21 points, Brock Hicks scored 11 points and Joey Fowler added 10.
In Saturday night’s championship game, Okmulgee jumped to an 11-2 lead on Beggs before leading the Demons 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. Things tightened up in the second quarter; Okmulgee led 32-29 at halftime. Okmulgee broke out in the third, ahead 51-38 with eight minutes to play, and they rode out the final quarter en route to a 72-62 victory.
Devion Nelson led all Okmulgee scorers with 30 points, Keishawn Gardner scored 16 points and Anfernee Nelson added 14. For Beggs, Jayden Grayson scored 23 points, E.J. Smoot scored 12 points and Chandler Stanton added eight.
Okmulgee will get back into regulars-season action on Friday, January 26, at home against Wewoka, the girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys immediately following.