Claremore Daily Progress


February 7, 2014

Soaring Cardinals swarm Claremore Sequoyah

Verdigris' Jones scores game-high 30 points

VERDIGRIS — Verdigris senior power forward Caleb Jones tallied a game-high 30 points to lead the Class 3A No. 4 Cardinals past Claremore Sequoyah, 76-55 Tuesday afternoon in Will Rogers Conference play at the Jack Collins Fieldhouse.

Jones had 18 of his season-high 30 in the second half as the Cardinals pulled away from a 35-31 halftime lead.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 15-3 on the season.

Early on, George Longhorn helped keep Sequoyah on the heels of the Cardinals with timely baskets off the precise passing from junior point guard Blake Mills and swingman Skylar Dennis.

Longhorn tallied 12 points in the first half for Sequoyah, and seven of those in the opening quarter as the Eagles trailed the Cardinals, 19-12.

A short-range jumper by Longhorn narrowed the Cardinals lead to 11-10 with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Sequoyah freshman guard Johnny Pryor — two possessions later — trimmed the deficit to 13-12 with a steal and a layup.

Verdigris, though, capped the first quarter with a 6-0 run that was benefitted from Cade Upshaw’s transitional layup and Ryan Skalnik’s layup.

In the second quarter, the Cardinals fed Jones in the paint early and ran their lead to 27-18 with 5:23 remaining.

Grant Akin’s hard-earned basket helped Sequoyah cut the deficit to 27-20.

Longhorn once again buried a jumper with 3:13 remaining to make it 27-23.

Down the stretch, though, Jones was hard to stop as he tallied 10 points in the second quarter and the Cardinals led 35-31 at halftime.

Sequoyah stayed close in the early stages of the third quarter as Pryor’s layup narrowed the deficit to 35-33.

But once again, the overpowering presence of Jones in the paint helped the Cardinals increase their lead to 45-33 with 4:05 remaining.

Mills capped the Cardinals’ scoring spree with a layup and free throw at the 2:36 mark to cut the margin to 45-36. A three-pointer by Daniel Devore with 0:56 left made it 50-40.

Along with Jones, Upshaw tallied 18 points and Laef Payne had 10 for the Cardinals.

Peacock also contributed with six points, while Tyler Monroe and Skalnik added five each.

Longhorn led Sequoyah’s offense with 17 points while Mills had 16 and Daniel Devore finished with nine. Akin also had seven.


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