Sequoyah boys basketball started and finished strong Friday afternoon.
The Eagles outscored Porter 19-2 in the first quarter, and after losing the middle quarters, they sealed their trip to the Regent Prep Invitational championship game with a 23-5 fourth on the way to a 64-33 semifinal victory.
Much like in the first round against Barnsdall, Cooper Thompson and Braxton Bulman put on a show early. The duo combined for 17 of Sequoyah’s 19 first-quarter points, including five 3-pointers.
They managed only 10 points collectively the remainder of the game, but the early spark was enough to carry the Eagles to the win. Thompson finished with 17 points, and Bulman added 10.
Kaleb Bickel served as the closing act, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the second half.
Mason Plunk and Kejuan Reynolds led Porter with eight points apiece.
Sequoyah plays host Regent Prep at 8 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. The Rams, ranked 14th in Class A, bested Sperry 52-25 in the other semifinal.
The Lady Eagles played Porter as well in the semifinals, falling 44-30.