Basketball season has hit the ground running, with impressive performances from all over the state. Possibly the most impressive performance came in the 918 last night, as Sapulpa opened their season with a victory. Any season opening victory is sweet, but one on the road is even sweeter. Especially if it’s at the house of the top ranked team in 6A, Booker T Washington.
After trading blows in the first quarter, Sapulpa pulled away and built a double digit lead in the second frame. While Booker T did monetarily cut it to one in the fourth quarter, the Chieftains never wavered and would hold on for the 80-70 win.
Senior Julian Smith played one of the better games of his career, as he blended scoring and assisting. The passionate senior’s energy was infectious to his teammates, as the Chieftains brought the intensity all 32 minutes. While Smith and his fellow senior Cam Dennis often draw acclaim for Sapulpa, it was a complete team effort. Especially from junior Hunter Hoggatt, and a host of other beyond the arc sharpshooters.
It was a disappointing night for Booker T, as junior Trey Phipps struggled with shooting, and foul trouble hampered junior Jalen Breath. But Bryce Thompson carried the load for Booker, as the junior showed off improved athleticism. Further cementing his status as a high major prospect.