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The Ada High boys basketball team scored the first 17 points of the game and powered past Ponca City 50-29 in the first round of the East Central Oklahoma Classic Thursday night at the Cougar Activity Center.
Ada, ranked No. 19 in Class 4A, improved to 5-3 with the win, while Ponca City dropped to 1-7.
Thing got a little tougher for Ada in a Friday night semifinal matchup with Sapulpa. The Chieftains are ranked No. 10 in Class 6A. The results of that contest were not available at press time.
Ada freshman Jaxson Robinson went 3-for-3 from beyond the 3-point line during Ada’s big game-starting volley to score all nine of his points for the game.
Anthony Gazaway scored five points early in the second quarter to get the Wildcats on the board.
The Cougars finished the second period on an 11-3 surge and had built a 28-8 lead by halftime.
Ada kept up its domination and used a 13-0 volley to end the third quarter and carry a 45-14 lead into the fourth stanza.
Cougar playmaker Kobe Burgess did a little bit of everything for Ada. He finished with eight points, nine steals, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. He baffled everyone in attendance when he got loose all by himself on a fast break and attempted a two-handed dunk. The ball went nearly completely down into the cylinder but somehow came back up and out before falling through the net. The referee who waved the basket off admitted he had never seen anything like the missed shot during his career.
Cody Smith topped the Ada scoring charts with 14 points. Kylen Cooper and Tanner Gilliam both added six points each. Gilliam also corralled eight rebounds.
There was also a quarterback sighting on the court. The game marked the first appearance of senior Jackson McFarlane, who quarterbacked the Ada High football team to a runner-up finish in Class 4A this fall.
Gazaway led Ponca City with 14 points.