FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS: Jenks fights off pesky Minco to snap three-game skid

FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS:  Jenks fights off pesky Minco to snap three-game skid

It can be difficult to break out of a slump and that is exactly what 6A 12th ranked Jenks ran into Tuesday afternoon to close out the Festival of Champions at Frank Herald Fieldhouse.

The Trojans (3-3) held on to beat 2A sixth-ranked Minco (3-3) 72-61 to end a three-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs didn’t make it easy for Jenks. Minco led 19-15 after one quarter. Jenks led 37-31 at the half and the game as tied at 46 going into the fourth quarter.

The Trojans (3-3) knocked down two three pointers and 24 free throws. A total of 13 players saw action in Tuesday’s game with nine scoring and two in double-figures.

Junior Ben Averitt was the leading scorer with 21. Fellow junior Chase Martin had 18 points. Sophomore Dylan Golightly added nine. Junior Cain Smith had seven points. Sophomore Gron Tata finished with five points. Junior Noah Borchers had three points. Colton Coffey totaled two points and Carter Mundy had two points.

Martin, Golightly, Kittleman, Averitt and Tate were the starting five.

Trojans’ upset bid of Putnam City North comes up short

No. 12 Jenks nearly pulled off the upset Monday of No. 2 ranked Putnam City North in the first day of the Festival of Champions at Frank Herald Fieldhouse.

The Trojans and the Panthers were neck-and-neck throughout the entire game with Putnam North leading 15-14 after one quarter, Jenks leading 29-27 at halftime, the Panthers leading 45-43 after three quarters.

Both teams missed free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation and the fourth quarter ended in a 60-60 tie.

P.C. North outscored the Trojans 11-5 in overtime to secure the 71-65 win.

11 players got into the game for Jenks with seven scoring and three in double figures. The Trojans connected on three three-pointers and 25 free throws.

Jenks sophomore Dylan Golightly was the leading scorer with 18 points. Fellow sophomore Gron Tata had 16 points. Junior Ben Averitt had 13 points. Junior Chase Martin had nine points. Junior Seth Wilkins had four points. Stephen Kittleman had three points. Aidan Deken had two points.

Martin, Golightly, Kittleman, Averitt and Tate were the five starters for the Trojans.

Next up for Jenks is an 8 p.m. Jan. 5 home matchup with Muskogee.

Kyle Salomon

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