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The Class B quarterfinals were completed at the Big House in Oklahoma City on Thursday. In this post, we take a look at some of the top standouts from Thursday’s games! Earlier today, we had a complete recap of each game and if you missed it, you can catch up RIGHT HERE. In case you missed any of the Class A action from Wednesday, you can catch up RIGHT HERE.
Dalton Belcher – 2024 Guard – Calumet
Coming into the state tournament, we knew that Calumet was arguably the deepest team in the field and the most balanced. They weren’t going to have one player go for 20-30 points unless it was an absolute shootout. And we didn’t see one on Thursday as they held off Sentinel 62-54. Leading the Chieftains in scoring was junior guard Dalton Belcher, who finished with a game-high 15 points in the win. Calumet truly does play ten guys and they come at you in waves and they used that to their advantage, outscoring Sentinel 20-10 in the second quarter. It’s going to be interesting to see how they do in Friday’s semifinal against Kinta, who’s a guard-heavy team.
Eli Willits – 2026 Guard – Fort Cobb-Broxton
In the closest game on Thursday that went down to the final seconds, it was a freshman that made a play that would send his team to the semifinals. Fort Cobb-Broxton avoided an upset in the first round when freshman guard Eli Willits would go coast to coast and score on a lay up with less than ten seconds remaining. Goodwell would get a shot up but it was no good. Willits, who is already an Oklahoma baseball commit as a freshman, ended up being the hero on Thursday. He wasn’t the only Fort Cobb standout on this breakdown, but you can make the argument that he was the most important standout from all of Thursday’s games.
Jace Hunter – 2023 Guard – Buffalo Valley
Buffalo Valley had their season come to an end on Thursday but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort from their senior star Jace Hunter. Another future college baseball player, Hunter went out swinging as he finished with 25 points on Thursday afternoon, the most points scored by anyone in the Class B quarterfinals. Hunter had a great start in the first half and then was excellent down the stretch as he was trying to will his team back into the game. But a slow third quarter is what put Kinta up and the Buffaloes were unable to climb out of the hole. Hunter had a complete game and was definitely one of the best players in attendance Thursday.
Jaken Weedn – 2023 Guard – Glencoe
Defending champion Glencoe moved on to the semifinal round with a 52-43 win over Roff in a rematch of last year’s state championship game. And just like in the title game a year ago, senior guard Jaken Weedn would provide the firepower to power the Panthers to a win over the Tigers. Weedn, who averages 26 points per game, would finish with a game-high 23 points and finished 5-11 from beyond the arc. He got off to a bit of a slow start from a shooting perspective early on as Roff jumped out to an early lead after one quarter. But from the second quarter on, Weedn was hitting shot after shot and also finishing at the basket, helping the champs move on.
– 2024 Guard – Fort Cobb-Broxton
While the freshman Eli Willits might have been been the hero for Fort Cobb-Broxton in their win on Thursday, junior guardwas once again the star. He led all scorers with 18 points and also grabbed eight rebounds in the win. Rogers was outstanding from start to finish and he has really improved from last year to this year. He looks like another example of a Fort Cobb-Broxton guard that has come up in the program and watched team after team contend for a championship and now it’s his turn. Rogers will attempt to help lead the Mustangs to another trip to Championship Saturday as they square off with defending champion Glencoe Friday.
– 2023 Forward – Roff
For the second straight year, Roff’s season ended on the Big House floor after a game with Glencoe. Last year, it was in the state championship game and this year it was on Thursday. Nevertheless, seniorcontinued to show why he’s one of the more underrated small-school talents in the state. Just like a few other guys on this breakdown, Bagwell might go to the next level to play baseball, but he’s an outstanding basketball player. Bagwell finished with a team-high 13 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. And the Tigers missed him in the third quarter when he picked up a fourth foul on a technical that helped Glencoe go on a run that would help them advance.
Terry Vealy – 2023 Guard – Kinta
Kinta senior guard Terry Vealy and fellow guard Trea Seabolt would help lead the Eagles to a big win over Buffalo Valley in what ended up being a very entertaining game. In a game that was relatively slow moving in the first half, things got going in a big way in the final two quarters. As mentioned earlier, Kinta did a great job in the third quarter, outscoring Buffalo Valley 16-9 to take a lead that they would never give up. Vealy would finish with a team-high 19 points and was incredibly efficient from the floor, shooting at a 70 percent clip overall. Seabolt also added 15 points for the Eagles but it was Vealy’s free throw shooting down the stretch that helped seal the win.