Fort Cobb downs Okay, 67-52, for third-straight title
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kellen Hines glided into an opening in the lane, drew two defenders and flicked a pass behind his back to a cutting Austin Robnett for an easy basket.
The lead grew to 21 points.
Somehow, Fort Cobb-Broxton always makes it look easy.
The No. 1 Mustangs pulled away for a 67-52 win Friday over No. 2 Okay in the Class A Boys State Championship at State Fair Arena, securing the school's third consecutive title.
Cameron Hines scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and the winningest small-school boys power in the past five years seemed to have no problems after leading 36-30 at halftime.
Since an early exit at the 2014 state tournament, Fort Cobb (26-4) has known nothing but success at the Big House specifically Hines.
"In the Big House, honestly, I've never shot bad I don't think (here)," Hines said. "I think it's just from being here so many times and wanting to play here so many times. You don't feel as much pressure or anything.
"The first half we were a little rushed. The second half, at halftime dad (coach Scott Hines) told us to just move around and get open shots, and I think that's how we stretched the lead so much."
For coach Hines, it was the final time to coach both boys in high school.
"It was important for us to go out on a high note," Cameron Hines said.
Kellen Hines added 17 points and six rebounds. Greyden Steinmetz put up 13 points on a night Fort Cobb shot 46.4 percent from the field and 47.4 percent (9 of 19) from 3-point range.
After a spirited first half from both teams who played a rematch of the 2016 finals Fort Cobb went on a 16-4 run to open the third quarter. Okay went on to make just just 7 of 24 shots in the second half.
"We got a few more stops than they did," coach Hines said. "Our team defense was good. We always preach to them about not leaving anybody out on an island. We're all about 'help, help, help.'
"Good teams help, great teams help the helper. Great teams, if there's an art to showing help and getting back to your guy, we showed that tonight. We had practiced it a lot."
When Steinmetz went to the bench with his fifth foul he was met with an emotional hug from coach Hines, who knows better than anyone what the small forward has meant to the program.
Steinmetz's brothers Gavan and Garrett both won titles at Fort Cobb. Five of Fort Cobb's six boys titles, all won by coach Hines, have included stars from the Hines or Steinmetz families.
"We expected it," Steinmetz said. "It's hard not to. This is what we've come to expect and what we've worked for."
It was the school's second straight in Class A and third consecutive, following its Class B championship in 2015.
Caleb Riggs led all scorers with 27 points for Okay on 9-of-18 shooting. He took over at times, but it was rarely enough to keep the deficit in single digits. Fort Cobb led by as many as 23.
Okay (29-3) reached the finals after an emotional victory Friday, when Riggs deflected the final inbounds pass and came up with the ball for a layup at the buzzer, stunning Pond Creek-Hunter in one of the wilder finishes State Fair Arena's seen.