Cyril boys cruise past Frontier into Class A semis
MUSTANG — Even off balanced, Jakobie Kaesemeyer’s cross-court side-armed transition pass had as much zip as a professional pitcher’s slider.
Kaesemeyer’s dime was on the money as he found a Cyril sharpshooter for a transition 3-pointer, which Ryan Hart swished on the opposite wing on the fastbreak during a 16-4 first quarter run.
Cyril scored 11 unanswered points in the first quarter, canned five 3-pointers in the first half and utilized its speed to cruise past second-seeded Frontier, 78-48 in the Class A state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Mustang High School.
“Just letting it fly,” said Hart with a smile after scoring 11 of his 12 points in the first half. “Jakobie is one of the best point guards around and he does a great job of creating shots for us and finding us when we’re open.”
The seventh-seeded Pirates (24-4) advance to today’s semifinals where they will meet third-seeded Okarche — which edged Kiowa 58-51 — at noon today at the Fairgrounds, the same place Cyril’s season ended a year ago in a nail-biting semifinal loss.
“It’s pretty cool being my senior year to go back and play in The Big House one more time,” said Cyril senior Cason McLemore, who led the Pirates with 24 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter, including a dagger he buried while curling off a screen on the wing seconds before halftime that gave Cyril a 44-29 lead. “I knew I had to hit that shot right then. It’s big for momentum because whoever scored the last point of the half was gonna come out in charge.”