Mangum, Cyril see hoops teams shine
As families and friends come together to celebrate Christmas, some schools like Mangum get the holiday spirit started early on the hardwood as the community comes together for the Ray Hogan Invitational, which Mangum hosted this past Thursday and Friday.
The Tigers welcomed Cyril, Hollis and Olustee-Eldorado to the basketball festival, which is named after Ray Hogan, a former Hall of Fame coach at Mangum.
"It's a good time for the community to celebrate our history," Mangum girls coach Sam Hale said. "It lets them show the kids how much they support them.
"The community always supports the festival so well. Everyone volunteers to bring things in for the hospitality room; they buy t-shirts for all the teams that come to the event, and we try and get Mangum's name out there. It's a good experience for our kids."
As if all that wasn't enough, winning was icing on the cake. Both Mangum squads fared well in the event as the Lady Tigers (6-2) and ranked 12th in Class 2A took down Class A No. 12 Cyril, 44-35, before dominating Olustee-Eldorado, 56-18. The boys (4-4), meanwhile, split losing to one of Class A's best in Cyril, 56-46, before breezing by Olustee-Eldorado, 55-38.
Hale, a Cyril alum, enjoyed seeing his alma mater at the event this year and is eager to see what the Pirates can accomplish again this season. Canadian, from Texas, came to the festival last year as the invite has developed some quality name brand recognition.
Mangum, which made the 2A state tournament last year and went 22-8 before losing 37-27 to eventual state runner-up Dale in the quarterfinals, has gotten off to a hot start this year, with its two losses coming to Hooker and Hugoton (a large 4A school in Kansas) in the Hugoton Blue and Red Classic in Kansas earlier this month.