By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Carl Albert boys defended their title at the Bartlesville ConocoPhillips Arvest Invitational last week.
The Titans beat Broken Arrow 53-47 Saturday night in the boys finals.
“That was a really good win for us, and we needed a game like that,” said coach Jay Price. “It was a kind of close one and we had to work on our strategy.”
Broken Arrow led by a point at the end of the third quarter. Carl Albert outscored the Tigers 18-11 in the fourth for the win.
Brandon Rogers hit three 3-pointers and Jayden Hopkins scored seven of his 15 points in the final quarter.
Rogers finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Jayden Mott also scored 15 in the win.
Jayden Hopkins was named the tournament’s MVP and brother Quincy Hopkins earned all-tournament honors.
Carl Albert trailed 14-11 at the end of the first. They bounced back in the second to pull even at halftime. Mott scored six points and Rogers and Marcus James each scored off the bench.
“We got down in the second and some guys off the bench made some big plays to even it up at halftime,” Price said. “Broken Arrow was focused on taking Quincy Hopkins out of the game we brought some other guys in that did a great job.”
The Titans advanced to the finals with wins over Ponca City and Southmoore.
On Thursday, Carl Albert topped Ponca City 67-55. Quincy Hopkins was the leading scorer with 20 points and Ryan Reynolds finished with 12.
In the semifinals, Carl Albert trounced Southmoore 77-43. Quincy Hopkins led the way with 19 points. Jayden Hopkins had 11 points, Steven Anderson scored 10 and Hutch Russell added nine.
Carl Albert has won four in a row after starting the season 3-3. They beat Del City in the third-place game at the Mustang Holiday Tournament and won all three in the Bartlesville tournament.
“I feel like we’ve gained a little momentum with the win over Del City and winning this tournament,” Price said. “We’re still trying to figure out some pieces.”
The Titans have two road games this week with trips to Shawnee and Western Heights.