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Weather, football playoffs force changes in next week's basketball tournaments; EOSC Classic will resume Dec. 19-21

December 7, 2013

HOWE WEATHER, FOOTBALL AFFECTS BASKETBALL — Howe's Jentry Brown, front, drives in for a lay-up in front of Cave Springs players Shania Thirsty, left, and Shaina Flynn as teammate Morgan Hillebrand, back, watches during Tuesday's Gold Bracket game at the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic at the Wilburton High School Gym. Weather and the rescheduled high school football playoff games have created new schedules for next week's basketball tournaments. Photo by Holly Cooper

This week's wintry weather has not only affected the high school football playoffs, but actually both the weather and the weather-related rescheduled high school football playoffs have made next week's tournaments do some tweaking of their schedules.
The Green Valley Conference Tournament, which was slated to begin Monday at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse, will now begin Tuesday with the girls games due to weather conditions.
The four opening-round games on the girls side will be Arkoma and McCurtain playing at 4 p.m., folllowed by Wister and Bokoshe at 5:30 p.m., Howe and Keota at 7 p.m. and Panama and Cameron at 8:30 p.m.
The four opening-round boys games that were slated for Monday will now take place on Wednesday. Keota and McCurtain will play at 4 p.m., followed by Cameron and Panama at 5:30 p.m., Howe and Bokoshe at 7 p.m. and Arkoma and Wister at 8:30 p.m.
The two three-day tournaments that were slated to begin Thursday — the Choctaw Nation Tournament on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium in Talihina and the Wilburton Tournament for the Poteau Lady Pirates and the Spiro teams — will now begin on Wednesday due to the high school football playoffs being rescheduled for next weekend due to inclement weather.
At the CNT, girls games will have host Talihina and Antlers playing at 11 a.m., followed by Kiowa and Rattan at 1:40 p.m., Kingston and Broken Bow at 4:20 p.m. and Pocola and Sallisaw-Central at 7 p.m.
On the boys side, the host Golden Tigers will not play in the tournament due to being in the Class A state semifinals on Friday, so the Kiowa junior varsity will take their place. The match-ups will have Kiowa and Antlers playing at 12:20 p.m., followed by Kingston and Rattan at 3 p.m., the Kiowa JV and Broken Bow at 5:40 p.m. and Pocola and Sallisaw-Central at 8:20 p.m.
The Wilburton Tournament will run Wednesday through Friday because of high school football playoffs next weekend. The Pirates will not get to play in the Wilburton Tournament because they will be in the Class 4A state football title game next Saturday.
The schedule for the Wilburton Tournament has not been made available to the Poteau Daily News.
The Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic, which was canceled Thursday through today due to weather conditions, will finish up its final three days Dec. 19-21.
The Howe and Leflore teams will play their second-day Gold Bracket games on Dec. 19 that were iced out Thursday. On the girls side, the Lady Savages will meet Cave Springs at 4:30 p.m. in a consolation semifinal contest, while the Lady Lions will play Stuart at 7:10 p.m. in the championship semifinals. Both games will be at EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
On the boys side, the Lions will meet Cave Springs at 8:30 p.m. at the Wilburton High School Gym in one championship semifinal, while the Savages will meet Stuart at the same time at EOSC in the other semifinal.
In the Blue Bracket, the Arkoma teams will play in the title games at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at EOSC, while the Whitesboro teams will play for third place at 4:30 and 5:50 p.m. Dec. 20 at EOSC.

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