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Quinton powers to district title win

Feb. 10—These guys came ready to defend home court.

Quinton hosted Clayton Saturday in Class A district championship action, where the green machine powered its way to a 58-47 win.

Eli Blankenship put Quinton on the board first with three quick points, but the Bulldogs answered as both teams fought back and fourth. Three-point shots from Bret Bray and Johnie Needham powered the home team back out front.

But as they fought to the buzzer, Clayton earned a four-point play to end the quarter and tie up the game at 17-17.

In the second quarter, Mikey Perez sank a trey to give Quinton the lead once more. Clayton responded with a three of its own, but the green machine punched right back with another triple from Needham.

As the clock wound down to the half, Quinton earned back-to-back threes from Needham and Bo Wagnon to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.

Quinton stayed hot after the break, rattling off a 10-0 run to extend its lead to double digits. Clayton responded with a run of its own, but Quinton had the last say as it took a 44-33 lead into the final period.

Both teams traded scores to start the fourth quarter, but a triple from Needham on excellent ball movement from his teammates sent the crowd into a frenzy. Clayton struck right back with a three of its own, cutting the lead back down to nine points with four minutes to play.

That's when Perez struck one more, sinking a contested trey. He later added in a hard-earned driving score, extending the lead back out to double digits. That firmly tipped the scales Quinton's way, running away with the district tournament championship.

Blankenship led with way with 25 points, followed by Perez with 13 points, Needham with 12 points, Bray with five points, and Wagnon with three points.

Next up, Quinton will host its own regional tournament starting Thursday, with tipoff of its first game at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the complete district tournament brackets for local Class A-B boys teams:

CLASS A

AREA III

DISTRICT 2 AT WRIGHT CITY

FRIDAY

B1: Crowder 63, Cameron 54

SATURDAY

B2: Wright City 85, Crowder 36 (Both teams advance to regionals)

DISTRICT 4 AT RATTAN

FRIDAY

B1: Savanna 58, Arkoma 25

SATURDAY

B2: Rattan 72, Savanna 30 (Both teams advance to regionals)

AREA IV

DISTRICT 1 AT RED OAK

FRIDAY

B1: Gore 62, Canadian 46

SATURDAY

B2: Red Oak 75, Gore 28 (Both teams advance to regionals)

DISTRICT 5 AT PORUM

FRIDAY

B1: Porum 49, Indianola 26

SATURDAY

B2: Riverfield 66, Porum 37 (Both teams advance to regionals)

DISTRICT 6 AT QUINTON

FRIDAY

B1: Quinton 34, Dewar 31

SATURDAY

B2: Quinton 58, Clayton 47 (Both teams advance to regionals)

CLASS B

AREA II

DISTRICT 7 AT TUPELO

FRIDAY

B1: Stuart 61, Pittsburg 48

B2: Tupelo 68, Haileyville 37

SATURDAY

B3: Stuart 43, Tupelo 35 (Both teams advance to regionals)

DISTRICT 8 AT KIOWA

FRIDAY

B1: Ft. Towson 41, Achille 27

B2: Kiowa 64, Milburn 16

SATURDAY

B3: Kiowa 40, Ft. Towson 34 (Both teams advance to regionals)

This post will be updated following game finals being reported.