By CRAIG HALL
CHECOTAH—Ada’s 6-foot-7 standout Cory Hilby scored 25 points and the Cougars corralled the 4A regional consolation championship Tuesday afternoon with a 53-40 win over Poteau.
The Cougars advance on to the 4A area tournament later in the week while Poteau is eliminated.
Ada only led 21-18 at the half before outscoring the Pirates 32-22 in the second half. In addition to Hilby’s big game, Jamal Henderson added 12 points.
Poteau, which had trouble getting any inside shots, was led by Sequoyah Sanders with 13 points while Ben Klutts added 12.
The Pirates return all their starters for next year and the only senior who saw much playing time was Mark Garner.
Class 4A regional tournament
Ada 53, Poteau 40
Poteau 11 7 11 11—40
Ada 12 9 16 16—53
Poteau—Sequoyah Sanders 13, Ben Klutts 12, Kanaan Hardaway 6, Mark Garner 4, Mason Grimm 3, Austin Skelton 2
Ada—Cory Hilby 25, Jamal Henderson 12, Jermgin Lawson 7, Vaughn Appleman 4, Hunter Frazier 3, Ben Pruitt 2,
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