ATOKA — Roff boys coach Darrick Farriell was less than thrilled with his team’s performance against Rock Creek Thursday night in a Class A Regional Tournament winner’s bracket at Atoka’s Kelley Field House.

But don’t get him wrong. He was still thrilled after the Tigers defeated the Mustangs 68-54 to advance into Saturday night’s championship game opposite once-beaten Achille.

“We didn’t play very good tonight. We had a lot of breakdowns on defense we normally don’t have and we took some poor shots. This time of the year there are a lot of upsets ... luckily we weren’t one of those tonight,” the first-year RHS coach said. “Like I told them after the game, when you play as bad as we did and you still win you know you’re doing something right. They just sucked it up and managed to find a way to win like they have all year. These kids are just winners, and they’re not going to quit.”

Roff, ranked No. 8 in the final Class A CoachesAid poll, improved to 24-1 while Rock Creek fell into the loser’s bracket at 19-7. The Tigers will face No. 10 Achille Saturday night at 8 p.m. back in Atoka for the regional crown.

In a girls’ winner’s bracket game, the Roff Lady Tigers looked like — at one point — they would roll to an easy victory over Rattan. But the Lady Rams used a 3-point barrage to rally from a double-digit deficit and the Lady Tigers couldn’t overcome a plethora of second-half turnovers in a 53-43 loss.

Roff (12-14) will try to keep its playoff run alive with a 1:30 p.m. elimination game against Achille today, back in Atoka. Meanwhile, the Lady Rams (13-13) will battle Crowder for the regional title Saturday night.

BOYS

Roff 68, Rock Creek 54

The Tigers didn’t get much breathing room until exchange student Xavier Sedo sparked Roff with an offensive outburst off the bench. He scored eight of his 10 points in a 13-3 RHS run — capped by a strong drive to the basket — that boosted the Roff advantage to 57-38 with 5:15 to play.

“Xavier came in and did a great job on offense tonight,” Farriell said.

The Mustangs made one final surge themselves, using a 13-2 volley to get within 59-51 with 2:26 left, but the Tigers sealed it by hitting 9-of-12 free throws.

The Tigers started the game on a 21-11 roll, capped by Dearth Parker’s steal and layup at the 6:01 mark of the second quarter. But again Rock Creek rallied, whittling the RHS lead to 28-22 at the break.

Rock Creek got within 32-28 on a jumper by Brandon Armstrong with 5:11 left in the third quarter, but Parker scored five straight points and C.J. Stewart added a pair of free throws to give the locals back their double-digit lead.

Roff finished with a sizable 39-21 rebounding edge despite matching up shorter than the Rock Creek players at nearly every position. Parker, Stewart and Patrick Blevins all had seven rebounds apiece.

Parker led the RHS offense with 21 points while Stewart added 17. Atlee Kile followed with 13 — 11 in the first half alone.

Matt Cartwright scored 16 points and grabbed six boards before fouling out. Chris Roberts added 10 off the bench for the Mustangs.

Roff went 21-of-27 from the charity stripe compared to a 6-of-10 showing for Rock Creek.

GIRLS

Rattan 53, Roff 43

Both teams were cold to start the contest, going a combined 5-of-25 in the opening period. But Roff heated up in the second, hitting six of their first seven field goals in the period and grabbing a convincing 24-12 lead after Jessica Bacon hit two free throws at the 3:15 mark.

Rattan wasn’t fazed.

Tiffany Clay hit back to back 3-pointers and teammates Amanda Corgill and Tiffani Bohanan followed suit as the Lady Rams used the four straight triples to erase their 12-point deficit and tie the game at 24-24.

Rattan’s big surge happened in just a 1:11 span.

“We were aware that they could shoot the ball that well and that was a huge momentum change for them,” said Roff coach Scott Morgan.

The game was still tied at halftime, but Roff committed nine of its 25 turnovers in the third quarter and Rattan carried a 40-34 lead into the final eight minutes.

“Turnovers just killed us,” Morgan said.

Bacon hit a 3-pointer of her own (Roff’s only one of the game in 10 attempts) to open up the fourth quarter, but the Lady Rams responded by scoring the next five points and led 45-37 with 2:16 to play.

Kayla Balthrop led the RHS offense with 12 points, while Bacon had a monster night for the Lady Tigers with 11 points and 13 rebounds. C.J. Horton also had a double-double for Roff with 10 points and 10 boards. Roff outrebounded Rattan 40-25.

Rattan’s balanced attack saw Tiffani Bohanan lead the way with 15 points while Tonya Taylor and Tiffany Clay added 14 points apiece. Taylor also had five steals, six rebounds and was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Rattan would end up outscoring Roff 25-15 in the second half.

“Offensively we were a little stagnant the whole second half,” Morgan said. “But we just have to forget about that one and come back and work hard tomorrow.”

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