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Cayuga Gets Payback On Tenaha in 65-58 Win in Third-Place Game at Tenaha Holiday Hoops Tournament

Cayuga’s Preston Anderson goes up for a two-hand slam during the Wildcats’ 65-58 win over Tenaha in Saturday’s third-place game at the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament. (Ray Jackson,

TENAHA — Each of the past two seasons, Cayuga’s state tournament hopes have ended at the regional tournament thanks to Tenaha.

There’s still a ways to go in the 2012-13 season, but Cayuga can feel better after exorcising a few of those demons Saturday.

Cayuga’s boys team poses with the third-place trophy beating Tenaha 65-58 at Saturday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament. (Gabe Brooks,

The Wildcats one again got big performances from seniors Preston Anderson and Deon Shofner, who led Cayuga to a 65-58 victory over the Tigers in the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament’s third-place game at the Special Events Center.

For the second consecutive night, Anderson started slow, but heated up as the game went. He scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, hitting 5 of 6 second-half free-throw attempts and seven of his final 21 shots from the field after a 1-for-7 start. Shofner recorded his third triple-double in as many nights, tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks to give the 6-foot-7 post 43 points, 34 rebounds, and 14 blocks during the last three nights, which saw Cayuga go 2-1 with a semifinal loss to tournament runner-up White Oak.

Tenaha (2-2) hung around for the duration despite the Tigers playing in only their fourth game of the season. Tenaha is barely a week removed from a 42-14 Class A Division II football championship loss to Munday and hasn’t had a chance to practice yet.

Tenaha’s boys team receives the fourth-place trophy following a 65-58 loss to Cayuga in Saturday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops third-place contest. (Gabe Brooks,

Tenaha’s Jacobi Ivy had a big second half, particularly in the third quarter, when he scored 10 points and dished two assists to help the Tigers almost erase a 31-21 deficit and cut it to 42-41 with 30 seconds left in the period. Cayuga’s Jacob Frasch answered with a three-pointer for a 45-41 lead entering the fourth, and Tenaha couldn’t get closer than three points, 54-51, after Tyre Barnes’ three-pointer halfway through the fourth.

Ivy had 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Chavis Gregory added 15 points and seven rebounds. Tenaha all-tournament selection DeAaron Roland chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Chandler Rigdon was Cayuga’s third double-figure scorer with 12 points.

The teams played to a 12-12 tie entering the second quarter, when Anderson started heating up. He hit two three-pointers and flushed a two-handed dunk during the period to push the Wildcats ahead 29-21 at halftime.

Tenaha Holiday Hoops
Third-Place Game

1A D-I No. 7 Cayuga 65, Tenaha 58

Special Events Center, Tenaha

Cayuga — 12 17 16 20 — 65
Tenaha — 12 9 20 17 — 58

Cayuga (11-4) — Preston Anderson 29, Deon Shofner 15, Chandler Rigdon 12, D’Onte Jackson 6, Jacob Frasch 3.
Tenaha (2-2) — Jacobi Ivy 16, Chavis Gregory 15, DeAaron Roland 10, Cobe Caraway 6, J.R. Hill 3, Keontas Davis 2, Vincent Walton 2.

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