Millers to face Sapulpa Friday

Carson Lambakis dives for a loose ball in a game against Mustang. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
The road to the state basketball tournament will be a long one for Yukon. Literally.
The Millers will have to make a trek to the east for both the regional and area tournaments before returning to Tulsa for a third weekend of the team can reach the state tournament.
YHS begins that trek on Friday, traveling to Booker T. Washington High School to face Sapulpa in the opening round. The game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
The Millers, 13-10, will take a three game win streak into opening round against a Sapulpa team that is 9-14, but better than their record indicates.
The Millers will be looking to get past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the past six years.
YHS finished the regular season with a 62-58 overtime win over Mustang. Sapulpa comes in with a four-game losing skid and the winner of only one game in their last six outings.
YHS head coach Kevin Ritter said that the Chieftains will be a tough challenge for the Millers.
“Sapulpa is a better team than their record shows, we will have to come in ready to play,” Ritter said. “Sapulpa will bring a lot of pressure and we will have to get enough stops and then finish plays against them.
“We are getting closer to where we want to be going into the playoffs,” he said. “We have to be better on defense. If you want to do anything in the playoffs, it has to be on defense. We have guys that can score, if we get the right kind of shots we can hit them.”