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Tournament of Champions pairings feature Webster-Kingfisher boys showdown
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Tournament of Champions pairings feature Webster-Kingfisher boys showdown

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All World Player of the Year finalist and first team: Anthony Pritchard,  Webster, Jr.

Webster, led by Anthony Pritchard, the 2019-20 Green Country Conference MVP, will make its first appearance in the Tournament of Champions. 

Webster and Kingfisher will finally get a chance to meet in the 56th Tournament of Champions.

Pairings for the state’s annual high school basketball showcase, scheduled for Dec. 28-30 at the BOK Center, were announced Thursday.

The marquee opening-round matchup will feature Kingfisher against Webster. Those teams were on course to meet in the Class 4A semifinals in March, but the tournament was canceled a few hours before tipoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kingfisher won the 4A state title in 2017 and ‘19 and was ranked No. 1 going into the ‘20 state tournament. For Webster, it will be the school’s first appearance in the TofC. Webster’s Anthony Pritchard is a Tennessee Tech signee who is on pace to finish his career among Tulsa Public Schools’ all-time scoring leaders.

There will be eight games each day, starting at 9 a.m. with a girls game, and alternating with the boys bracket, with the final boys game scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Ticket information will be announced later. The tournament is at the BOK Center after spending the past nine years at the Mabee Center.

“We are excited to be in the 56th year of this tournament,” TPS athletic director Gil Cloud said. “We are hopeful we can improve the level of health across the state so we can have this great tournament and don’t lose any teams.”

Three-time defending 5A boys champion Memorial will meet 3A No. 2 Beggs in a quarterfinal game at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Memorial and Kingfisher are ranked No. 1 in their respective classes, and Webster is No. 3. Also in the boys field are 6A No. 4 Jenks, 6A No. 7 Putnam North, 2A No. 4 Minco and Class A No. 2 Garber, which won a state title in March. On Tuesday, Jenks defeated Webster 76-70 in the season opener for both teams. Jenks and Memorial would meet in the semifinals if both win their TofC openers.

Class 6A No. 1 Norman, the 2019 state champion, is the favorite in the girls field that also includes 6A No. 3 Booker T. Washington, 5A No. 2 Tahlequah, 5A No. 3 Sapulpa, 4A No. 2 Classen SAS, 4A No. 6 Grove, 4A No. 7 Verdigris and 3A No. 1 Jones. The 7 p.m. game in the quarterfinals is Jones against Booker T. Washington. Norman and Sapulpa would meet in the semifinals if both win their quarterfinal games.

The finals are on Dec. 30 with the girls title game at 7 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:30.

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