The Oklahoma Servants played well enough to be the last team standing in the NBA Bracket, but they didn’t start out as hot as they finished. The Servants opened up the Prep Hoops Oklahoma State Tournament with a loss in their first pool play game against the Oklahoma Wolfpack. The loss was all the Servants needed to wake up. In the Servants second pool play game they defeated the Tulsa Hawks by 12. The win was big enough to lift the Servants to top seed out of Pool A.
The Servants elevated their game to another level in bracket play behind the deadly combination of 2016 Point Guard KeJuan Frazier and 2017 Guard Callen Haydon. The two worked perfectly together throughout the weekend.
“I think we respect each others game on the court,” Frazier said. “I know I am comfortable with any choices he makes on the court. Also, we are really close outside of basketball.”
The Servants opened bracket play with a blowout victory over Team Oklahoma. The next game was anything, but easy for the Servants. Impact Athletics took the Servants down to the wire behind 2018 standouts Keyshawn Embery, Jalen Redmond, and Trey Hopkins. Frazier came up huge for the Servants hitting several clutch baskets.
With one second remaining 2017 Guard Callen Haydon sunk a free throw to send the Servants into the semifinals. The team awaiting the Servants in the Semifinals was a very familiar opponent, the Oklahoma Wolfpack.
“I have a lot of respect for the Wolfpack,” 2016 Guard Payton Moore said. “They are a talented team. We knew going into that game it was going to be a battle.”
The game was exactly that a battle. The Servants trailed the Wolfpack early with 2016 Point Guard Parker Jennings catching fire, but Frazier responded with 6 three-point baskets in the second half. Without a doubt the Servants semifinal game with the Wolfpack was the best game of the entire tournament. Moore was huge for the Servants playing lock down defense down the stretch. Regulation was not enough for the in-state grassroots rivalry.
2016 Forward Kade Hileman came up huge for the Servants on defense with a pair of great blocks. Hileman displayed great athleticism on the floor throughout the weekend making a difference in the paint.
One overtime was not enough for the Wolfpack and Servants. The second overtime opened with 2016 Shooting Guard Jonathan Richardson nailing a deep three from the right corner to pull the Servants ahead.
The Wolfpack responded quickly with a basket in the paint by Jennings. The Servants turned to their leader Frazier for a basket. With less than a minute remaining Frazier iced the game with his biggest basket of the tournament.
“My mindset for the whole day was to leave everything on the court,” Frazier said. “It was the last time I will wear that uniform. I wanted to be aggressive without forcing shots.”
With the 85-83 victory over the Oklahoma Wolfpack the Servants were set to face Next Level Elite in the finals. Next Level Elite featured a stout squad led by 2017 Center Cameron Martin, 2016 Shooting Guard Curtis Haywood, and 2016 Point Guard Micah Speight.
The championship game did not disappoint Sunday evening with both teams battling back and forth. Martin was a monster inside for Next Level Elite. Frazier continued his strong play in the championship game scoring the basketball at a high level.
With one minute remaining in the title tilt the Servants pulled away to take a five point advantage. Next Level Elite cut the Servants lead to three, but it was to late.
The Oklahoma Servants took home the inaugural Prep Hoops Oklahoma State Championship. Frazier led the way the entire tournament for the Servants, but he had help from a great cast of players. Oscar Anyabolu, Karl Madison, Tye Blaine, Trez Hankins, Bradon Combs all played instrumental roles in the Servants title run.
“It felt great to win the whole thing because a lot of people doubted us,” Madison said. “With us being the “Underdog” to come out with the championship gave us some bragging rights. It gives us confidence heading into school ball.”
The Servants program have came a long way since the beginning of the summer. The team has bonded on and off the court throughout this summer.
_”To win the Prep Hoops Oklahoma State Tournament it meant that all the hard work we have put in since March paid off,” Servants Coach Gerron Harding said. “We have had our ups and downs, but this team is resilient. The Servants organization takes pride in being the “different” AAU program. We stick to our standards and morals and try to help our kids become better men and not just basketball players. After all of the blood, sweat, tears, injuries, and uncertainties it was good to end the year on a high note with the Prep Hoops Oklahoma State Tournament Championship.”
The Servants were able to win the Prep Hoops Oklahoma State Tournament with team basketball. Frazier was named the Most Valuable Player for the NBA Bracket.