Osborne had other plans.
Behind 27 points from D’Haire Haney and 25 points from Kyire Hogan, the Cardinals posted an 84-69 victory over the Chiefs in the region semifinals.
Osborne will now face Sprayberry at 7:30 p.m for the region title, while Sequoyah will play Pope in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m.
Sequoyah entered the game with plan to slow the speed of the game and stuck with that into the third quarter, despite trailing 36-33 at halftime. However, after a 4-point play by Hogan put Osborne on top 50-38 with 3:36 left in the third, Sequoyah had to shift its plan.
As the Chiefs began to push the ball up the court and exercised less patience waiting for shots, Osborne only pulled away more. By the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals were up 60-45.
Sequoyah coach Jeremy Adams said his players missed some open shots and layups that hurt.
“We got in a spot where we had to speed the game up and against (Osborne) that just isn’t in our favor with the speed they have and the quickness,” Adams said. “Our kids competed. I’m proud of the way our kids did that. We picked a bad night to shoot it bad compared to what we usually did.”
Sequoyah would close to within 68-57, with 4:33 left in the game, but Hogan hit another 3-pointer to keep the game out of reach.
Osborne coach Emmett Rouse said he learned from his team’s previous meeting with Sequoyah.
“In that game we pushed the ball and got up on them and they could never recover,” Rouse said. “I know that (Adams) was going to readjust and it was going to be a tougher game. I just felt like if we kept running, they would run out of gas, so we just kept running. That is what we condition for. We run until we can’t run anymore. I know eventually it would catch up with them (Tuesday) and it did.”
Logan Taylor scored 15 points for Sequoyah, while Jordan Usher finished with 12. Also in double-digits was Christian Hillhouse with 14 and Dalton Satterfield with 12.
Adams said he hopes the game is a character check for his young team.
“The beauty is we are still playing while some other people are sitting at home,” Adams said. “Pope is in the same boat we are in, so it will be a good character check for both teams (today). Hopefully our kids will step up and our senior leaders will get them refocused.”
Rouse said he excited about the chance to compete for a region title. During the regular season the games between Sprayberry and Osborne were close, with the Yellow Jackets winning both. Still the coaches want another shot against each other.
“I told coach (Marc) Carver that I want to play him one more time and he told me that he wants to play me one more time,” Rouse said. “Now we are going to put two good minds together and go at it.”