Cowboy Signees Star Over Christmas Holiday

A trio of Oklahoma State basketball signees were instrumental in leading their respective teams to Christmas holiday tournament championships. James Anderson of Junction City, Ark., Nick Sidorakis of Jenks (Okla.) High School and Martavius Adams of Wilkinson County (Irwinton, Ga.) High helped their teams win tourney titles.

Sidorakis, the 6-5 senior from Jenks, became just the second player in the 42-year history of the prestigious Schoolboy Tournament of Champions to earn two consecutive Most Valuable Player awards. The Jenks standout helped lead the Trojans to their second Tournament of Champions title in as many years with his 15-point performance against Midwest City on Saturday night in Tulsa.

Sidorakis scored 49 points in three games (an average of just 16.3 per game) but he proved he was more than just a scorer in the tournament. His play helped the Trojans win three games in three days (defeating Stringtown 78-54 in the first round, Tahlequah Sequoyah 60-55 in the semifinals, and Midwest City in the title game) to capture the T of C crown.

He scored 15 points against Tahlequah Sequoyah in the semifinals but made several big plays down the stretch. Sidorakis had two key assists, including a pass that set up the winning back in the final minute, to break open a tie game. Against Midwest City in the championship game, he scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter – including five free throws in the final minute – to help the Trojans become the first team since Tulsa Washington in 1981-82 to win back-to-back Tournament of Champion titles.

Jenks is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 6A in Oklahoma.

Anderson was just as impressive in leading the Junction City Dragons to the title of The Battle at the Brier Tournament in Greenbrier, Ark. The 6-6 senior came close to recording a triple-double in leading Junction City to a 72-54 win over Conway St. Joseph in the championship game. He finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and three assists.

In three games, Anderson averaged 32 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists for the Dragons. He opened the tournament with a 37-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist, 6-steal performance in leading Junction City to an easy 74-48 victory over England. The next night in a 53-49 semifinal victory over Vilonia, Anderson finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.

Junction City is now 9-2 and is scheduled to return to action Friday night against Strong High School.

Adams, the 6-9 post player from Georgia, has been impressive throughout the first half of the season, Wilkinson County head coach Aaron Geter said Wednesday night. "He's been playing great, and he's getting better every game," Geter said. "He's playing physical like you want a big guy to play."

Adams led Wilkinson County to back-to-back victories in earning all-tournament recognition in the Holiday Tip-Off Classic last week. He scored 24 points in a 95-70 victory over West Laurens and added 25 more in the next night's 86-48 championship game victory over Macon Northeast. On Tuesday night, with the No. 1-ranked Class A team in Georgia returning to regular season action, Adams continued his outstanding play with a 28-point performance in a 103-56 victory over Dublin.

Geter said that Adams has been selected to the all-tournament team in both tourneys that the Warriors have played this season, and also was named the player of the game in the Mac-Town Shootout played in mid-December. Adams most impressive performance may have come early in the season when Wilkinson County traveled to Peoria, Ill., to play in the prestigious Tournament of Champions. The OSU signee had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a 69-61 victory over Towson (Md.) Catholic, and then helped the Warriors defeat nationally ranked Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell by the score of 93-83 to earn all-tournament honors.

Ibrahima Thomas, the fourth Cowboy signee in November, and his Stoneridge Prep teammates did not participate in a holiday tournament. Stoneridge Prep returns to action at the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Jan. 14-15.

Pawnee High School junior Keiton Page, who has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State and is expected to sign with the Cowboys in November, also participated in the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa. The Black Bears were 1-2 in the tourney with the 5-10 Page averaging 24.6 points (second best in the event), 7.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.3 rebounds. He shot 48.8 percent from the field (22 of 45), including 38.9 percent from behind the three-point line (7 of 18). He made 23 of 27 free throws for 85.2 percent.

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