PRESTON — Tevin Talton and Jon Paul Yeager accounted for 65 percent of Preston’s scoring during a 75-45 victory over Afton in the Class 2A Area III regional final here Saturday night.
Talton, a 6-2 sophomore, had a game high 25 points —including 18 in the second half — while Yeager, a 6-3 senior chipped in with 24 — 21 of that coming on seven 3-point goals.
The loss scissored an eight-game winning streak for the Eagles, who need three wins to reach the state tournament.
They face No. 4 Okarche Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Whitey Ford Fieldhouse in Bixby. Okarche was upset by Weleetka on Thursday but remained alive with a 78-49 win against Kiefer on Friday.
Preston led only 19-15 at the end of the first quarter, but used a run of nine straight points by Yeager — two on treys and one on a conventional 3-point play — to open up an 13-point lead.
Afton whittled the deficit back to nine on a short jumper and two free throws by Ryan Markes.
The Pirates carried a 10-point lead into the half 35-25), then they took charge with a 23-11 margin in the third quarter.
Talton got Porter’s first 10 points of the final stanza, pushing the lead to 25. His spree came as part of a 10-2 run over the final four minutes of play.
Seniors Magnum Mustain and Shawn Free had 16 points each for the Eagles. Ryan Markes was limited to eight points.
Afton 15 10 11 9 — 45
Preston 19 16 23 17 — 75
Afton — Mustain 16, Free 16, Markes 8, Korb 4, Jones 3.
Preston — Talton 25, Yeager 24, Huffman 8, Motte 7, Wynn 4, Watkins 4, Reagor 2, Love 1.