Super 5 boys basketball: Kingfisher's Jared Reese named coach of the year
Jared Reese didn’t let the what ifs linger.
After getting upset by Heritage Hall in the Class 4A title game a year ago, the Kingfisher coach said his team didn’t dwell on what went wrong.
There was plenty, a broken nose for forward Trey Green, a late-season surgery that hampered guard Matthew Stone and uncharacteristic sloppy defense that saw Heritage Hall end his team’s perfect season.
But Reese said the resiliency of his senior class and a relentless work ethic from his team helped the Yellowjackets rebound.
“There was just a bunch of things that went bad for us,” Reese said. “But there's nobody that works harder than these guys.
“It’s been amazing to watch.”
Reese helped guide Kingfisher back to the Class 4A title game this past season, setting up a rematch with Heritage Hall and dismantling its rival in a defensive performance for the history books.
Kingfisher allowed the fewest points to opposing teams in state tournament history, giving up just 36 points per game over the 3-game stretch.
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Reese is The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Coach of the Year, helping Kingfisher win its second ever basketball title.
Reese said a ton of the credit goes to his players, particularly the play of seniors Trey Green and Jett Sternberger.
Those two helped Reese turn the Kingfisher program into a power, winning 84 games over the past three seasons and only losing five in that span.
Both Sternberger and Green surpassed 2,000 points for their career and helped establish a legacy of both hard work and selflessness.
“Those two are the most accomplished boys basketball players we’ve ever had,” Reese said. “It's great that it pays off like this.”
The makeup of his team mirrored that of his first championship team from two years ago with three seniors of Green, Sternberger and Reece Lafferty, helped by two dynamic sophomores in Bijan Cortes and Matthew Stone.
Though Reese knows losing his foundation pieces will be tough, he’s excited for the future.
“It will be difficult, but I have a lot of confidence in the guys,” he said. “Plus they’ve had a good example put out before them.”