PRYOR, OK —
Spencer Henson and Ryan Ogg both got their first starts of the season for the Pryor basketball team Friday, and they couldn’t have played much better.
The duo’s double-doubles helped Pryor upset Metro Lakes rival Claremore, 55-50, in a thriller at the Burdick Center.
“That’s a grind-it-out game,” PHS head coach Russ Gilmore said. “They [Claremore] have played four in the last week. They’re in sync, they’re in rythym. We hadn’t played in three weeks.”
Henson, a sophomore, claimed 13 points and 12 rebounds in his first career start for the Tigers (3-4), who have won two straight after a 1-4 start.
“I was just being a role player for my team,” Henson said. “Coach told me today I’d get my first start of the year. He told me to get the pace set high, and the points just came. I was in the right spots.”
Pryor scored the last seven points of the contest. Five came from junior Robert Ross, including the go-ahead 3-pointer that put Pryor up 51-50 inside of two minutes.
Ogg, who grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 10 points, pulled down his last board during a crucial late stretch. Up 53-50 with 12.8 seconds to play, Pryor’s Tyler Bradshaw was fouled. He missed the front end of the 1-and-1 but Ogg collected the board and was fouled.
“Those rebounds were big,” Gilmore said. “Spencer and Ryan came up big. We struggled shooting it all night long, and so we had to find another way to score.”
Ogg missed both free throws, but Ross corralled the offensive rebound and drained both free throws to seal the victory.
Ogg, a 6-foot-6 forward, was playing in his first basketball game of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the fall.
“He’s a man among children,” Henson said. “I’m looking forward to getting him back on the court and seeing him play.”
Pryor’s Tyler Arnold led all scorers with 14 points. Ross added 12.
Pryor fell behind by as many as 11 (19-8) in the first half thanks to the hot shooting of Claremore’s Jeff Oxford, but closed the gap to two at halftime.
Claremore went on several runs in the second half, including a third-quarter run fueled by TJ Wood’s three treys, but Pryor answered each time.
Oxford led the Zebras with 13 points. Wood added 12.
Pryor will make up its contest at Collinsville Saturday. The games were originally slated for Tuesday but were postponed due to weather. The girls will tip at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30.
Turnovers sink Tigerettes
PRYOR — A shallow bench and poor ball control doomed the Pryor girls to a 51-27 loss at the hands of Claremore Friday at the Burdick Center.
Pryor (0-7) took advantage of early Lady Zebra miscues to knot the score at 6 after one quarter. However, the Tigerettes piled up 34 turnovers and never got in sync offensively.
Claremore was led by Lauren Chancellor’s 15 points.
Pryor’s Hunter Gilstrap led the team with seven points but was in foul trouble all night. Forty-one fouls were called on both teams, an average of 1.3 fouls per minute.
Ofy Chavoya collected nine rebounds and pitched in five points for the Tigerettes.