PRYOR, OK —
It took a little elbow grease, but the Pryor boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday, taking a 62-59 victory from Vinita in the Pryor Invitational at the Burdick Center.
Reserve guard Anthony Martinez scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for Pryor (5-6), which needed key buckets down the stretch to keep the Hornets at bay.
"We made stops when we had to," PHS head coach Russ Gilmore said.
It was a close contest for the majority of the second half. Pryor opened a 12-point lead midway through the second quarter, but Vinita, which never led in the game, scrambled back to tie it at 39 with 2:08 left in the third quarter.
"We started getting careless with the ball," Gilmore said. "We got soft with it and started turning it over."
Pryor ended the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 48-39 lead into the final eight minutes, but two quick 3s from Phillip Willis and Zac King cut the lead back to three.
Vinita closed the gap to two multiple times late in the game, but a huge Martinez 3-pointer all but ended the Hornets' hopes.
"When you come off of the bench, you've got to bring intensity," said Martinez, who also grabbed three rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.
Sophomore Spencer Henson was key in the post for the Tigers, scoring 17 points and pulling down six rebounds. He also assisted on Martinez' big fourth-quarter triple.
Junior Robert Ross scored 13 points for the Tigers, and fellow junior Ryan Ogg corralled a game-high 10 rebounds.
King led all scorers with 20 points. Willis added 17 off the bench for the Hornets, including 15 in the second half.
Pryor can clinch a spot in the tournament title game with a win over Berryhill Friday.
Collinsville edges Adair in OT
PRYOR — Collinsville needed extra time to send Adair to its fourth loss in five games, a 58-55 setback Tuesday in the Pryor Invitational.
Adair (7-5) was hot-and-cold in the first half. The Warriors started on a 16-4 run fueled by Jereme McCollum's three treys — he had five in the game — but went scoreless for the next nine minutes.
By the time Bo Rogers nailed a trey with 1:58 to go before halftime, the Cardinals had scored 20 straight points and taken a 24-16 lead.
Greg Oxford knocked down two big go-ahead 3s in the fourth quarter, the first with 7:25 to go to give Adair its first lead since 16-14. His second, with 2:12 on the clock, gave Adair a 50-48 edge.
Rogers knocked down a trey of his own to put Adair up 53-51 inside of two minutes, but with 29 seconds to go, Collinsville's Shawn Kocheski tied the game with a layup to send the game to extra time.
Blake Burd scored all five Cardinal points in the extra session, including the go-ahead conventional three-point play. The Warriors had a chance to tie with 2.9 seconds on the clock but their inbounds pass was intercepted.
Collinsville's Kanyon Cole led all scorers with 19 points. Kocheski added 16 and Burd scored 13.
Oxford's 18 points paced Adair, while McCollum poured in 17. Rogers scored 15, including four 3-pointers.
Adair will face Locust Grove Friday. An Adair win would mean a three-way tie in Pool B, but a Locust Grove win would send the Pirates to the title game and the Warriors to the fifth-place game.
Lady Warriors win sixth in a row
PRYOR — Keni Lippe notched another double-double Tuesday to help Adair drub Collinsville, 56-27, in Pryor Invitational action at the Burdick Center.
The talented freshman scored 19 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and swiped four steals as the Lady Warriors (13-1) blew past Collinsville in the second half. Adair stole the ball seven times in the third quarter and 13 times in the game.
Lippe and Co. blazed to a 22-6 lead after one quarter but managed just five in the second quarter to head to the locker room up 27-13.
Lippe and junior Kylie Looney paced Adair in the second half, combining for 15 points to shut down the Class 5A No. 5 Lady Cardinals.
Looney finished with 14 points and four boards. Bailey Stephens added nine points.
Mallory Vaughn was the lone Lady Cardinal in double-figures, with 10. She also joined Lippe in the double-double club with a game-best 11 rebounds.
The loss sends Collinsville to the fifth-place game Saturday. Adair and Locust Grove will battle for a title-game spot Friday.
Pryor girls squander great start
PRYOR — Pryor played perhaps its best half of of the season but ran out of steam late, succumbing to Vinita 59-39 in the Pryor Invitational Tuesday at the Burdick Center.
The Tigerettes (0-10) used strong rebounding and zippy passing to surge ahead of the Class 4A No. 7 Lady Hornets 18-16 late in the second quarter.
Vinita, however, had other plans, going on a 9-0 run to end the half. The Lady Hornets cruised from there, outscoring the Tigerettes 34-21 in the second half.
Rachel Zumstein had a team-high 11 points for Pryor. Sammy Gordon flirted with a double-double, notching nine points and eight rebounds. Hunter Gilstrap added seven.
Pryor's loss will send VInita to the tournament title game Saturday to face the winner of Friday's Locust Grove-Adair game.