January 22, 2014

PIT: Pryor stymies Vinita late

January 22, 2014 Chuck Porter Sports Editor

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.

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