The Pryor Times


January 25, 2014

PIT: Pirates aim for second trophy

PRYOR, OK — The weather outside the Burdick Center Friday night was in the 20s, but the cold certainly had no impact on Tyler Rowland’s hot hand.

Rowland scored 15 straight points for Locust Grove in the second and third quarters to help the Pirates slice past Adair, 57-40, and into the Pryor Invitational title game.

“I knew my team needed a boost there at the end [of the half],” Rowland said. “I wasn’t playing real great at first, and I knew I had to step up and make some shots. My shot was off, so I knew right off the bat it was time to attack the rim and score points that way.”

Rowland scored 22 points in the game for the Pirates (11-1), who will try to win the tournament for the second year in a row Saturday against Berryhill at 8:45 p.m.

“When Tyler gets going, he gets going,” LG head coach Ronnie Maple said. “He started feeling it a little bit ... he can shoot, he’s just got to have confidence.”

Sophomore Mason Fine added 17 points on 12-of-12 free-throw shooting, all in the second half, for the Class 4A No. 9 Pirates, who fell behind the Warriors (7-6) by as many as eight points in the first quarter.

Locust Grove couldn’t contain Adair freshman forward BJ Bradbury, who led all scorers with 25 points. They did, however, shut down Bo Rogers, Greg Oxford and Jereme McCollum.

Rogers, Oxford and McCollum combined for 48 points in the Warriors’ 58-55 overtime loss to Collinsville Tuesday, but the Pirates held the trio to just four points Friday, all from Oxford.

Pirate Zach Robinson added 11 points for the Pirates. Rowland grabbed four rebounds and claimed four steals.

Zach Gilmer supplied five points off the bench for Adair, which has lost five of its last six games and will face Vinita in the fifth-place game Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Bradbury added six rebounds and three steals.

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