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February 11, 2014

Pryor boys win 4th straight

PRYOR, OK — Defense was the name of the game for the Pryor boys Tuesday, as they held Metro Lakes rival Collinsville to just two fourth-quarter points in a 42-31 win at the Burdick Center.

Anthony Martinez and Tyler Bradshaw keyed the most important series of the game, an 8-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter that put the Tigers (10-8, 4-5 MLC) up by nine (38-29).

"[Bradshaw] had been really struggling and came out in the second half and played really good defense," Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said. "He had a couple big buckets, and that was good for his confidence."

Martinez and Bradshaw assisted on each other's 3-pointers during the crucial run. Bradshaw came off the bench and hit a pair of triples to bookend an 11-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Before then, no team had held more than a three-point edge.

Pryor allowed just 10 second-half points and recorded six steals and two blocks.

The win is the fourth in a row for the upstart Tigers, who completed a three-game season sweep of the Cardinals. Pryor plays three of its last four games at home, where it is 6-2.

"Mentally it's good, it's really good," Gilmore said of the streak. "I told the kids, this is when you need to really start playing well. This stage of the season, you don't need to be having any bad games. You need to be getting better and build momentum for the playoffs."

Martinez was the only Tiger in double-figure scoring, with 10, to go with four assists and three rebounds. Bradshaw pitched in eight points and three helpers, and Robert Ross and Spencer Henson each chipped in nine points.

Henson led the team on the glass with eight rebounds, and Ross's four assists tied Martinez for game honors. The Tigers handed out 11 assists to the Cardinals' two.

Ryan Ogg played with a lingering illness and mustered five points, six rebounds and a block for the Tigers.

Austin Archer led Collinsville with 10 points. Kanyon Cole added nine before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.

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