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February 15, 2014

Hot start lifts Pryor to fifth-straight win

PRYOR, OK — Pryor junior Robert Ross poured in 16 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter to help the Tigers trample Skiatook, 72-49, on homecoming night Friday at the Burdick Center.

"We came out on fire," Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said. "Shooting the ball so well, we were really active defensively, getting our hands on balls and getting run-outs and lay-ups."

Pryor (11-8, 5-5 Metro Lakes Conference), which won its fifth-consecutive game and third-straight Metro Lakes game, led by as many as 16 in the first half after a 4-for-4 start from 3-point range.

Ross hit three treys in the first quarter and threw a baseball pass three-quarters of the court to a streaking Tyler Arnold, who converted the lay-up to give the Tigers a 28-12 lead as time expired.

"I saw him over the top of the defenders," Ross said. "I just lobbed it ahead. I really didn't expect to see it fall. Everything was falling for us."

The Tigers cooled off in the second quarter, letting Skiatook pull within eight (37-29) at halftime.

"Once we quit hitting, we let up defensively ... We had no rhythm and flow in the second quarter," Gilmore said.

Despite a protracted team meeting at halftime due to the homecoming ceremony, Pryor came out hot again in the second half.

"We set good screens and we 'D'd up well," Ross said. "Coach has been prepping us all week for the weird schedule."

Homecoming King Danny Frailey scored five of his six points and corralled four rebounds in the third quarter for the Tigers.

"Danny is playing some of the best ball he's played all year, and we're getting that from a lot of guys," Gilmore said. "I'm very happy with our depth off the bench. That's key."

Junior Ryan Ogg scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a pair of shots for the Tigers. Arnold, a freshman, added 11 points and four assists, and sophomore Anthony Martinez added 10 points and six helpers.

Gilmore is pleased with the success his team has had getting to the line and making its free-throws. Pryor went 24-of-30 (80 percent) from the stripe Friday.

Pryor dropped an 82-75 decision exactly one month earlier at Skiatook. "The teams that were beating us early [in the season] aren't beating us late," Gilmore said. "We are showing a lot more improvement."

Garrett Massey scored 13 points to lead Skiatook, but was held scoreless after halftime. Jake Surritte added 11.

Pryor will have a chance to extend its winning streak Tuesday at Claremore.

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