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December 20, 2013

Tigers thwart Miami with late surge

PRYOR, OK — Freshman Tyler Arnold scored 17 points — 15 in the second half — to help Pryor pull away from visiting Miami 68-58 Friday at the Burdick Center.

Neither team had more than a six-point lead until the fourth quarter, when Arnold and the Tigers (2-4) used their depth to open up a 12-point advantage and hold off Class 4A's No. 19 Wardogs (5-2) down the stretch.

"The difference was our defensive intensity in the second half," Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said. "We came out and played with 100 times more intensity in the second half. We held onto the ball and we rebounded very well."

Pryor opened up a 14-10 lead after one quarter but by halftime the Wardogs grabbed a 28-24 advantage. Just before the break, Pryor's Juqwan Blaylock hit the floor hard on his back going for a rebound. He would leave the building after the game in an ambulance.

The Tigers regained a 33-32 lead midway through the third quarter. The two squads traded the lead until Pryor assumed it for good late in the third. Pryor led by as many as 12 in the last frame, though Miami mounted a short-lived comeback attempt and pulled within six points with three minutes to play.

Forced to play the fouling game, the Tigers took care of business, draining 9-of-12 free throws in the closing period.

"We work on it all the time, taking care of the ball and hitting foul shots at the end of games," said Gilmore, who was awarded with a plaque before the game for reaching his 700th career win last week, a victory over Oologah in the Jerry Oquin Tournament.

Miami's Colt Summers led all scorers with 22 points. Wyatt Rathjen added 16 and Beau Bussey poured in 15, but Miami got zero scoring from its reserves.

Anthony Martinez led the Pryor bench with 11 points, including an and-one that pushed the Pryor lead to 58-49 with 3:23 to play. Tyler Bradshaw added a dozen points out of his starting guard slot.

"Arnold, [Robert] Ross, Bradshaw, they all played a great game," Gilmore said. "I was also very proud of Zaph Bobb's effort, filling in for [injured forward] Ryan Ogg."

Bobb scored seven points, all in the fourth quarter, and collected five boards off the bench for the Tigers.

Ross, the Tigers' top scoring threat through the early part of the season, was just 2-of-9 from the field but grabbed six rebounds and dished out a game-high four assists to go with eight points.

Miami's Rathjen flirted with a double-double, wrangling nine boards to go with his 16 points.

Pryor will take its win into the holiday break. The Tigers will next tangle with Collinsville in a Metro Lakes Conference road contest Jan. 7.

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