January 23, 2013

Pirates handle Adair on neutral floor

January 23, 2013 Sports Editor Wes Reynolds

PRYOR — Locust Grove advanced to the semifinals of the Pryor Invitational Tournament after defeating Adair Tuesday, 59-39.

Neither team could get shots to fall early in the game.

The Pirates found its rhythm late, however, as senior David Stone repeatedly drove the lane and finished.

The night appeared as if it would be long for the Warriors, as Locust Grove nurtured a 12-5 lead after one quarter.

The Warriors cut the lead to three near the end of the second, thanks to senior Jordan Fleming’s decision to get to  therim throughout the quarter.

Reed’s slashing, inside-onslaught only slowed via his decision to settle for a mid-range jumper (in which he almost jumped through the roof).

Still, the Pirates headed to the locker room, up only five points.

The inter-county teams continued to battle in the third.

Locust Grove sophomore Colton Pike pounded the rock down low, and went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Six points separated the  teams after three periods.

Adair senior Brady Bradbury, covered by Reed, continued to struggle from the field in the fourth, minus an early trey.

Pirates’ senior Reed Bryant began the quarter hot, as he backed his opponent down for an easy bucket, then kissed one off the glass the following possession.

Reed and junior Taylor Halpain struck from beyond the arc to help the Pirates pull away in the last period.

Locust Grove Head Coach Ronnie Maple thought his offense wasn’t as good as usual

“Our offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders tonight,”  Maple said.  “We didn’t do a good job of making some easy shots tonight. I thought David Stone did a great job. To hold one of the best scorer in Mayes County to seven says a lot. David Stone is a heck of a player and I’d say he’s one of the best in the county.”

Locust Grove faces Berryhill Friday at 8:45 p.m.

Adair   5 12  11  11  39

LG     12 10  11  20  53

LG: Stone 15, Pike 12, Fine 9, Halpain 8, Bryant 7, Rowland 2.

Adair: Fleming 13,

Oxford 10, Bradbury 7, Martin 3, Gilmer 3, Eastin 2, Boriack 1.

 

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