The Pirates defeated 17-ranked Miami Friday night 62-55 in a tight game.
Locust Grove had to begin the game by overcoming an early 7-0 deficit. Locust slowly chipped away at the Wardogs’ lead and tied it up 12-12 at the end of the first period.
After an explosive second quarter, the Pirates went in the locker room with an 11-point lead. LG never looked back in the second half to maintain their lead and improve their record to 14-4.
Miami made the game close in the fourth, but lost their momentum late after several mental mistakes. Head Coach Ronnie Maple was proud of his team bouncing back from the previous night’s lost at Vinita.
“It’s two games in a row you play two really good teams,” Maple said. “I thought Miami really came in and played hard, especially in the fourth quarter. In the second half it was a battle all the way to the end and their kids played hard. I thought my kids came in and played hard, and really met the intensity, especially after a tough game like (Thursday) night. We could have came in and held our heads down and thought about (Thursday) night, and I really thought we came in with intensity and desire and effort, and really kind of stunned them early, and that was a really big difference in the game.”
Sophomore Colton Pike stepped up big for his team to lead all scorers with 16 points. Pike, a 6’4” power forward, also went 10-12 from the stripe in order to score a majority of his points.
Sophomore guard Tyler Rowland also scored 10 and stole the ball twice in the game, playing solid on both ends of the floor. Maple is impressed with his young talent stepping up late in the season.
"Colton’s playing well. Both sophomores tonight, Tyler Rowland and Colton Pike both played really really well, and I was really proud of both of them,” Maple said.
Senior Reed Bryant also continued his hot streak with 12 points, while senior David Stone scored nine.
The Pirates will have a long week of basketball ahead of them including three games. Their first game will be at rival Salina Monday night. Locust has handled the Wildcats well thus far in the season with two home blowouts.
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