PRYOR, OK —
Despite a game-high 26 points from Robert Ross, Pryor couldn't give new head coach Russ Gilmore a win in his Tiger coaching debut, falling to Bishop Kelley 71-52 Tuesday night at the Burdick Center.
"We missed too many open looks, we got mismatches out there too many times, and that's stuff we've got to get ironed out," Gilmore said. "We've got to learn the plays and learn the offense and communicate better defensively. Other than that I thought the kids played hard."
Pryor (0-1) fell behind in the early moments of the game and the ninth-ranked Comets stretched their lead to as many as 26 in the second half.
Senior Daniel Frailey added 11 points, but the Pryor bench — which figures heavily into Gilmore's system — managed just seven points.
Daniel Smith punched in a double-double for the Comets (1-0) with 17 points and 11 boards, both team-highs. Matt Craig added 14, JD Limes pitched in 13 and Kevin Pynn raked in a dozen.
Pryor played without 6-foot-6 junior forward Ryan Ogg, who will miss 3-4 weeks with a knee injury.
"We knew we were kind of behind the eight-ball here, particularly with Ryan sitting out," Gilmore said. "We had no inside presence. It hurts with a real physical team like that. They shoved us around a little bit."
Tyler Bradshaw poured in five points and Brice Daniels collected four rebounds for Pryor. Ross scored nine of his 26 points from behind the 3-point line. He scored 12 in the fourth quarter alone.
"He's come a long ways since this summer," Gilmore said. "A long, long way. I'm proud of him, I just need to get him a little more vocal."
The Tigers will return to the court next week in the Jerry Oquin Tournament in Inola, facing Verdigris in the first round Monday. Pryor will be back in the Burdick Center Dec. 20 against Miami.