The Pryor Times


February 19, 2014

Zebras' late bucket upsets shorthanded Pryor

CLAREMORE, OK — Claremore's Hutch Helbig hit a lay-up with 3.9 seconds on the clock to help the host Zebras knock off a severely undermanned Pryor squad, 47-45, in Metro Lakes Conference action Tuesday.

Pryor freshman Tyler Arnold scored 18 points but his floater at the buzzer was too strong. Arnold led all scorers and shouldered the brunt of the scoring load as two of the Tigers' leading producers, junior Robert Ross and sophomore Spencer Henson, sat out.

"He (Arnold) did a good job, I'm really proud of him," Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said. "He carried the load, put it all on his shoulders."

Arnold banked in a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to tie the contest at 36, but he was held scoreless for the rest of the game, including missing the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17.7 seconds to play with the game tied at 45.

Pryor's Tyler Bradshaw broke a 42-42 tie with a free-throw at the 2:29 mark, but T.J. Wood hit his fifth 3-pointer moments later to give Claremore a 45-43 lead. Pryor sophomore Anthony Martinez' lay-up with just over a minute to play set up the final sequence.

"We didn't get enough help off the bench," Gilmore said. "I'm proud of the kids for, being as shorthanded as we were, being able to hang in there like we did. We had to play totally different than the way we normally play, but we did what we could to try to win."

Sophomore foward Zaph Bobb provided the only meaningful minutes off the Tiger bench, pitching in six points, four rebounds and two blocks. Gilmore's rotation was shortened by three frontcourt players Tuesday (Ross, Henson and Jaqwan Blalock), and Claremore's size forced Gilmore to occasionally utilize three forwards rather than his usual three-guard configuration.

Ryan Ogg scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Pryor, which had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 11-9 and 5-6 in MLC play. Martinez added eight points and handed out three assists.

Wood scored 15 points to lead Claremore and Helbig pitched in a dozen. Freshman Jeff Oxford scored nine points to go with six rebounds and a game-high six assists.

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