The Pryor Times

February 22, 2014

Coweta edges undermanned Pryor in OT

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — For the second game in a row, Pryor could have forced an extra period with a lay-up.

For the second game in a row, that was not the case.

Anthony Martinez led Pryor with 10 points but his lay-up at the overtime buzzer rimmed out, granting Coweta a 41-39 win over a depleted Pryor team at the Burdick Center Friday in a Metro Lakes contest.

“Two heartbreakers. We just couldn’t get a bounce to go our way,” Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said, referring to Friday’s loss and a 47-45 loss at Claremore Tuesday. “It hurts not getting that one. It hurts not getting both of them. We were so close, but it didn’t happen, and you can't turn back the clock.”

After Coweta (14-10) grabbed a 40-38 lead early in OT, Pryor’s Conley Ledoux converted the first of his two free throws with 31.3 seconds to play but missed the second. Ryan Ogg stole the Coweta inbound pass but could not convert a lay-up.

KeLandus Colton missed a pair of free-throws at the other end with 14.5 ticks left, but Martinez had another costly turnover with 7.7 seconds left as the ball went off his foot under the Coweta basket.

Coweta’s Hunter Burchett made one of his two free throws to set up Martinez’ chance to tie.

Pryor’s Tyler Bradshaw tied the game at 38 with a 3-pointer at the 2:34 mark in regulation, which erased a seven-point deficit after Danny Frailey fouled out with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter.

“Our effort was fantastic. When we got down seven, I told them, ‘We’ve got to get after it,’ and they got after it,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore elected to run the clock all the way down to get the last shot after securing the ball with just over two minutes to play in regulation. However, Martinez was called for traveling with 0.9 seconds on the clock. Coweta’s Colton missed a 15-footer at the end of regulation to force overtime.

The teams combined to miss five of their nine foul shots in overtime.

Pryor (11-10) played without three key rotation players. All three — Robert Ross (ankle), Spencer Henson (ineligible) and Jaqwan Blalock (ineligible) — sat out of the Claremore game as well.

Frailey scored 10 points for Pryor, and Tyler Arnold added eight. Bradshaw knocked down a pair of 3s, the Tigers’ only makes from beyond the arc, for six points.

Colton led all scorers with 15 points, while teammate Jake Ross pitched in 11.

The Tigers wrapped up their Metro Lakes Conference schedule at 5-7. They will host Grove Monday for Senior Night before a trip to Deer Creek for a regional tournament Feb. 28.