The 5-4 Pryor Tigers take on the 2-4 Grove Ridgerunners Friday at home.
Pryor is coming off a tough loss to Bishop Kelley before the holiday break.
After a slow start, the Tigers won 4-5 before falling to the Comets by 12 (Pryor led at the of each quarter until the fourth).
Grove lost 4-5 before the break, with its last defeat coming at the hands of Wagoner, 54-49.
Though Grove has yet to win at home, the team is undefeated on the road.
Historically, however, Pryor has had Grove’s number.
The Tigers boast an 11-0 record against the RIdgerunners all-time, winning by an average 17.6 points since 2005.
The closest win margin came in 2005 and 2006 when the Tigers edged out Grove by two. Pryor Head Coach Greg Arnold was at the helm during both victories.
The Tigers are averaging 58.3 points per game and the Ridgerunners 39.7 ppg.
Pryor’s leading scorer sophomore guard Robert Ross likes his team’s chances heading into the game.
“We’re bigger and more athletic,” Ross said. “But you never know. We’ve played some teams that we thought we had down and it didn’t turn out so easy for us.”
A Grove victory would be the start of an uphill climb from a .333 win-percentage.
A Tigers victory would build on growing momentum for a group loaded with potential.
Arnold believes the Christmas break was beneficial to his team, not so much for rest, but because of the work his squad was able to accomplish.
“We were able to scrimmage against an aggressive Chouteau team that showed some good man-to-man defense,” Arnold said. “We also focused on defense, shooting and execution.”
Arnold said the time off was a chance to focus on some fundamentals.
The game tips off Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.