ARDMORE - The Durant Lions let third place slip away from them at the Ardmore Holiday Festival with a 58-50 loss to the Western Heights Jets on Saturday. The loss drops Durant to 3-4 on the young season.
Tyler Stovall and Zac Cater led the team in scoring with 10 points apiece. Taylor Cox finished the night nine points and James Donelean had eight points. Will Engle and Landry White each had seven points. Skye Lowe was held scoreless.
The Jets came out with the hot hand with a 14-2 run to open first period. Then Cater help the Lions turn the table on the Jets with a 9-0 run. Cater had four points in the scoring spree, along with Stovall’s 3-pointer and a put-back by Donelean. The Lions trailed 13-11.
Durant pulled with one point of the Jets 21-20 with 4:33 left in the second period. After buckets by White, Stovall, Engle and 3-point bucket by Cox. However, the Lions defense falter and let Jets go a on a 9-3 run to close out the period and trailed 30-23.
After halftime, the Lions defense woke up and shut down the Jets to only three points in the third period. The Lions would grab the lead, 35-32, after Cox hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in period. The Lions outscored the Jets 12-3.
The Jets bounced back in the fourth period after opening run of 15-4 and led 48-39. The Lions kept it close after Engle scored a bucket and drained a 3-pointer. The Lions trailed 48-44 with 2:35 left in the game. But the Lions got into foul trouble and the Jets won the game at the free throw line.
Next up for the Lions will be a home game against the Atoka Wampus Cats on Jan. 7 of the new year. Atoka edge the Lions 91-85 in the season opener behind a 43 point performance from the Wampus Cats’ guard Bobby Johnson, who made eight 3-pointers in the game.