ADA - The Durant Lions came away with a 53-50 overtime win over the Shawnee Wolves in the first round of the East Central Oklahoma Classic that tipped-off yesterday in Ada. The Lady Lions struggled against the Shawnee Lady Wolves as they loss 56-21.
Once again the Lions had three players in double-digits. Zac Cater led Durant in scoring with 16 points, Trey Cox finished the night with 12 points and Skye Lowe had 11 points. Landry White had eight points and James Donelean had five points.
The Lions went toe-to-toe in a thriller against Shawnee as neither team could deliver the knockout punch in regulation.
Like two heavy weight boxers, Durant and Shawnee stood in the middle of the ring and fought it out, blow-for-blow.
In the first period, both teams traded buckets and the Lions trailed 17-14.
Three lead changes occurred in the second period.
Durant would take a early lead 18-17 in the opening minutes of the period after buckets by Cater and Donelean. Then the Lions would recapture the led at the end of period when White made a buzzer beater bucket to give the Lions a 24-22 lead headed into the halftime.
Scoring went cold for the Lions in the third period as the only managed five points. Shawnee took advantage and led 32-29 at the end of the period. However, the Lions came roaring back in the fourth period.
The score was 37-33 in favor of the Wolves with 4:51 left in the game. Then the Lions, with 2:41 remaining, trailed 40-37. Lowe was fouled as he the made his shot and then made his free throw for the three point play to bring the Lions with in one point of Shawnee, 41-40. Then Cox made a clutch basket to give the Lions a 42-41 lead with 1:40 left on the clock.
With time running down, Cater committed a foul and Shawnee made one of it’s free throws to tie the game at 42 apiece and sent the game into overtime.
The Lions went up 47-44 with only a 1:14 left in overtime, behind a Cater bucket and free throws by Cox and Donelean. Then Cox went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to give the Lions a 51-47 lead. But Shawnee would make back-to-back three pointers and trailed the Lions 51-50.
But with only two seconds in game White stepped up to the free throw line and both of his shots to close out the for the Lions, 53-50.
The Lions next game is at 8:30 tonight.
The Lady Lions struggled to find its shots against the Shawnee Lady Wolves as the fell 56-21.
Reaghan Jones led her team in scoring with 8 points.
The Lady Lions were in range of Shawnee in the first period as the trailed 11-6. Then the game got away from the Lady Lions in the second period and couldn’t recover.
Shawnee went on a 10-0 to begin the second period. The Lady Lions had trouble finding good shots as Jones scored all of Durant’s points in the period with seven. By the end the period, Durant was behind 31-13 at the half.
Shawnee came out hot in the third period as they outscored the Lady Lions 15-3 and led 46-16 head into the final frame and closed out the game in the fourth period.
Lady Lions play today at 10 a.m.