DURANT - The Durant Lions went toe-to-toe the last time they met Hugo Buffs, but fell short in a 48-45 loss. The rematch between these two teams was held Tuesday night and this time the Lions upset the Buffs in overtime 61-58.
It was sweet revenge.
“We finally got them, it’s been two years. It’s really close with this team, we played three times and got beat three times. We lost to them earlier this year and finally beat them at home. It was just a fun game to be apart of,” said Asst. head coach Aaron Mullins.” Just a fun game to be a part of. The kids, they always fight hard every night. It was just so much fun to finally say, ‘Hey, this is why we practice so hard.’ It just so much fun watching them have a good time.”
The Lions had control of the game from the start and doing what they please. But Hugo didn’t take it lying down and kept close with the Lions, but the Durant held on for a 14-13 led after the first period. Tyler Stovall hit two NBA 3-pointers to keep the Lions alive and James Donelean was a force under the basket with three blocks in the period.
Neither team could shake the other in the bucket trading second period and Durant held on to 28-25 halftime lead.
Durant was dangerous from behind the arc, making a total of seven 3-pointers in the game.
Behind, two 3-pointers from Skye Lowe and Landry Wright along with three blocks by Donelean. Durant held on to a 40-31 lead headed into the final frame of the game.
Hugo began to rally in the fourth period and tied the game at 43-all midway through period. Lowe went to the free throw line three times and went 6-for-6 to keep the Lions in the game. With a 1:08 on the clock, Lions led 51-49. Then Hugo knotted the game at 51 with 20 seconds on the clock. One the ensuing possession, Zac Cater was foul as he drove the lane and headed to the free throw line, but Cater missed both shots and the game went into overtime tied at 51.
Neither team wanted to loose, but someone had to.
In overtime, Hugo grabbed a quick 54-51 lead, then Taylor Cox hit one of the games biggest 3-pointers of the night to tie the game. Then Cox later hit both of his free throws and the Lions led 56-55. With only 49 seconds left in overtime, Donelean made a big bucket, then got a block on the defensive end, but fouled out on the play. No matter, the foul sent Hugo to the line and split the free throws to keep the game close, but the Lions led 58-56
Then Lowe was foul and he made two clutch free throws that put the score in the Lions favor, 60-56.
Hugo didn’t give in easy as the went back down the court and made their shot. Lion led 60-58.
Then Cater drove the lane and was fouled. Cater split his free throws to give the Lions a 61-58 victory.
Durant’s top scorers: Lowe had 16 points, Cater finished the night with 11 points, Cox had 10 points and Donelean had eight points and seven blocks.
The Lions will face-off this Friday against its arch-rival Ada at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Den.
Lady Lions fall to the Lady Buffs, 54-26:
The Lady Lions struggles continued Friday night against the Hugo Lady Buffs as the fell 54-26.
By halftime the Lady Lions trailed Hugo 30-16.
The Lady Lions had problems on offense in the third period, not able to score more then six points in the quarter, but Hugo kept on rolling and led 44-20 at the end of the third period.
The Hugo Lady Buffs outscored Durant in the final frame 10-3 as they rolled to a 54-26 victory over the Lady Lions.
Lady Lions top scorers: Ciera Taylor had eight points, Alexa Richards and Rheagan Jones both had five points.
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