ADA – It was high drama for the Durant Lions basketballers at the McDonald’s of Ada East Central Oklahoma Classic on Saturday.
The Durant Lions fought their way into the championship game but fell to the Sapula Chieftains 66-53.
The Lady Lions bowed out of the tournament after a tough loss to Northwest Classen Lady Knights 46-41.
On Friday, the Lady Lions fell in overtime to Ponca City Lady Wildcats 44-40. The Durant boys beat Ponca City 40-37 when Taylor Cox hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Durant Lions put up a good fight against Sapula. The ball just didn’t bounce their way.
In the first period, the both teams traded buckets. The Lions had a 10-7 lead with three minutes left. Then Sapula went on a 10-0 run and led 17-13 and finished the first period with a 20-14 lead.
The Lions kept fighting in the second period. Durant trailed 34-26 when Haroon Akhter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Sapula took a 34-29 lead into halftime.
Sapula begun to pull away in the third period as they outscored Durant 15-8 and the Lions trailed 49-37.
The Lions tried to rally, but couldn’t get the stops they needed and Sapula closed out the game at the free throw line and the Lions claimed the runner up prize.
Akhter led the Lions with 10 points, Alex Steve and Trey Harper both had 9 points each. Taylor Cox and Tyler Shade both had 5 points apiece.
The Lady Lions had a 18-14 lead at halftime, but the Northwest Classen Lady Knights fought back in the second half and escaped with a 46-41 win.
Both teams traded buckets in the first period as the Lady Lions grabbed a 11-10 lead headed into the second period.
Durant got hot in the second quarter as they started with a 9-0 run and led 18-10. Then the Lady Knights closed out the period with a 4-0 run and the Lady Lions led 18-14. Breanna Simmons had three points, Ciera Taylor and Bre Evans both had buckets in the run.
In the third period, the Lady Lions couldn’t shake NW Classen as they came within two points of Durant 32-30. Hannah Hime hit a 3-pointer with a minute remaining, but Classen matched the three-pointer at the buzzer.
Durant’s Taylor scored the first five points of the fourth period and the Lady Lions led 37-33. With 1:40 left in the game, the Lady Lions had 39-36 lead. Then the Lady Knights hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 39-39. Simmons gave the Lions the lead after two made free-throws, 41-39. But, the Lady Lions offense went cold as NW Classen went on a 7-0 run to close out the game and Durant fell 46-41.
Taylor led the Lady Lions with 11 points, Simmons had 9 points and Evans had 6 points.
Durant will play Ardmore on Tuesday.
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