Akhter leads Durant over Eagles in OT


Lady Lions fall to Muskogee, 66-31

Taylor Cox had a hot hand as he scored 23 points on Thursday night in Moore, Ok.


Randy Bruce | Durant Democrat

Haroon Akhter scored 22 points, of his 29 points, in the second half and hit six 3-pointers.


Randy Bruce | Durant Democrat

MOORE — The Durant Lions won a wild shoot-out over New Way Christian Academy Eagles in overtime Tuesday night 91-88 at the John Nobles basketball tournament in Moore, Oklahoma.

The Lady Lions faced off against Muskogee and fell 66-31.

Boy’s game:

The game was filled with three-point shots as both teams combined for a total of 29 three-pointers.

The Lions put four players in double digits.

Haroon Akhter scored 22 points, of his 29 points, in the second half and hit six 3-pointers. Taylor Cox also had the hot hand as he scored 23 points, doing damage at the free-throw line. Alex Steve chipped in 10 points, Tyler Shade finished with 11 points, Layton Tubbs had 9 points and Wes Engle had 8 points.

The Lions took a 16-13 first quarter lead headed into the second period.

In the second period, the Lions started with an 8-4 run and led 24-19. Engle and Tubbs both had buckets and Cox scored 4 points in the run. Then the Eagles fought back and cut the lead to 26-24. Then with a bucket back by Engle and a 3-pointer by Akhter the Lions led 31-28. But the Eagles came back and took a 33-32 halftime lead.

In the third period, Durant trailed 47-46 with 3:30 left on the clock. Then the Lions went on a 12-2 run to close out the period with a 58-49 lead.

The Eagles started the fourth period with a 16-6 run and took a 65-64 lead. Then with the score 71-68 on favor of the Eagles with 2 minutes left. Akhter hit a 3-pointer, split his free-throws and hit another 3-pointer with 40 seconds left and the Lions led 75-74. Then the eagles hit a 3-pointer and Cox made free-throws with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime 77-77.

In overtime, Steve started with a 3-pointer, followed by a 3-pointer by Engle and the Lions led 85-83. Then Akhter scored the next five points for Durant and led 90-88. Cox was fouled and split his free-throws to give the Lions a 91-88 lead. The Eagles had the ball last and missed their final shot and Durant escaped with the win.

The Lions play Douglass today at 5:30 p.m.

Girls game:

The Lady Lions kept pace with Muskogee in the first half, but the Lady Lions offense went cold in the second half as the Lady Lions fell 66-31.

Ciera Taylor led the Lady Lions with 12 points, Haley Morgan put up 10 points and Breanna Simmons had 3 points.

The Lions jumped out to a 11-5 lead in the first period. Taylor scored 6 points, Morgan hit a 3-pointer and and made both her free throws in the run. Then Muskogee went on a 11-2 run to end the period and led 16-13 over Durant.

The Lady Lions scored all their points from the free-throw line in the second period, but Muskogee started to pull away and took a 31-23 halftime lead.

In the third period, Taylor scored the lone bucket for the Lady Lions and Muskogee went onto a 55-25 lead headed into the final frame.

The Lady Lions put up some points int the fourth period, but the Muskogee lead was too wide and the Lady Lions fell 66-31.

The Lady Lions play today at 1 p.m.

Contact Randy Bruce at 580-634-2161 or Twitter @SportsBruce.

Taylor Cox had a hot hand as he scored 23 points on Thursday night in Moore, Ok.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DBB-23a-1.jpgTaylor Cox had a hot hand as he scored 23 points on Thursday night in Moore, Ok. Randy Bruce | Durant Democrat

Haroon Akhter scored 22 points, of his 29 points, in the second half and hit six 3-pointers.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_haroon.jpgHaroon Akhter scored 22 points, of his 29 points, in the second half and hit six 3-pointers. Randy Bruce | Durant Democrat
Lady Lions fall to Muskogee, 66-31
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