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PITT Eight DAY FOUR: Pittsburg and Stuart Attain Convention Finals – Mcalester Information Capital

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KIOWA – The Panthers have beaten their ticket.

Crowder and Pittsburg battled for last place in the Pitt 8 tournament championship on Friday. The Panthers took the 68-47 victory and secured their place in the championship game.

Defense was key for both teams to start the ball game, but both teams found an offensive rhythm after the first few minutes.

Pittsburg led after the first quarter with 15: 8 and adjusted its offensive strategy. Cole Allen and Carter Cross each scored 11 points in the first half and took the lead 36-15.

But in the second half, after the Demons made their own adjustments, James Long hit three times in a row to take the lead. It was followed by Avery Williams, who was fouled in one shot and played the old-fashioned three-point game to narrow the deficit even further.

Matthew Rice grabbed a bucket to respond to the Panthers and followed him with a block on the defensive end. This sequence led to another Allen Three, which brought some of the momentum back to Pittsburg.

Allen led with 55:32 in the final phase and drove through the opposing defense to fire a shot and keep the Panthers offensive going. But a steal-and-score from Mike Lizik and a drive from Williams added to the Demons' score.

The damage had been done, however, and the panthers were on their way to victory.

Allen led the Panthers with 21 points, followed by Rice with 19 and Cross with 13.

Sevryn Mills led the Demons with 12 points, followed by Long with eight points, Royce Florenzano and Williams with seven points each, and Meaux with six points.

Stuart 75, Savanna 42

The hornets are in.

Stuart and Savanna faced each other in a battle for a place in the championship game of the Pitt 8 tournament on Friday night, with Stuart taking advantage of an offensive hot streak to take the win between 75 and 42.

Both teams were ready to fight for the coveted spot in the final, and the Hornets took the lead 15-8 after the first quarter.

In the following quarter, Stuart hit an offensive hot phase. After 16 points in the first half from Connor Clayton, the Hornets led 42:14 at half time.

In the second half, Ayden Fry hit a triple for the Bulldogs to get the offensive going in the second half. They followed with a bucket from Cayden McElhaney, followed by a theft that would result in free throws from Tucker McBane, who sank both to keep the Bulldogs going.

Clayton responded with a triple from the left for Stuart, but Savanna responded with another bucket from McBane to keep the Hornet in the lead.

But Clayton teamed up with shots from Jared McIntosh and Travis Grinnell to put the Hornets in the 61-27 lead after three-quarters, and used the surge of momentum to put himself back in the conference title game.

Clayton led the Hornets with 25 points, followed by Kobe Wilson with 11 points, Grinnell with 10 points and Gabe Clayton with eight points.

Tyler Phillips led the Bulldogs with nine points, followed by McElhaney with eight points, Fry and Ty Hoffman with six points each, and McBane with four points.

BOYS

TUESDAY

In Pittsburg

B1: Pittsburg 56, Canadian 30

B2: Savanna 49, Indianola 30

In Kiowa

B3: Stuart 73, Haileyville 43

B4: Crowder 62, Kiowa 41

FRIDAY

In Pittsburg

B5: Indianola 81, Haileyville 52

B6: Canadian 54, Kiowa 36

In Kiowa

B7: Stuart 75, Savanna 42

B8: Pittsburg 68, Crowder 47

SATURDAY

In Pittsburg

B9: Indianola vs. Canadian, 12 noon (consolation finals)

In Kiowa

B10: Savanna vs. Crowder, 4 p.m. (third place)

B11: Stuart versus Pittsburg, 8 p.m. (championship finals)

Contact Derek Hatridge at dhatridge@mcalesternews.com.

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