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January 4, 2014

Fort Gibson holds off Locust Grove to take pair at home

(Continued)

Boys:

Fort Gibson 50,

Locust Grove 46

Tiger postman Stephen Edwards scored the final three points in the last 1:28 of the game to seal the win for sixth-ranked Fort Gibson over the No.16 Pirates.

Fort Gibson trailed most of the evening until finally taking the lead at 40-37 late in the third quarter. The game was tied twice and the Pirates regained the lead at 46-45 with 2:25 left. But a bucket by Jordan London, a basket and a free throw by Edwards and a pair of missed 3-pointers by the Pirates gave the Tigers the victory.

“They’re a good basketball team,” said Tiger coach Gary Hendrix. “They made us work for everything and shot the ball well early, and we had to play from behind until later in the game.

“I think we were a little rusty having not played in a couple of weeks. We missed some shots we might normally make and we did some things that were a little uncharacteristic, but they had a lot to do with that.”

Despite four treys by Locust Grove’s Wyatt Rogers in the first quarter, the Tigers (5-1) kept it close, trailing just 15-14 after the end of the stanza. The Pirates upped the lead to three, 28-25, at halftime and still clung to a three-point lead late in the third until the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to lead by three.

Edwards led the way for Fort Gibson with 17 points while Coleman Crawley added 14 and London had 10. Colton Pike was the leading scorer for Locust Grove (4-1) with 16.

Both Fort Gibson teams return to action next Thursday playing in the Oologah Tournament.

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