By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
FORT GIBSON – The Jordans are quite a 1-2 punch for the Fort Gibson High School boys basketball team. At least they were on Tuesday night.
Jordan London and Jordan Hill combined for 51 points to power the Tigers to a 68-57 victory against the Stigler Panthers in the second day of the Old Fort Classic at Harrison Field House.
London pumped in 30 and Hill added 21. Hill gave London props after the game.
“He’s a good threat. I don’t know how many 3s he hit,” Hill said. “The good thing about him is I get a lot of attention because I’ve made a name for myself, but not very many know about him. They’re going to know about him.”
London popped in six 3-pointers including four in the second quarter.
“I shot the ball pretty good in the second quarter,” he said. “Our team feeds us the ball. I just try to get open for shots and shoot it.”
In that second quarter, the Tigers outscored the Panthers 25-8 for a 42-25 halftime lead.
“We also played better defense in the second quarter,” coach Gary Hendrix said.
Ranked No. 8 in the Okrankings.com Class 4A poll, the Tigers improved to 13-3 and will play Stilwell (10-6) at 5:50 p.m. Thursday in the winner’s bracket semifinals.
Blaine Thompson led the Panthers with 12 points, while Ryan Echelle and Dylan Bryant added 11 each as Stigler dropped to 7-8.
In the other boys’ game, Stilwell turned back Eufaula 46-38. The Ironheads (8-7) outscored the Indians 20-10 in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Stilwell advantage.
“I thought we came out intimidated a little bit,” Eufaula coach Bradley Campbell said. “They were aggressive and once we got used to that, we told our players to relax and play. We loosened up a little bit in that fourth quarter.”
Devonne Garfield led the Ironheads with 14 points and Cody Faries added 12.
Eufaula trailed 34-18 going into the final quarter.
Matt Lea, a 6-foot-9 junior, led the Indians with 13 points and 6-5 Brody Clay added 12.
In coach Scott Hensley’s eyes, it wasn’t the best effort he’s seen from his Hilldale Lady Hornets this season.
Still, the Lady Hornets’ pressure defense proved to be the difference in notching the 50-43 victory against the Stilwell Lady Indians.
“We’re not sharp,” Hensley said. “We weren’t as ready to play as we needed to be. I don’t think we gave everything we have.”
Hillary Calvert, who led the Lady Hornets with 16 points, said her team’s defense won the game.
“Defense is a lot,” she said. “If we don’t have that, we don’t get stops and keep them from scoring.”
Katie Kirkhart added 14 points as Hilldale improved to 11-5 for the season.
The Lady Hornets now turn their attention to the winner’s bracket semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Muldrow (12-3).
Hensley knows a better showing is important.
“We’re going to have to play a heck of a lot better,” he said. “They’re a very good team and a very disciplined team.”
At least one person was impressed with Hilldale and that was Stilwell coach Robert Brunk as his Lady Indians dropped to 7-9.
“Hilldale’s a good team. I’ve been ranking them in the (Okrankings.com) Top 20 here and there this season,” he said. “They’re physical.”
In the other winner’s bracket semifinal, Eufaula (11-4) faces Fort Gibson at 7:20 p.m. Thursday after the Lady Ironheads topped the Stigler Lady Panthers 47-44. Eufaula is 4-0 this season against Stigler.
Eufaula’s other wins against Stigler were by 64-46, 55-44 and 66-55.
“It’s hard to motivate a team when you play someone four times,” Eufaula coach Jordan Garner said. “But he (Stigler coach Jeff Walker) had his team ready to go. We were a little sluggish, but we found a way to win.”
Ashley Laughlin topped Eufaula with 15 points. Alyssa Banks had 12 and Janet Hill had 11.
Walker, the son of Fort Gibson girls coach Jerry Walker, said he didn’t have a problem motivating his squad.
“That’s the closest thing to a rivalry that Stigler has,” he said. “We just missed layups and lost track of shooters too often. When you have a three-point game, those things look huge.”
Brook Hurst led Stigler with 11 points, while Bailey Wilson and Mackenzie Maxwell had 10 each.