Boys: Fort Gibson 71, Vinita 66
Whatever Fort Gibson coach Gary Hendrix said to his team at halftime sunk in as the Tigers turned a four-point deficit into an eight-point advantage at the end of the third quarter, then held on for the win.
Jordan London and Eric Hudson combined for 17 of Fort Gibson’s 24 points in the third quarter to put the Tigers up 53-45. London and Hudson finished the game with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Jordan Hill led FGHS with 18 points as the Tigers improve to 2-0.
“We changed up our defense at the half,” Hill said. “We were playing a 5-even where our corners went out to a 2-3 with more bluff on our three-point line and let our guards go get the ball. We were still letting them shoot the three but we were crashing the boards and not letting them have offensive rebounds.
Hendrix was proud of the way his team fought back after a so-so first half.
“Our guys are playing hard and that’s really all you can ask,” Hendrix said. “As long as they do that, we’re gonna get better. We made some silly mistakes at times but it’s still early in the year.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to Coweta today with the girls’ game tipping off at 6:30 p.m. and the boys to follow.