February 2, 2014

Supporting cast shines as Lady Tigers dominate

February 2, 2014 By Mike Kays Phoenix Sports Editor



Fort Gibson 80, Sallisaw 40

Any hope Sallisaw had in this contest evaporated from a three-possession series early in the second quarter.  

Two steals by Chris Simpson ended on baskets by Rayne Cox, the last a three-point play after being fouled on a running layup off a break off Simpson’s pass after the heist. Coleman Crawley did it all himself on the third, taking the third midcourt steal in for a layup.

That made it 34-17 and it was off to the races for the Tigers (14-2), who made it a season sweep of the Black Diamonds (4-14) after winning by 23 at Sallisaw on Monday. The Diamonds coughed up the ball 10 times in the second quarter and on the way to 21 for the game, found itself down 27 at the half, 51-24.

“Chris is playing real well. He has got some real quick hands and he makes it tough on ball handlers,” said FGHS coach Gary Hendrix. “Coleman is just smart and anticipates well and Rayne’s athletic. He turned his ankle and it slowed him the second half but he makes things happen because he works so hard.”

Cox wasn’t the only Tiger who went home sore. Jordon London hit the back of his head hard on the floor on a third-quarter foul. He sank both free throws and played a few minutes more, but those charity shots put a lid on his 22-point performance. He sat the whole fourth quarter which likely kept him from eclipsing his season high of 26 against Hilldale.

“I thought everyone did their role right. We put it on them pretty good in the first half,” said London after downing an aspirin with a shot of fountain water.

Dalton Cunningham had 12 points for the Tigers, whose lead would peak at 44 on two occasions as the end of the bench put the wraps on the night.

Tanner Dobbs had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Sallisaw in both categories.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers go to Jay on Tuesday.

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