Phoenix staff reports
After a thrilling overtime victory over No. 12 Wiley College on Friday night the Bacone Warriors couldn’t quite continue the momentum on Saturday against LSU-Shreveport, falling 78-72 at the Palmer Center.
Trailing by three with 2:11 remaining the Warriors’ Roland Barbaza would miss back-to-back 3-point attempts that would’ve tied the game. The Warriors regained possession but a turnover by Creed Flowers gave Bacone new life with 41 seconds remaining.
Again, Bacone (6-9, 4-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference) came up short on the offensive side when Geo Brewer missed a game-tying 3 which was followed by a quick bucket by the Pilots to put them in front 74-69 with 25 ticks remaining.
Christian Smith led a quartet of double-digit scorers for Bacone with 15. Deantre Harlan added 14, Flowers finished with 12 and Matt Qualls pumped in 11 for the Warriors.
“Our effort wasn’t there in the first half, we didn’t keep the ball out of the paint, we didn’t keep them off the boards. In the first half they had 22 points in the paint, 15 second chance points and we didn’t play very well,” Bacone coach Allan Foster said. “You can’t build a nine-point hole and except to come back when you’re missing free throws and turning the ball over.”
On the women’s side the Lady Warriors fell behind early and were unable to turn the tide, losing 88-61 against the Lady Pilots.
Trailing by as much as 27 in the second half, Bacone cut the lead to 16 on a three-point bucket by Denton to make the score 74-58 in favor of the Lady Pilots with 4:33 remaining. The Lady Warriors were unable to get any closer, falling 88-61 to move to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the RRAC.
Collectively, Bacone hit 31 percent (22-of-70) but made only four-of-24 3-point attempts.
Myriah Hadnot led Bacone with 15 points. Dametria Dawson and Cheyla Vega both added 10 apiece.
Both squads travel to face Langston on Tuesday night.