It was anybody’s game from start to finish, but Shawnee was ultimately unable to avenge a Saturday loss to Deer Creek when the Suburban Conference foes collided Tuesday night in the Wolves’ home opener.
It was anybody’s game from start to finish, but Shawnee was ultimately unable to avenge a Saturday loss to Deer Creek when the Suburban Conference foes collided Tuesday night in the Wolves’ home opener. Class 5A’s 19th-ranked Shawnee led 14-11 after one quarter, and 26-23 at halftime, but the 15th-ranked Antlers are 2-0 over the Wolves in as many games with the 51-47 final at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center. Deer Creek topped Shawnee 53-38 in Saturday’s third-place game of the Durant Tournament. “I thought the effort was really good, and we competed hard and got great minutes from a lot of guys off the bench,” Shawnee coach Ron Arthur said. “We’re getting better. We’ve just got to bounce back.” Shawnee raced out to 5-0 lead to open the night, and the Wolves didn’t trail until early in the second quarter. Deer Creek’s biggest — and only — lead of the first half totaled just two points (16-14), and the Antlers did not lead again until midway through the third when Tyler Haddock’s shot from beyond the arc put them up 30-28. Haddock finished the night with 11 points, including a game-high three treys. The teams were tied at 30 and again at 32 in the final minutes of the third quarter, and Shawnee was able to maintain its lead (34-32) to open the final quarter. After traded leads early, Shawnee went up by four points (42-39) when Austin Cooper hit the front side of a two-shot foul with 3:49 to go. The Antlers then hit nine uncontested points in the next 90 seconds to take the lead for good. Their largest lead, at five points, came at two junctures — with 1:19 to go and with 5.8 seconds to go. Cooper hit a driving layup with 0.7 ticks left to cut Shawnee’s deficit to 50-47, but the Antlers had the final say as Haddock hit the back side of a two-shot foul with 0.5 ticks to go. The loss pushes Shawnee to 1-5 overall and 0-2 against Suburban Conference members. Theo Berry led the Wolves with 14 points, and teammate Trey Maston chipped in with 10. Don Murphy came away with seven points, and Luke Laster finished with six. Shawnee’s bench provided 13 points. Deer Creek’s Conner Avants led all scorers with 19. Shawnee will face Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber Friday night at Tulsa Union High School.