Shawnee’s Wolves had another close encounter Saturday, but unfortunately came out on the short side of a 48-46 final against Suburban Conference foe El Reno in the consolation championship of the Arvest Bank/Sehorn Yamaha Shawnee Invitational at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
The Wolves fell into the consolation bracket with a first-round loss to Class 5A’s seventh-ranked Southeast, but followed that up with a come-from-behind 73-67 win over Sapulpa Friday. The come-from-behind luck didn’t flow over into Saturday’s outing, however.
Shawnee trailed 5A’s No. 11 El Reno just 16-12 after the first quarter, and 28-20 at intermission. The Wolves uncorked 21 third-quarter points, including 10 from Trey Maston, and the hosts looked poised to repeat a Jan. 8 upset of then 10th-ranked El Reno.
Shawnee led 41-36 to start the final eight minutes of play, and remained in front until the Indians’ Bryon Elledge connected on a bucket with 40 seconds to go. That put El Reno up 47-46, and Elledge knocked down the front half of a one-and-one with 8.5 ticks left to bring up the final spread.
Maston, who canned seven 3-point field goals in the win over Sapulpa, missed a hopeful game-winner on a last-second inbounds pass.
Maston picked up a game-high 19 points against El Reno, including four treys and a 2-for-2 effort on free throws. Teammate Marquese Tramble added 10 points, going 4-for-6 on charities.
The Wolves as a team were 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) at the foul line, while the Indians were 8-for-11 (72.7 percent).
Justin Harris paced the Indians with 15 points, and Michael Jones pitched in with 14. Elledge finished with 10.
Shawnee (6-11) will celebrate homecoming Tuesday against Western Heights.
In other tournament games Saturday, Southeast defeated Norman North, 61-56, for the title; Stillwater claimed third place with a 57-44 win over Coweta; and Sapulpa won the seventh-place match, 57-43, against Choctaw.