Minus senior Colton Owen, Tecumseh’s Savages got a big jolt from seniors Julio Hukill and Alan Brewer in taking a come-from-behind 56-48 win against Byng’s Pirates Friday night.
Owen, a two-time all-tournament player this season who averages 13 points and nine rebounds per game, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury. Head coach Eric Litherland said it is questionable whether he will be back in the lineup before the postseason.
“We’ll have an adjustment period,” Litherland said.
Byng, down 15-13 after the first quarter, claimed a 27-25 halftime lead. The Savages went in front 40-39 to start the fourth.
“It was a good test for us, being down one of our main guys,” Litherland said.
Hukill spearheaded Tecumseh’s offense Friday with 19 points, and he led the Savages in boards with six. Brewer added 17 points and four rebounds, and he was 4-for-10 on 3-point attempts.
Litherland said Hukill was “an animal” with his inside game.
“Byng had no answer for him,” Litherland said. “I think he’ll become more of an offensive punch.”
Dakota Davis added eight points and five boards or the victors, who are 19-2 and ranked fifth in Class 4A.
Reed Wall led the Pirates with 15 points, and Dinah Bohan added 11.
The Savages were 21-for-46 from the field.
Tecumseh will go to Harrah today to contest the Panthers for the inaugural title of the North Canadian River Valley Conference. Other members are McLoud and Jones.
In Friday’s opener, Tecumseh’s girls were tied at 38 after three quarters, but eventually fell to sixth-ranked Byng 54-46.
Tecumseh, 6-15, trailed by just two points with 1 1/2 minutes to play but back-to-back turnovers sealed its doom.
Hilary Babbit of Tecumseh had an outstanding shooting night, going 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.
Sam Schovanec and Sutv Meely of Tecumseh chipped in with eight points apiece. Meely had two treys.
“We had to start fouling late after the turnovers and they hit some free throws,” Tecumseh coach Amy Shelby said. “We played outstanding defense the whole game.”
Page 2 of 2 - Jennifer Goethe of Tecumseh recorded five assists and four rebounds.
Tecumseh was 8-of-9 from the line.
The Lady Savages will play tonight at Harrah.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith and Fred Fehr.