ADA — The mystery continues for the Shawnee boys' basketball team as the outfit slumped to its fourth straight loss Thursday.
Durant claimed a 53-50 overtime victory over Shawnee.
ADA — The mystery continues for the Shawnee boys' basketball team as the outfit slumped to its fourth straight loss Thursday. Durant claimed a 53-50 overtime victory over Shawnee. Shawnee head basketball coach Ron Arthur said the problems started just before halftime with the teams tied 22-22. “We gave up a layup at the buzzer and they go into halftime with a lead,” he said. “That just brings down the mood in the locker room.” However, the Wolves opened the third quarter strongly by playing smart against Durant's zone defense, Arthur added. “We came out and played a good third quarter,” he said. “We were being patient with things, but then started to force things.” The run to start the second half saw Shawnee take a 37-31 lead before trouble struck again. “We're up 37-31,” Arthur said. “Then, we had four straight possessions that end in turnovers. So then, we're down 38-37 to them.” The Wolves were able to keep the game even until ultimately falling in overtime. In the extra period, Durant made 9 of 11 free throw attempts. This accounted for all but two of their points during overtime. With Shawnee down 51-44, Trey Maston hit back to back 3-pointers to cut Durant's lead to 51-50. Arthur said the Wolves gave themselves a chance to get the win when they forced Durant into a turnover on the next play. “We had the ball with a chance to take the lead,” he said. “We just couldn't seal the deal.” On Shawnee's next possession, Austin Cooper missed a contested layup. Then, the Wolves immediately fouled Durant's Landry Wright, who scored both of the ensuing free throws with 2.2 seconds to go. On the last play of the game, the Wolves inbounded the ball to Luke Laster at half court who passed to Cooper in the corner. Cooper heaved up a desperation 3-point shot that missed. “We got the play off, but there wasn't enough time,” Arthur said. Arthur said Thursday's game reminded him of the team's loss in December's KSA Classic third place game against St. Francis. “It was the same situation,” he said. “You have a lead and see opponents take it from us. It's like a nightmare.” Arthur said he isn't sure why the team isn't in sync at present. The squad will play Choctaw at 2:30 p.m. today in the consolation semifinals of East Central Oklahoma Classic in Ada. “We just have to put this behind us,” he said. Note: Report compiled by Matt Caban.