ADA — The Shawnee boys’ basketball team found a way to win Saturday in taking a 54-46 decision over Newcastle in the seventh place game of the East Central Oklahoma Classic in Ada.
ADA — The Shawnee boys’ basketball team found a way to win Saturday in taking a 54-46 decision over Newcastle in the seventh place game of the East Central Oklahoma Classic in Ada. The short-handed Wovles had a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Pacers went on a 5-0 run to cut it to two with 2:48 to play. Shawnee was missing three players through minor injuries: senior guard Marquese Tramble, senior guard sophomore guard Aaron Yount, said Ron Arthur, Shawnee head basketball coach. Rather than fold, Shawnee fought back when junior guard Austin Cooper fed senior forawd Don Murphy for a lay-up. The Wolves were able to get a defensive stop capped off with a rebound by junior forward Luke Laster. Then, Shawnee forward TJ Blochowiak scored a lay-up to push the lead to six with 1:52 to go and Shawnee never looked back. Arthur said he was proud of the team for their efforts and execution down the stretch today. “It was a total grind for them: the forth game in six days, both point guards out with injuries, one of the teams' best shooter out with an injury, facing a five game losing streak,” he said. “They deserve something good to happen to them.” The win snapped Shawnee’s four-game losing streak and improved their record to 3-5. Murphy led all scorers with 18 points. Senior guard Trey Maston had 12 points. Junior guard Austin Cooper was the Wolves’ other double-digit scorer with 10 points, Shawnee’s scoring was rounded out by the following players: Laster (6 points), Blochowiak (points 6) and freshman forward Harper Maston (2 points). As a team, Shawnee was 4 of 10 from the free-throw line. Trey Maston was named to the All Tournament team. Maston also made all four of Shawnee’s 3-pointers Saturday. Arthur said the team needs to get healthy and build off Saturday’s win. “Next week will be two tough tests against Suburban Conference teams,” he said. “both ranked in the top 10, coming to our place Next game: Tuesday at home vs. Western Heights Note: Report compiled by Matt Caban.