STROUD – The Tecumseh Savages (6-5) snapped their two game losing streak Saturday with a 59-54 win over Stroud in the consolation semifinals of the Stroud 66 Coliseum Classic. The victory was the Savages' first of the year, following a five-game win streak leading into the Christmas break.
“It was good for just a win. We lost the first two games out of break, so we'll take a win,” coach Eric Litherland said.
The two teams went step-for-step throughout the first half to go into the break tied at 25. Things didn't change after the return, leading to the teams still being tied with 37 apiece after three, and putting it all on the floor in the fourth.
Down 50-46 with four minutes to go, Kameron Permetter set the Savages off on a 9-0 run that saw Zathan Bowman drain a 3-pointer and a bucket and Daniel Axton land both free throws of a one-and-one opportunity to go ahead 55-50 with 1:33 to go. Bowman and Axton iced two more appearances at the line in the double bonus to seal the win.
Bowman led the Savages with 22 points and four three's in five attempts and Axton had 20 points and was 6-7 from the courtesy stripe. Ryan Fullbright had nine points and Permetter added six.
The Savages will face Luther Monday in the consolation championship game of the tournament before playing host to 4A-No.4 Harrah on Tuesday.
Litherland isn't worried about the busy schedule the team has had in the season reboot.
“They're young, they can play. Kids can play five games in a day, it doesn't bother them,” he said.