DALE – A strong fourth quarter performance from Aaron Hester and Cole Seaborn were key to No. 4 in Class 2A Dale's 54-43 win over No. 1 Wewoka Friday night. Hester shut down a Tigers' run with a nine-point solo performance to move ahead 50-37 with two minutes left in the game.

“I think we had taken him out because he'd had a lot of turnovers. Coach and I have a lot of confidence in him, so we put him back in and he made us look good,”

The Pirates took a big advantage after the first half.

Reid Davenport kicked off a 15-0 run with five minutes left in the third, capped on a bucket by Gabe Gouge with less than a minute until the fourth. Wewoka struck back with a 17-3 performance before Hester's breakup in the fourth.

Both teams had their fair share of runs, but a 10-0 blast capped on a Seaborn trey gave the Pirates an 18-9 lead with five minutes left in the second for an advantage they would never give up.

Seaborn completed the contest with 23 points to lead all scorers. Hester dropped 11 – all in the fourth – and Davenport finished with nine.

Darien Roberts led Wewoka with 18 points, Avondre Brover had nine and Austin Hamilton had eight. Hamilton suffered an ankle injury early in the first diving for a loose ball and set the rest of the half.

Hester, Seaborn and Davenport came up big for the Pirates when it most mattered, coach Jeff Edmonson said.

“There was a lot of buckets at crucial times that we really needed.”

The Pirates (20-4) host 4A Newcastle Monday for Senior Night where the Pirates seniors will play in their final home court game as they bid farewell to their fans.

“We've got five really good seniors. They've all had really good seasons and they've all worked really hard to get where they're at. So it'll be really nice to honor those five seniors,” Edmonson said.