PRAGUE—For the second time in as many nights, the Okemah Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter to steal victory from the clutches of defeat and Saturday night's effort was for the 66 Conference Tournament crown. Okemah defeated the Seminole Chieftains 53-50 to claim the title.
Seminole led 43-36 heading into the final quarter, but just as they did in the semifinals against Meeker, Okemah made up the seven point deficit in the final frame. The Panthers, in the fourth quarter, hit 7-of-10 free three's, hit two treys and held the Chieftains to just two made field goals.
Seth Harjo led the Okemah charge scoring six of his 14 points in the rally. Harjo hit a trey and a free throw to quickly cut the lead to 43-40 with 7:19 to play and the Panthers caught up with Seminole on two free throws by C.D. Harjo at the 4:39 mark, 44-44.
Seminole's Kason Clark then hit his fourth bomb of the game to get the three point advantage back for the Chieftains.
The two team traded trips to the free throw line until Okemah finally took a fourth quarter lead on a Seth Harjo layup with 1:09 left to play. Okemah led 51-50 and increased their advantage to 53-50 on two clutch free throws, with :10 left, by Colton Roberts. That was Roberts only two points of the game.
Seminole had a final chance to send the game into overtime, but Clark rimmed out a three that was rebounded by the Chieftains Shammario Stephens, who launched a three at the buzzer that bounced no good.
Clark led Seminole with 16 points while Stephens added 11. Adam nance joined them in double figures with 10.
Cade Dean led Okemah with 16 points.