PRAGUE – A wild third quarter almost gave the home town Red Devils of Prague the advantage, but they couldn't get over the hump and fell to Meeker 59-52 Saturday. There were 38 total fouls handed out on the night with 20 going to Meeker and 18 to Prague.
Things got heated early into the second half after a foul was called on Meeker's Cale Coleman. Coleman was handed a technical at that time along with teammate Josh Whitfield. Prague's Brady Thorpe was also assessed a technical and a fan was ejected from the game.
Thorpe went to the line to shoot two uncontested shots where he made one and Isaac Bloomer sank two of his own.
Trailing 40-32 with one minute left in the third, Gage Cantrell hit two 3-pointers to get within two at 40-38. The Red Devils had a shot at tying up prior to the fourth, but a turnover left them still trailing after three.
The Red Devils got one point from tying up, but five unanswered stretched Meeker's lead to 48-42 on a triple by Dylan Thomas with 5:35 to go and the Bulldogs never saw much threat the rest of the way.
Meeker never trailed in the game. Thomas started things off with a triple and the Bulldogs gained some early ground with six unanswered points to go up 12-4 on a bucket by Joe Coker. Prague bounced back with a 6-2 run capped on free throws by Bloomer and Ray Embry to shorten the gap to 14-10. Thomas hit a shot to close out the second with a 16-10 Meeker advantage.
The teams traded buckets to start the second but Justis Nelson landed a basket and Coleman put up a layup and a triple to add seven unanswered for Meeker and go ahead 26-14. Scoring was pretty even the rest of the way through the break as Meeker went to the lockers with a 32-21 lead.
Thomas led all scorers with 21 points, Whiftield finished with 14 and Coleman scored nine. Eight members of the Bulldogs scored in total. Whitfield was the only member of either team to foul out and Nelson, Coleman and Brett Roach each finished with four fouls.
Cantrell led seven Prague scoresr with 17 points while Bloomer had 16 and Embry finished with 10. Bloomer and Cantrell each had four fouls.
The loss ends the Red Devils' win streak at five to put them at 15-6 on the season. They travel to 4A No. 13 Seminole Tuesday and Jones on Feb. 13.
Meeker moved up to 11-8 on the season and will host 2A No. 11 Okemah Tuesday.