Ada edges Durant 49-48 in semi-finals of ECU Classic
Lady Lions fall to Ponca City Wildcats
Randy Bruce Sports Editor
ADA - Durant Lions loss a heart-breaker in the last seconds of the semi-final game against Ada Cougars at the ECU Classic on Friday night, 49-48.
Durant found themselves in another tight game that came down to a last second shot by Lions senior center James Donelean. His shot bounced off them rim with only one second on the clock and sent the Cougars to the championship game.
Skye Lowe led the team in scoring with 18 points, Trey Cox had nine points, Donelan had seven points with six blocks and Zac Cater had six points.
It was a battle royale between these two teams, as neither team could shake the other.
Durant grabbed the lead in the first period with a 6-5 run. Then Cox hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Lions a 12-9 lead headed into the second period.
Things got interesting in the second period as both teams traded buckets. The Cougars tied the game at 14-all, then Cater and Lowe combined for six points to give the Lions a 20-18 lead. However, Ada came back and took a two point lead with less than minute on the clock. Then Lowe grabbed a loose ball and race down court for a lay-up that tied the game at 24-all just before the halftime buzzer.
Ada would take a 43-38 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Donelan would keep the Lions in the game when he got three big blocks and timely steal, close to the end of the fourth period.
Both teams traded buckets in the fourth period, but the Lions couldn’t over come the one point deficit. Donelan and Cox combined for six points to open the final frame of the game and trailed 45-44. Then Lowe scored the Lions next four points, but Durant still trailed 48-49.
Then with time running down, Donelean was fed the ball in the low post. Donelan spun away from his defender, but his shot wouldn’t go down and the Lions fell to Ada.
Durant played for third place against Stillwater on Saturday evening.
On Friday, the Lady Lions lost to Stillwater Lady Pioneers 63-30. That set up a seventh place battle between the Lady Lions and Ponca City Lady Wildcats at the ECU Classic in Ada on Saturday.
Alexa Richards got into double-digits with her team high 10 points. Ciera Taylor had nine points and both Reaghan Jones and Summer Simeroth both had five points apiece.
Ponca City jumped out to a quick in the first half and rolled to a 25-14 halftime lead over the Lady Lions.
Durant offense found it rhythm in the third period and outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-11. Simeroth pitched in three points, Richards hit a 3-pointer and and made both of her free throws and Jones had a bucket with a made free throw. But the Lady Lions still trailed at the end of the period, 36-27.
But the scoring fell off for Durant in the final frame of the game as the Lady Wildcats took seventh place with a 43-33 victory.
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