Pryor got a rude awakening Friday night when the 5A No. 12 Tigers were nailed 73-53 by 4A No. 20 Vinita.
So they took it out on Miami, rolling to a 63-47 victory Saturday night at the Dogdome.
“I don’t know what to say — we got beat in a lot of phases of the game,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We just have to get into the gym and get better.”
The loss was the second straight for the Dogs, who fell to Wagoner on Friday night. They’ve dropped six of their last eight decisions.
This was the fourth double-digit margin in a loss for the Wardogs. They lost by 28 to Springfield (Mo.) Central, 23 to Seneca, Mo., last week and they fell by 19 to Pryor when the teams met in Pryor last month.
“It’s like we’re waiting for something positive to happen,” Mercer said. “We’re just in a hole. We can’t wait around. We have to have people who go out and make it happen — get us out of this funk. We lack a little confidence, no question.”
And things don’t get any easier — the Hornets loom on the horizon, hosting MHS on Tuesday.
“We’re going to have to strap it on,” Mercer said. “It doesn’t get any easier. We’re going to have to respond.”
Pryor led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, a 3-point goal by Hayden Delano with four seconds left shaving the difference back to eight.
The Tigers coasted into the break with a 30-20 edge.
Three-point goals by Jordan Madde and Dayton Dobrinski helped Pryor bump its lead up to 14, 40-26, with 5:06 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers outscored MHS 8-4 over the final two minutes, padding the margin to 48-32.
Each team scored 15 points over the final eight minutes.
Johnny Brice was the only player in double figures for the Wardogs, finishing with 12. He got eight of that in the second half.
Tony Rodriguez chipped in with nine points and James Pickens added eight.
Pickens fouled out of the game with 5:30 remaining. He also fouled out of the Wagoner game. These are the only two times he’s fouled out all season.
Four of the six players who scored for Pryor reached double figures. Brook Hall led the way with 15.
Pryor 21 9 18 15 — 63
Miami 13 7 12 15 — 47
Pryor — Hall 15, Ballard 14, Dobrinski 12, Jarboe 10, Madde 7, Galvan 5.
Miami — Brice 12, Rodriguez 9, Pickens 8, Delano 6, Turner 6, Hunter 4, Pogue 2.
3-point goals — Dobrinski 2, Hall 1, Madde 1, Delano 2, Pickens 2, Rodriguez 1.