PRYOR - Good teams made adjustments as needed.
Pryor did just that and it helped the Tigers chalk up a key 55-43 Verdigris Valley Conference win here Tuesday night.
The Wardogs pounded away inside with Cody Corntassel, who accounted for 10 of their first 25 points. And of that total, all but three (a trey by Nolan Couch) came from close range.
“They played more zone in the second half and did a better job on Cody, keeping the ball out of his hands,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We were a little out of sync against their zone. They have good size on the perimeter and that caused us some problems.
“We had opportunities,” he said. “We got the ball inside, but he (Corntassel) went a little cold and we went cold everywhere else.”
Miami opened up a five-point lead (29-24) just after the half on a driving layup by Couch and a shot from outside by Keith Freeman.
The teams traded buckets then the Tigers got a bucket from inside and a 3-point goal to go up 32-31 heading into the final stanza.
Miami used a bucket from inside by Trent Turner and a trey from Freeman to rally for a 36-35 lead with 6:32 remaining.
The wheels fell off for Miami as the Tigers used a 10-2 surge to go up 45-38, then after a 3-point goal from Turner, Pryor capped things off with another 10-2 rally to put the game away. The Tigers' last eight points came on free throws as the Tigers converted on eight of 10 chances.
“It's hard to put a finger on,” Mercer said. “We were on the verge in the third quarter. In the second and third quarters, we kinda controlled the game. But the last couple of minutes in the third and at the start of the fourth. they really came after us. We had some breakdowns on defense and a couple empty possessions on offense.
“The momentum swung back in their favor and we never recovered.”
Freeman had a team-high 12 points for the Wardogs.
Corntassel, who was held scoreless in the second half, had seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Turner and Couch chipped in with seven and six, respectively. Anderson finished with a season-low three points.
Cain Wright, a 6-3 senior, had a game-high 21 points for the Tigers, who were ranked 14th by the Tulsa World.
Miami hopefully gets to celebrate homecoming Thursday night when it entertains Jay. The ceremonies have already been postponed twice.
The boys' game will be played first, followed by the girls. Coronation ceremonies will take place between the games.