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Savage Squad Goes 2-2 For The Week

 

January 30, 2020

Countywide and Sun/Jacob Factor

Alex Shovanec puts the ball up against Mount Saint Mary.

The 16th-ranked Tecumseh Savage round ballers went 2-2 last week and moved their season record to 12-4 overall. The Savages squeaked by with an overtime win on Tuesday night and then ran into some stiff competition in Altus at the Shortgrass Tournament.

The Savages had to battle the whole night on Tuesday against Mt. St. Mary (MSM) and began with a 10-9 deficit after the opening quarter. Tecumseh bounced back to take the lead in the second quarter with a 19-15 advantage to lead by three at the half.

The second half was back and forth as the Rockets won the third quarter 13-8 to lead 38-36 headed to the final frame. Trailing by two, the Savages roared back and with a 13-11 advantage, including some timely free throws, Tecumseh knotted the game at 49-49 to send the game into overtime. Tecumseh took control early in the OT and outscored the Rockets by six to grab a big 62-56 win.

Emet Longhorn led the Savages offensively with 19 points, including four treys. Marcus Fuell did a lot of work inside to drop 15 points for the Savages. Kainan Ryan was also in double figures with 10-points. Jacob Green knocked down eight points for the Savages while Payden Clutter added six.

On Thursday, the Savages began play in the Shortgrass Tournament in Altus and ran into a tough Dallas Thunder team. Tecumseh started off trailing 17-12 after the first quarter and never could catch up. The Savages trailed by 10 at halftime and the Thunder won each quarter to continue to edge away on the way to a 58-44 win over Tecumseh.

Green and Ryan led the Savages in scoring with each throwing in 15 points. Green did most of his damage in the first half with 11 points before halftime while Ryan gathered all of his points coming out of the locker room, including three treys. Longhorn dropped eight-points while Jacob Trice had four and Alex Schovanec added two points.

The Savages faced the host team Altus in the consolation bracket on Friday overcame a slow start to comeback in the second half and secure the win. Tecumseh trailed 13-7 after the opening quarter and trailed 32-27 at halftime. The game belonged to the Savages after halftime as they outscored the Bulldogs 43-32 to grab a 70-64 win and move on to the consolation finals.

Ryan hit two three-pointers and was 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to lead the Savages scorers with 19 points in the win. Green and Longhorn each tossed in 14 points and Sebastian Baker poured in 11 for the Savages. Clutter and Trice added six and four-points respectively for Tecumseh.

In the consolation finals the Savages faced class 6A Ponca City. The Savages got off to a good start with an 18-15 lead after the first quarter, but less than stellar second and third quarters allowed Ponca City to take the lead 31-25 at halftime and move to a substantial 46-30 lead headed to the fourth. Tecumseh fought back in the fourth quarter, but the hole was dug too deep and the Savages fell 60-42.

Ryan again led the scoring for Tecumseh as he was the only Savage in double figures with 11. Green was close behind with nine points and Trice had seven points. Longhorn was good for five points and Baker tossed in four. Clutter, Schovanec and KD Jackson each added two points to the total.

The Savages are home tomorrow (Friday) as they host Little Axe for Homecoming and then will be at home for the final time this season on Tuesday as they meet McLoud on senior night.

 

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