By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
The Glencoe Panthers and Pawnee Black Bears haven't really been pushed so far this season. In the championship of the Mike Kerr Classic, Glencoe prevailed in a physical 73-67 victory.
“I didn’t feel like we finished as well as we could have,” Glencoe coach John Lazenby said. “But we finished. There is something to be said for that.”
The first quarter was back and forth with the Panthers holding a narrow 15-12 lead. Things got a little heated as Glencoe coach John Lazenby picked up a technical towards the end of the quarter. That seemed to spark the Panthers as they took control in the second quarter, outscoring Pawnee 24-12.
“I told the guys at halftime that I was guilty of being too jacked up,” Lazenby said. “I got a little over zealous. I knew the officials would keep me in line and they did. We kind of settled down and started playing and got even keeled a little bit and executed some pretty good ball.”
Jake Lazenby scored 11 points and Ty Lazenby scored eight points in the quarter. The Panthers shutout Pawnee's Gideon Gardner to three points in the second after he scored seven in the first.
“Gardner and (Nathan) Brock are the best players in the area,” coach Lazenby said. “They are sophomores. We felt like the key to beating them was handle their pressure, which I thought we did a good job and try to contain Gideon and the Brock kid.”
Pawnee got a little boost as coach David Page sat with them on the sidelines. Page, is recovering from a broken leg and was in a wheel chair.
“It felt awesome,” Page said. “I got back last night. It was the first time out. I didn’t know if I could make it through the whole game and I did. Tonight, felt even better and got involved and broke a little bit of a sweat.”
Assistant coach Mike Brock, did most of the coaching and said his team couldn't stop the Lazenby brothers in the second quarter.
“They scored the ball really well,” Brock said. “The two brothers scored really well. We didn’t do a good job of guarding them. We got to do a better job of identifying the main people we have to slow down.”
Pawnee suffered a blow to their depth as Caylan Biddy went down with a leg injury at the beginning of the second half. Biddy was helped off the floor and taken to the hospital.
“We don’t know anything yet but we will see,” Brock said.
The Black Bears rallied in the fourth quarter. Gideon Gardner scored 12 points and hit a 3-pointer to cut Glencoe's lead to 62-59 with two minutes left. The Panthers made free throws down the stretch to seal the game. Ty Lazenby erupted for 13 points in the fourth to finish with 27 for the game. Jake contributed 21. Brock said he was proud of his players for battling back.
“Playing a good team like that, shows you areas you got to work on,” Brock said. “It was a great opportunity. We were proud of the guys for fighting back. We were down by 19 and cut it to three. Against a team of that caliber, it shows the heart and character of our team.”
Gardner led Pawnee with 30. Nathan Brock scored 25. Glencoe and Pawnee will rematch Feb. 10 in Pawnee. The Panthers will visit Olive on Tuesday while the Black Bears visit Hominy on Monday.