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By Glen Miller
Bringing home hardware from a tournament, no matter where or what place, means one thing for El Reno High School’s boys basketball team – two more marks in the win column.
The Indians rallied in the fourth period to defeat the host team in the consolation finals of the Shawnee Invitational, 48-46, to improve to 9-7 overall. El Reno went 2-1 for the event, which is crucial, given only a week is left before records are turned in for playoff pairings.
“We got two wins and we met our goal,” said El Reno head coach Rodney Haydon.
El Reno entered the final period trailing Shawnee 41-36, but went on a 12-5 break in the period to secure the two-point win. Sage Lamebull led the effort with a basket and two free throws, followed by a basket and free throw from Bryon Elledge.
Justin Harris netted a 3-pointer and Michael Jones added two points.
Harris closed the game with five treys to lead all EHS scorers with 15 points, two rebounds and a steal. Jones added 14 points, four boards and three assists. Elledge reached double figures with 10 points and three dishes.
Lamebull added a rebound, a steal and an assist to his fourth-period points, while Justin Brown ended with four points, three rebounds and five assists.
Josh Bushyhead added two points and Kasey Gill grabbed four rebounds.
El Reno 45, Choctaw 41
The Indians held off a 15-4 rally in the fourth period by the Yellowjackets, ranked No.24 in Class 6A, to secure the four-point win.
Brown paced El Reno, which led 15-7 after one period and 27-16 at the half, with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Elledge added 13 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Jones led those in single digits with six points, five steals, two assists and a pair of rebounds. Christian Wassana closed with four points, while Gill and Harris posted three points each and Bushyhead added two. Lamebull grabbed three boards.
Norman North 65, El Reno 44
The Timberwolves, ranked No.18 in Class 6A, held El Reno to one scorer in double digits. Jones scored 25 points and grabbed three rebounds in the losing effort.
Wassana added five points, two rebounds and a steal. Lamebull chipped in five points and two steals.
Elledge closed with three points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist. Harris had three points, followed by Gill with a free throw and three caroms.
Brown and Bushyhead were held scoreless but combined for four rebounds and three assists.