Huskies honor new HOFers with Friday’s effort on court

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

If the Huskies were distracted by any of the extracurricular activities that were swirling around Oren Terrill Field House, they didn’t let it show on Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame Night.

Pawhuska’s boys gave the No. 16-ranked Dewey Bulldoggers everything they could handle before finally falling, 82-74, in Friday’s finale of the varsity twin-bill that follows the annual induction ceremony for the local hoops Hall. Dewey cashed in 17 of 18 free throws down the stretch to keep the stubborn Huskies at bay.

As some of the HOF legends looked on, the 2A Huskies battled gamely in a losing effort and dropped to 3-7 for the season. The Class 3A Doggers escaped with an intact ranking plus new-found respect for their Pawhuska hosts.

The PHS squad took the court for a third straight game under assistant coach Mark Frye and Dale Christenson, a longtime area coach who also is one of the driving forces behind Pawhuska’s basketball Hall. Huskie head coach Chad Kills Crow has been missing from the PHS sideline since his arrest over the holiday break on an Osage Nation tribal charge of public intoxication. Kills Crow, 44, is scheduled to have a hearing in regard to his coaching position on Jan. 29, school officials said.

In Friday’s contest versus the Doggers, J.R. Young energized the Huskies by scoring 19 points to go with five rebounds. The 5-8 senior also had three steals and three assists. PHS junior Ben Gray came off the bench to contribute 13 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. Pawhuska’s junior tandem of William Merrell and Mattheu Rector added 15 and 10 points, respectively, while combining for seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Trenton Anderson scored a dozen first-quarter points as Dewey took a 22-14 advantage. The Doggers built the lead to double digits, but the Huskies outscored them (23-20) in the second period to pull back to within five at halftime. Trailing, 35-25, Pawhuska got consecutive baskets by Gray and Bradley Moreland before junior Kody Linde hit a lay-in off a feed by sophomore Rocky Murray and cut the deficit to four.

PHS was a point away from tying the score twice in the opening minutes of the second half. The visitors re-established a 10-point edge, but a three-point play by Young made it, 61-54, at the end of the third quarter. The Huskies got within four points three times in the final period, but Dewey always answered the challenge. With 1:34 remaining, a steal by Young led to a bucket by Merrell that cut the Dogger lead to four, 74-70, for the final time.

Hunter Hines scored 33 points and Anderson added 26 as the Doggers notched their third straight victory, Dewey made 35 of 46 free throws on the night, with Hines and Anderson topping the totals with 13 apiece. Pawhuska hit 15 out of 29 attempts from the stripe. Pawhuska held an edge in rebounding by pulling away 36 caroms compared to Dewey’s 23. In addition to Gray’s 11 for PHS, Young and Hayden Henley both grabbed five. The Doggers were led on the boards by Tyrec Ricks, with eight, while Anderson and Hines had five each.

Last Tuesday night at Newkirk, Pawhuska’s boys squad lost a 39-38 decision to the host Tigers. The Huskies led at the end of the first quarter and kept the score close throughout the contest. In the fourth quarter, officials assessed a time out against PHS that actually was called by of the the Huskies’ fans. That ruling may have made a difference as the final seconds ticked off with Pawhuska unable to stop the clock.

Mattheu Rector scored 16 points for the Huskies, including four three-pointers. Hayden Henley finished with eight points and William Merrell added six.

Coming up on the schedule, PHS was to play Tuesday night (Jan. 12) at Pawnee, followed by a Thursday night contest at Nowata and a Friday game at Barnsdall. Next week, the Huskies will open action at the Dewey Tournament with an 11:30 a.m. Thursday game versus the Cleveland Tigers. (The Lady Huskies will tip off against the Cleveland girls at 10 a.m.)

DOGGERS 82, HUSKIES 74

Dewey: 22 - 20 - 19 - 21 — 82

Pawhuska: 14 - 23 - 17 - 20 — 74

Dewey Bulldoggers (7-2) — Hunter Hines 33, Trenton Anderson 26, Tyren Ricks 12, Drew Miller 8, Alphonso Lopez 0, Blayze Rippy 3. Coach: Lance Knight.

Pawhuska Huskies (3-7) — J.R. Young 19, Will Merrell 15, Mattheu Rector 10, Hayden Henley 5, Lance Hardin 0, Brian Jeffers 4, Bradley Moreland 6, Ben Gray 13, Kody Linde 2, Nathan Richardson 2, Tucker Helmer 0, Rocky Murray 0, Tristan Tucker 0. Coach: Mark Frye.