GROVE - The final home game for the 2019-2020 Ridgerunners basketball team was a heartbreaker.
The closely matched game's result was the same as the January 14 game, a win for the Pryor Tigers, but this time the margin of win was a mere two points, not 13.
Pryor 41, Grove 39
The rematch between the Ridgerunners and the Tigers started off with a bang as Grove senior Aason Cross hit three threes. Braden Pittman added a two pointer to round out the team's 11 points of the quarter. The Tigers were right on Grove's heels with ten points.
The second quarter saw Cross suffer an ankle injury, but was still able to score five of the Ridgeunners' nine points of the quarter. Pryor would take the 22-20 lead at the half, having scored 12 points.
In the third, Hank Hacker stepped up, scoring five points, while Pittman added four and senior point guard Colin Rowton had two. The Grove defense held the Tigers to seven points, their lowest of the game.
Of the 20 points scored in the fourth quarter, half of those would come from the free throw line. Greg McCurdy and Corbin Beal hit threes and Pryor had two two-pointers. The Tigers were 8 of 12 from the line, while Grove was 2 for 6.
The final minute of the game saw Grove down by one when a foul sent Beal on the line. Both shots rimmed out. A foul sent a Tiger to the line, where he made one of two, putting Pryor up two points. Grove managed to steal the inbounds pass, but Pryor would know the ball out of Grove's hands and the Ridgerunners were unable to get a shot off.
Cross led the scoring with 14, followed by Pittman and Beal each with six, Hacker with five, Rowton and McCurdy both had three and Emmanuel Crawford had two.
The Ridgerunners will play their final two regular season games on Friday, February 14 in Glenpool and on Monday, February 17 in Claremore.