Red-hot Douglas fuels Ike past Pryor
CATOOSA - Nursing a six-point lead early in the second half while not shooting well, Eisenhower needed a spark.
The Eagles found one in the unlikely shooting stroke of Mookie Douglas.
The junior hit three 3-pointers over the course of four offensive trips giving the Eagles their largest lead of the game at the time, 49-35, and they never looked back en route to a 73-54 win over Pryor in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament at Catoosa High School on Thursday.
The win marked Ike's fourth straight win at State, its second win over Pryor in the first round in two years and advanced the No. 3 Eagles (22-4) to today's semifinals.
They continue their title defense today against No. 2 Tulsa Memorial at 9 a.m. at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University.
"They're really good, so we just want to come out compete, play hard and get after them," Ike head coach Bruce Harrington said of Memorial. "(The 9 a.m. tip-off) won't be tough. We're going to get in bed early, wake up and it will be just like a regular game."
After having a rough first half offensively, making just two of 15 treys, Ike's stifling defense paced it to a 36-25 halftime lead. The No. 10 Tigers (19-9) finally made a run coming out of halftime going on an 8-0 run to cut their deficit down to 38-33, the closest they had been since early in the second.
That's when Douglas caught fire.
He hit one from the left corner, one from the right corner and then another from the left corner in four trips. In between those shots, Pryor only made two free throws. By the time Douglas was finished, Ike held a lead that was too much for Pryor to make a run at.
Douglas finished with a game-high 21 points
"It felt good. The coaches will give the ball to us whenever somebody is feeling it," Douglas said. "They saw me with the hot hand, so they just gave them to me and I knocked them down. It always feels good to do that."
Said Harrington: "Mookie gave us room for error. That was huge."
Pryor's Zaph Bobb, the tallest player on the floor by at least four inches, did what he could to keep the Tigers close. He finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds, 17 of which came in the first half. In the second half, Ike took control of the boards, specifically R.J. Fisher.
The sophomore started crashing the boards and getting inside of Bobb's position. Fisher scored six straight Ike points on putbacks to close out the third quarter and give the Eagles a 56-39 lead.
Fisher filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and two emphatic blocks.