|12/30/19 - |
SHAWNEE – The Ada Cougars went scoreless in the final 4:54, and the Shawnee Wolves closed the game with a 9-0 run in claiming a 45-35 victory Friday night at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
The Wolves, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, improved to 4-1 on the year, while Ada — No. 5 in Class 4A — dropped to 5-2.
Ada pulled to within one point, 36-35, before Shawnee received three baskets from 6-foot, 4-inch junior Joe Maytubby during that closing run.
“We had opportunities and did a good job getting to the basket,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks. “We did a good job doing what we were trying to do. We just didn’t finish.”
Junior Jaxson Robinson led the way for the Cougars with 19 points. However, 16 of those came in the first half. He was only 1-of-4 from the field through the final two quarters.
“He’s a tough player to guard,” said Shawnee head coach Ron Arthur. “Our guys gutted it out. This team can play defensive and it showed tonight.”
Robinson did drain three treys in the game and corralled five rebounds on the night.
Sophomore Kaden Cooper had a big night on the boards and defensively for Ada. He pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked four shots to go along with two points.
Trey Havens tallied six points off a pair of 3-point buckets for the visitors.
Tanner Morris led Shawnee with 11 points, all of which came in the first half. He connected on three shots from beyond the arc and Maytubby, coming off the bench, recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Maytubby was 5-of-7 from the floor, and Morris was 4-of-7.
SHS point guard Jaylon Orange tallied eight points, including one 3-point basket, and nailed 3-of-4 free throws.
“Shawnee is a really, really good team. Playing Shawnee is only going to make us better,” Parks said.
Ada trailed 26-22 at the half but used a 9-5 run in the third period to force the 31-all deadlock at the end of three.
Havens canned both of his 3-pointers during that third quarter, the second of which led to the 31-31 tie. Jake Shannon nailed two free throws and Robinson had one.
Cooper’s only basket vaulted the Cougars into the 33-31 lead with 7:11 to go.
But Maytubby’s play down the stretch proved to be big for the Wolves. He had back-to-back baskets – one off an offensive rebound and the other off a drive. He later had a steal and a layup during that game-ending run.