In two previous meetings this season, Foyil had steamrolled Oklahoma Union by 81-37 and 64-27 counts.

Saturday night, there would be no such encore routs.

But Foyil’s boys still won by a double-digit margin, despite Oklahoma Union’s delaying tactics.

The Panthers sat back and watched Union hold the ball for seven minutes of the third period and then went on to record a 39-24 victory in the Class 2A high school basketball district tournament on the Cougars’ home floor in South Coffeyville.

Foyil sprinted out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter.

Despite a small run by the Cougars in the second period, Foyil still took an 18-12 advantage into the second half.

That’s when things turned interesting.

Foyil spent most of a minute looking for a good shot and finally converted. For an eight-point lead.

Over the next seven minutes, Union coach Brad Hall was comfortable with holding the ball, playing a modern game of “keep away.”

His Cougars took the final shot of the period, as seconds ticked away.

They missed.

“It was an interesting night,” Foyil coach Jason Ward said. “There were two shots taken in the whole third quarter.

“I’ve never seen that.

“Two shots. No turnovers. No fouls. No whistle. An eight-minute quarter. They just pulled it out and stood there.

“His fans were mad.

“I was just content to sit back and say, ‘All right, even if you do score, you’re still going to be behind.’

“We stood down there the whole quarter with our hands on our hips.

“Then, there in the fourth quarter, he finally had to start playing a little bit.

“We ended up scoring 19 points and putting it away,” Ward said.

“We played decent ... when we played ... when he let us.

“I think he knew he couldn’t beat us. He just didn’t want to get beat by 50.”

Taylor Antle scored 17 points to lead what offense the Panthers could muster. Eric Murray contributed five assists and Tyler Ridgway collected seven rebounds.

The victory sent Foyil and its 14-7 record into the regional tournament on its home court Thursday. The Panthers will meet Fairland, 53-28 district winner over Quapaw, at 8 p.m. Thursday. The winner advances to Saturday’s final at Oktaha.

The Foyil girls dropped a 58-41 district decision to Oklahoma Union Saturday night.

Union had defeated the Lady Panthers twice during the regular season, 68-42 and 67-47.

The Foyil girls will play Fairland, 28-21 loser to Quapaw, in a 1:30 p.m. elimination game Thursday at Foyil.







OKLAHOMA UNION 58, FOYIL 41

Girls

Foyil 8 7 21 5 — 41

Oklahoma Union 15 12 14 17 — 58

Foyil — Kristen Marang 15, Murray 11, Brown 8, Snyder 7.

Oklahoma Union — Benson 14, Stacy 10, W.Gibson 10, K.Gibson 10, Ott 6, Wheat 6, Davis 2.



FOYIL 39, OKLAHOMA UNION 24

Boys

Foyil 14 4 2 19 — 39

Oklahoma Union 2 10 0 12 — 24

Foyil — Antle 17, Kersey 8, Murray 5, Ward 5, Mount 2.

Oklahoma Union — Rogers 10, Gunn 10, Swalley 2, Stacy 2.