The hot shooting of Siloam Springs guard Reece Goddard caught fire in the second half as the Panthers held off Oologah, 44-41 Wednesday evening in the first-round of the Jerry Oquin Tournament.
Goddard scored a team-high 20 points and Dylan Gray added 16 to lead the Panthers into the semifinals against Verdigris.
Early on, Oologah rode the inside-outside combination of Breyden DeSpain and Levi Potter for a 15-9 first quarter lead.
Oologah’s fierce defense — led by point guard Ezra Deaton — held Siloam Springs to four points in the second quarter and sparked the Mustangs to a 21-13 halftime lead.
Potter and DeSpain combined for 33 points — scoring 20 and 13 — to lead Oologah’s offensive attack.
The second-half, though, proved to be a three-point shooting contest between Siloam Springs’ Goddard and Oologah’s Potter.
Goddard drained four treys over the final 16 minutes, while Potter had three. The four big shots from Goddard proved to be the difference as Siloam Springs outscored Oologah, 31-20 in the second half.
Along with Goddard and Gray, Avery Benson, Roman Lambert and Keetun Pierce contributed with two points each for Siloam Springs.
Kolton Kitterman joined Potter and DeSpain in the Oologah scoring with eight points.