Claremore senior guard T.J. Wood finally broke out of his 3-point shooting slump with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Wood’s 3-pointer put Claremore ahead 31-30 and eventually sparked the Zebras to the 51-45 win over Tahlequah.
The win over the Tigers improved Claremore to 8-10 on the season.
Wood, who finished with 10 points, opened the fourth quarter with his second trey of the game and then knocked down two free throws to push Claremore’s lead to 36-30.
Tahlequah, though, wouldn’t go away without a fight as Hunter Smith buried a baseline jumper and then converted two free throws to tie the game at 38 with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Claremore sophomore forward Hutch Helbig carried the Zebras from start to finish, scoring a game-high 18 points.
Helbig’s play down the stretch helped Claremore sweep the series from Tahlequah.
Though Claremore trailed Tahlequah, 19-18 at halftime, the Zebras outscored the Tigers, 33-27 in the second half.
Claremore’s free throw shooting in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Zebras were 9-of-14.
Along with Helbig, Wood tallied 10 points and Chris Dominguez had nine. Jeff Oxford also finished with seven.
Clint Kelley led Tahlequah with 12 points and Coleman Craig added nine.