JENKS – When Edison made a move, Claremore had an answer. Until the final two minutes.
The ninth-ranked Eagles scored the last 11 points and ended the Zebras’ season with a 68-60 victory in the Class 5A area tournament Friday night at Frank Herald Arena.
Edison made 13-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter, and 20-of-25 for the game, as Claremore’s lead gradually melted away late in the game. The Zebras entered the fateful frame shooting better than 50 percent from the field, but the Edison press forced CHS into turnovers and missed shots.
The Z’s led 51-44 going into the period, but cooled to 2-of-12 shooting. Still, coach Tommy Nolan’s team (18-8) hung on to lead through the first six minutes. Loddie Combs, a 6-foot-2 junior, finally gave Edison the lead 61-60 on a pair of foul shots with 1:38 remaining while the Zebras covered the last 2:24 without a points.
Bray Glenn scored 21 points for CHS with Nate Potts and Carson Hartloff coming off the bench to get 13 and 11 points, respectfully. Quinton Asberry topped four double figure scorers for Edison with 21.
The Z’s came out scorching from the floor and raced to a 14-4 lead after Hartloff’s first-period trey. Edison rallied in the second quarter and grabbed a 23-21 lead when guard Brandon Stuart knocked down a three midway.
Glenn’s triple from the right wing regained the lead for Claremore 24-23 and the Zebras again stretched their advantage. Glenn scored from the lane in the final minute of the half to shove the Z’s on top 33-25 at intermission.
Claremore dominated the third period, building a 41-29 gap on another trey from Glenn and kept the lead at 47-35 when P -bo Wood canned another three-ball at 4:13. Stuart’s three closed out the third with the Zebras ahead 51-44, but the hoop seemed to ignite a surge by the Eagles.
Edison cut the CHS edge to 51-47 early in the fourth on Combs’ long shot and the winners never trailed by more than four the rest of the way, using their accuracy at the free throw line to end Claremore’s season.