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POCOLA â€” The two Class 2A District Tournament title games Saturday night at the Pocola High School gym were carbon copies of themselves. Each winner used a fourth-quarter rally to claim victory.
The host Indians, who trailed 43-35 after three periods, outscored the Sallisaw-Central Tigers 20-10 in the final quarter to post a 55-53 come-from-behind victory in the boys district title game.
Unfortunately for another local team, a fourth-quarter rally doomed them. Down 23-18 after three quarters, the Lady Tigers, who the night before eliminated the Pocola Lady Indians 52-38 on Friday night, clawed their way to a 31-28 district-title win over the Panama Lady Razorbacks.
The Indians (16-8), who eliminated the Panama Razorbacks 68-36 on Friday night, will play Oktaha at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Class 2A Regional Tournament at Panama. The winner will not only play for the regional title at 8 p.m. Saturday in Talihina, but will also automatically qualify for next weekâ€™s area tournament in Wilburton.
The Lady â€™Backs (14-9) will play an elimination game against Quinton at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional tournament in Panama.
The Lady Razorbacks must win three games in three days to make it to next weekâ€™s Class 2A Area Tournament in Wilburton.
The seasons came to an end for the Razorbacks (12-11) and the Lady Indians (8-16) with Friday nightâ€™s losses.