The Whitesboro High School basketball teams both opened the 2013 Rock Island Conference Shootout with wins, but one of them was a nailbiter.
In a battle of Bulldogs on Thursday in Kinta, Whitesboro handled Clayton 64-39. However, the Lady Bulldogs had to go double overtime to defeat Buffalo Valley 44-38 Thursday in Buffalo Valley.
Both Whitesboro teams made it to the semifinals at their respective sites on Friday. The â€™Dogs played the host Eagles in Kinta, while the Lady Bulldogs faced Red Oak in Buffalo Valley.
The title games will be at 6:30 (girls) and 8 (boys) tonight at Wilburton High School, while the third-place games will be at 3:30 (girls) and 5 (boys) this afternoon at the Wilburton gym.
The Leflore Savages came extremely close in knocking off Class B's second-ranked Red Oak Eagles on Thursday in Buffalo Valley. After leading for three quarters, the Eagles were able to fly past the Savages for a 43-34 victory, but Leflore held Red Oak to its season-lowest offensive output.
The Savages played Buffalo Valley in Friday's consolation semifinals, and a win will put them into the consolation finals at 2 this afternoon in Wilburton.
Leflore's girls suffered a 56-5 loss to the Red Oak Lady Eagles. However, due to an injury, the Lady Savages will have to forfeit out of the tournament due to lack of players.