Wister boys rally to down Keota at GVC Tournament, while Cameron, Howe boys post wins

ARKOMA — Things weren't looking too good for the Wister Wildcats basketball team in the boys opening-round action Tuesday night of the inaugural Green Valley Conference Tournament at the Arkoma Gym.After seeing a first-quarter lead evaporate by halftime and still trailing going into the final period, the ’Cats used a strong fourth quarter to rally for a 62-57 win over the Keota Lions.The other two boys opening-round games saw the winners beat their opponents fairly handedly as Cameron knocked off Arkoma 58-39, while Howe downed Panama 77-61.Friday night's semifinals are set as Cameron will play McCurtain, which got a first-round bye, at 6:30 p.m., followed by Howe and Wister at 8 p.m. Panama and Keota will play in the consolation semifinals at 5 p.m., with the winner meeting Arkoma at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the consolation championship. The Panama-Keota loser will be eliminated from the tournament.Girls action will resume today and tonight. Tonight's semifinals will have Howe and Keota in a battle of Lady Lions at 6:30 p.m., followed by Arkoma and Panama at 8 p.m.The winners will meet for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday, while the losers will play for third place at 3 p.m. Saturday.The lone girls consolation semifinal will be at 5 today with Cameron meeting Wister, with the winner facing McCurtain at noon Saturday for the consolation championship. The Cameron-Wister loser will be eliminated.