STILWELL — The Poteau Pirates could not overcome an early deficit as they lost a NOAA Conference game to the homestanding Stilwell Indians by the score of 43-37 on Monday night.
The Pirates fell behind 12-10 after a period to the Indians, who increased their lead to six points, 25-19, at halftime.
The Pirates outscored the Indians 10-6 in the third quarter to cut the deficit back to two points at 31-29 going into the final period.
However, the Indians outscored the Pirates 12-8 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Pocola 56, Howe 52: In Howe, Omar Qamoun’s basket with 12 seconds left in the game broke a 52-all tie for the Indians.
The Lions had a chance to tie the game with 5.4 seconds left, but missed two free throws. Pocola’s Preston Hobbs got the rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to seal the deal.
The Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a layup by Lance Standridge with seven minutes left in the opening period.
The Lions responded with a 14-0 run to take a 14-6 lead. Howe had a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
Hobbs hit a 3-point basket with a second left before halftime to get Pocola a 21-20 lead the break.
The Lions, who had a 37-36 lead after three periods, got the lead to six points at 42-36 midway through the final period, but the Indians’ late charge snatched the win for the visitors.
Heavener 68, Mena, Ark., 54: In Heavener, the Wolves bounced back from a rough Wilburton Tournament last weekend with a home win in the first of back-to-back nights of home games.
The Wolves jumped to a 16-13 lead after a period en route to a 32-23 advantage at halftime.
Mena cut the deficit to 43-36 after three periods, but Heavener outscored the opposition 25-18 to get the win.
Roland 63, Spiro 41: In Spiro, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one period, but the Rangers outscored them 26-15 in the second quarter, 11-1 in the third and 17-7 in the final period to win going away.
Stigler 55, Talihina 49: In Talihina, the Panthers jumped out to a 10-6 lead after a period and never lost their advantage.