With 32.5 seconds left, David love put the Irish up 62-61 at the charity stripe. Moore got the ball for the final shot. After almost turning it over, Davenport got off a mid-range jumper at the buzzer that was off the mark.
“Just miss communication on our part,” Davenport said. “Just our fault. We have to work on that in practice Monday and get it straight so it won’t happen again.”
Love paced Bishop McGuinnes with 20 points. Will Leinhard scored 14.
Wilson led the Lions with 19 points. Butler added 17. Dorian Gigger was held to single digits, but he made on impact on both ends of the floor.
“It was a tough game,” Irish coach Tondrell Durham said. “They are really good. I wouldn’t want to play them in the p layoffs. They have some good pieces. I tell you what, if I was a college coach, I would at least look at Gigger’s grades and give that kid a chance. He’s a good player. We did a good job of locating him.”
The Lions have five games left in the regular season. That includes facing Norman North Friday and the No. 1 team in 6A Midwest City Feb. 5. The Lions hope to keep the lessons learned from its loss to Bishop McGuiness as they get ready for the postseason.
“It was tough,” Davenport said. “We were so close. The No. 1 team in 5A and we were sticking with them the whole time playing as a team. Just have to move on to the next one.”
Ponca City 51, Southmoore 41 (3rd place)
After going into halftime tied, the SaberCats were outscored 15-9 in the third quarter and were unable to make a run in the fourth.
Darius Hodge paced Southmoore with 11 points. Justin Bean scored 7 and Preston Smith added 6.
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