By CRAIG HALL
SPIRO—Devon Perry kept Spiro alive in the quarterfinals earlier in the week with a game-winning basket in a 50-48 win over Howe.
Perry and his teammates capitalized on the second chance as the Bulldogs captured the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament Saturday night with a 51-43 win over Poteau before a packed house.
The win was Spiro’s 25th LCT championship and the Bulldogs’ first since 2008.
In the previous meeting between the two teams on Dec. 13, Perry and the Bulldogs lost their composure and the game, 64-43, at Poteau.
Perry had to leave that game against the Pirates after picking up his second technical.
He stayed around for the entire contest this time and led Spiro with 19 points and was awarded the MVP trophy following the championship win.
After the two teams were tied at 19 at halftime, Perry and the Bulldogs started to seize control of the game. Perry scored Spiro’s first seven points of the third quarter and the Bulldogs outscored Poteau 15-4 in the quarter to build a 34-23 lead.
Perry scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to help Spiro gain control of the game.
The lead eventually grew to 13 before Poteau staged a late rally to pull within six points with 59 seconds left after a steal and layup by the Pirates’ Blake Williams.
Tye Hawkins answered with a pair of free throws for Spiro before Perry and Hawkins each hit one of two from the charity line. Knifeis Carter scored again for Spiro as the Bulldogs’ lead grew to 11 points and the Spiro side celebrated.
Poteau’s Kendrick Hardaway hit a three as the buzzer sounded for the final 51-43 score.
In addition to Perry’s scoring outburst, Carter had 13 points with three 3’s in the first half, including one from way outside as the first quarter ended. Jermaine Jimmerson added 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Poteau, which suffered through a rough night shooting, was led by Williams’ 13 points. Klutts added 11 while Hardaway added nine.