COWETA - Lance Soap gave the Sequoyah Indians the lead in the final minute, then finished of the game with a free throw with under nine seconds to play to give the Indians a 71-67 win over Coweta at Tiger Fieldhouse.

Coweta started off on fire as Kris Patrick and Travis Sipperly combined for 18 of the Tigers’ 24 points in the opening eight minutes to take a 13-point lead at 24-11 at the end of the first quarter.

The Indians came back with the shooting of Soap as he scored 13 of the Indians’ 19 second quarter points to cut the Tiger advantage to 36-32 at intermission.

In the third the Indians trailed by double digits, but were able to trim the lead to seven at 54-47 going into the final eight minutes of play.

Soap then took over as he tied the game at 62-62 with 3:05 left and T.J. Hooper put the Indians on top 65-64 with a free throw before he fouled out of the contest with 1:46 remaining.

Soap once again gave the Indians a 67-65 lead with 50 seconds left in the game on a driving layup and increased the lead to 69-65 with another bucket with 23 seconds remaining. Coweta closed the gap to 69-67 and they had a chance to tie the game, but Travis Sipperly missed a jumper with 11 seconds left and Soap grabbed the rebound to seal the deal. With one more chance the Tigers attempted to inbound the ball and Soap was there again to steal the pass and preserve the game.

Soap led the Indians with 27 points, as Hooper joined him in double figures with 12. Kyle Littlehead was next with six, Neal Ponkilla added five, Jesse Factor had four, Zach Goodrich and Mike Soap each scored three and T.J. Scott and Jason Travis each added two.

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