After scoring just eight points through the first three quarters, Obi Muonelo dominated the final two minutes to propel Edmond Santa Fe past the Stillwater Pioneers’ upset bid, 63-59, Tuesday night.

Muonelo hit a three-pointer at the two minute mark in the fourth quarter to give the Wolves a one-point lead they would not relinquish. He then added a steal with 1:33 left and was fouled when he went up for a layup, and converted both free throws. Then, with 29 seconds remaining, he rebounded a missed Stillwater free-throw attempt and hit Drew Haymaker with a long pass for the assist, as Haymaker's bucket put the Wolves up 61-54.

"We went and got the win when we needed to," said Wolves head coach Guy Hardaker. "Obi hit the big shot when we needed him to."

The Wolves took a one-point advantage into the break, but couldn't put away Stillwater until the game’s final minute.

"We just coudn't get a lead on these guys. It seemed like we were behind the whole game. Stillwater is not very big, but they played harder than any team we've faced all season," said Hardaker.

The Wolves’ head coach said that his team is taking everyone's best shot.

"We've had a lot of critics because we haven't won by 20 or 30 points every night out. Last week, we beat Edmond North by 13 points and everyone thaought it wasn't good enough," said Hardaker. "Things will change a lot when we have our big man (Epke Udoh) back in the lineup. He's able to change so many shots with his wing-span. But, you know we've won six games without him. How many teams can say they've won six games without their big-man?"

Hardaker said that it wasn't out of question that Udoh could be back in the lineup for the Tournament of Champions next week.

Muonelo led all scorers with 19 points, Haymaker scored 10 points, while Victor Siedel and Chance Hardaker added eight points apiece.

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Stillwater 54, Edmond Santa Fe 48 (girls)



The Stillwater girls basketball team handed Edmond Santa Fe its first loss of the season Tuesday night, as the Lady Pioneers took advantage of several late free throws to put away Paul Bass' team, 54-48.

The Lady Pioneers used a 17-4 run to start the second half, as Stillwater's Lauren Dickey hit three treys during the run to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Christina Yarbrough, who was plagued by foul trouble in the first half, fueled a late Lady Wolves’ charge to cut the deficit to only four points mid-way through the fourth. Santa Fe had two opportunities late in the game to cut into the Lady Pioneer's lead but failed to convert 3-of-4 free-throw attempts in the final minute.

Stillwater's Lacey Payne, who had 16 points on the night, ended the Lady Wolves’ comback attempt when she picked up a loose ball with 30 seconds remaining and hit a layup to give the Lady Pioneers a 50-44 lead.

Payne picked up another loose ball moments later and dished to Dickey for the final points of the game.

Dickey led all scorers with 26 points, including four three-pointers. Stephanie Stewart scored 16 points for the Lady Wolves, Yarbrough chipped in 10 points, while Alex Richardson had eight points and six blocks.

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