The varsity boys remain in the playoff hunt following a pair of exciting district victories over Petrolia and Archer City last week. 

Olney 59, Petrolia 57

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Cubs’ game at Petrolia came down to the wire after Olney  ran out to a big lead in the final quarter before nearly blowing it all.

“We blew a 15 point lead,” Coach Carl Pennington said. 

Tanner Thompson went to the line late in the game and hit two free throws to put the Cubs up by one point. Cooper Pulliam then got a rebound and was subsequently fouled. 

He hit the first shot to put Olney up 59-57 and missed the second to allow Petrolia to run out the clock and give Olney the win.

Thompson led the team with 30 points, followed by Pulliam with eight, Ethen Guerra with seven, Robert Colgan and Riley Rollans with seven each and Tracey Jones with four.

Olney 46, Archer City 45

The Cubs played at home Friday, Jan. 17, and got another win by a close margin.

“Again, we blew an 11 point lead in the fourth quarter,” Pennington said. 

After Archer City closed in on the Cubs, Pennington said the Wildcats hit a big three pointer to go up by two as time ticked away.

“We called a time out and set up a play,” he said. “Cooper hit a three pointer with three seconds left to win the game. It was a clutch shot from way out.”

Thompson led the team with 27 points while Pulliam added five, Colgan scored four and Jones, Guerra, Lane Spivey, Carson Fite and Zack Ballard each scored two.

“We’ve got to learn to finish people off,” Pennington added. “We can’t relax if we want to win district games.”

On Friday, Jan. 24, the Cubs start the second round of district play at home versus Windthorst. Games start with JV girls at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the boys look to avenge their only district loss so far at Seymour. Those games also start at 4 p.m.