Woodward, Okla. —
The Boomers won an early-season matchup of unbeaten boys basketball teams at Boomer Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Taylan Iliff scored 28 points and Ty Richey 15 to lead the Boomers in a 73-68 win over Elk City.
Woodward improved to 3-0 on the season while Elk City lost for the first time in 5 outings.
Luke Lewallen led Elk City with 34 points.
The Boomers led throughout but Elk City stayed close and got even at 55-55 with 6:38 remaining in the game.
Woodward responded with a 9-0 run over the next 3 minutes and led the rest of the way.
Iliff started the surge with a bucket off an inbounds play and had 6 points in that stretch and Richey 3.
Elk City rallied again though with 5 unanswered before Iliff rebounded a missed free throw and scored to make it 66-60.
Woodward maintained a 6-point lead with 28.5 seconds left as Garrett Owen hit a pair of free throws. Rogers buried a trey for the Elks with 17 seconds left, but free throws by Iliff and Owen in the last 12 seconds sealed the win.
The Boomers led 29-24 at halftime and maintained a working advantage through much of the third period. Elk City closed to within two and had the ball, but a steal and two free throws by Owen put Woodward up 53-49 going into the fourth quarter.
Kaleb Roach added 13 points and Owen 9 for the Boomers.
The Boomers are off until Jan. 7 when they start an extended road trip with a game at Clinton.
In the girls game, the Boomers led much of the way but couldn't finish as Elk City scored the game's final 13 points to win 46-41.
Woodward had an 8-point lead on several occasions in the fourth period before going cold from the field.
The Boomers fell to 0-3 on the year while Elk City is 4-1.
Hillary Hurst and Amanda Covalt had 10 points each to lead the Boomers.
Makayla Harrison and Hannah Anderson had 12 each for the Elks.
Woodward's next game is Jan. 7 in Clinton.
Elk CIty 46, Woodward 41
Woodward - Newby 6, Covalt 10, Smithton 5, Pope 7, Hurst 10, Garner 3.
Woodward 73, Elk City 68
Woodward - Hixon 6, Roach 13, Iliff 28, Owen 9, Ludwyck 2, Richey 15.