The Oklahoma Apes of Wrath barely held off a strong rally by Washington University’s Contra to win in the final round of pool play at the Ozark Conference Tournament, 11-10.
The Apes looked to be in firm command of the game early on as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead and kept that advantage to a halftime score of 6-3.
In the second half the Contra’s veteran leadership stepped up their game at the same time Oklahoma’s short bench and tired legs started to catch up with them. Led by Zach Lou and Luke Ding, Contra kept their hopes alive with several layouts on both sides of the disc.
The tenacity on both sides of the disc allowed Washington to tie the game at eight all and Oklahoma appeared to be on the ropes. However, Oklahoma was able to barely hold it together and the two teams ended up trading downwind points to 10-10.
With the game hard-capped, Oklahoma utilized a misstep in Contra’s switch d to easily score the game winning point.
“We dug deep and found the desire to win in the end. You just have to find it in yourself,’ said Oklahoma captain Kevin Christian.
With the win Oklahoma takes second place in the B pool.