Derek Cowan knows how to celebrate senior night.

Putting together a solid all-around performance in his final game on the House of Thrills hardwood, Cowan led the Bulldogs to a 57-53 victory over Oil City Tuesday night in Region 5 action.

Cowan popped in 13 points and recorded team-high nine rebounds and seven assists.

“I told Derek afterwards it was his best game of the year,” said Meadville coach Norm Price.

Without a doubt.

With Cowan’s leadership, MASH (10-11, 4-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged Saturday’s 43-39 loss to Oil City.

The difference in the games? Price explains:

“Home court. We’ve won four games in the region and they have all been at home. We got off to a better start, too. We played with a lot more energy.”

In Oil City’s win, the Oilers’ 6-foot-7 center Matt May was overpowering underneath with 27 points and 16 rebounds.

Not the case in the rematch.

Price inserted 6-5 junior Adam Barba in the middle of MASH’s 2-3 zone and May wasn’t as dominant — 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“Putting Adam in the middle made a big difference,” said Price.

Prior to the game, Meadville’s seniors — Cowan, Toney Phillips and Rob Shartle — were honored. Phillips was presented a basketball from Price for surpassing 1,000 points in his career.

The ’Dogs then went to work.

Spreading the ball around, the Bulldogs — with four players scoring — jumped out to a 9-6 lead after 8:00 of action.

MASH made its decisive move in the opening minutes of the second period.

Cowan and Barba bombed in consecutive 3-pointers and Phillips scored on an offensive rebound as the Bulldogs ripped off eight unanswered points to take a 17-6 lead with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

Barba also was a force on the defensive end with three blocked shots.

With 51 seconds left in the first half, sophomore guard Ray Hamilton swished a 3-pointer from the left corner to give MASH a 24-13 halftime lead.

Meadville was a two-man team in the third quarter as Hamilton (seven) and Phillips (five) combined for all 12 points — pushing the Bulldogs’ lead to 36-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Barba had another pivotal block in the fourth period.

After Hamilton sank a 15-footer, Barba recorded his seventh blocked shot of the game — setting up Cowan’s 13-footer as the ’Dogs increased their lead to 46-35 with 2:48 left in the game.

The Bulldogs then had a mild letdown.

Hitting four 3-pointers in the final 2:33 of action, Oil City outscored Meadville, 18-11 to make the final outcome a four-point margin.

Cowan was 4-for-4 at the foul line and sophomore Josh Gregor netted both of his freebies.

Phillips also had a strong home finale with team-high 20 points and nine rebounds.

“Toney has played really well down the stretch,” said Price. “People tend to forget that Toney had a knee injury at the beginning of the year and missed all preseason.”

’Dog Bones: Phillips now has 1,039 career points ... Hamilton also hit double digits with 17 ... Hitting three 3-pointers, Willie Winger led Oil City with 14 points ... In junior varsity action, Meadville — led by Samer Newsome’s 18 points and Gregor’s 16 — edged Oil City, 45-44. On Saturday, the ’Pups also beat the Oilers by one, 49-48 ... Meadville will finish its season Thursday at Sharon.

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