By SHAWN YORKS
The Guymon Daily Herald
HUGOTON — Hugoton senior Ross Davis hit a short lay-in at the buzzer to lift the Eagles to a 70-69 win over Guymon in the opening round of the Blue and Red Classic.
But for three quarters on Thursday night, the Guymon Tigers looked unstoppable against the Hugoton Eagles in the opening round of the Blue and Red Classic. Looking to recover from Tuesday night’s loss to Liberal, Kan., Guymon took a few minutes to find its groove, trailing 8-7 midway through the first quarter.
Then Jovan Ochoa put Guymon ahead 9-8 with 3:41 left in the first to start a run that saw the Tigers (1-2 overall) take as much as a 16-point lead in the first half, only to see it slip away in the 70-69 loss.
The Eagles chipped away at Guymon’s lead in the third, outscoring the Tigers 20-8 to cut the Guymon lead to one at 44-43 before Carter Nash nailed one from beyond the arc to put the Tigers up 47-43 entering the final frame.
Wade Heger cut it back to one to open the fourth, but Nash answered from the line for Guymon. Parker Titus nailed a trey to tie it at 49 and, after Guymon’s Derek Portillo hit two free throws to give the lead back to Guymon, Jeison Rodriguez tied it again. Kristian Hinojos hit from the line to make it 53-51, and Rodriguez hit the second of two free throws to make it a 1-point game again.
Guymon would maintain the lead behind Angel Vega and Portillo, but Titus tied it for Hugoton, and a steal and a hoop by Kellen Watkins gave Hugoton its first lead since the first quarter.
Hugoton would twice go up by as much as five behind Davis and Rodriguez, but Bradyn Hawkins would keep the Tigers close, and Hugoton had some trouble from the free throw line.
Ochoa hit two free throws to make it a 1-point game with 24 seconds left and after Logan Frederick went 1-for-2 from the line, the Tigers got the ball back, down two.
Nash responded, draining a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to put the Tigers up 69-68. Hugoton got the ball downcourt, and one shot for the win missed, but Ross Davis got the offensive rebound and put it back in at the buzzer, sending the Hugoton team onto the court in celebration.
Portillo led Guymon with 18, Nash added 17, Hawkins 13, Hinojos 9, Ochoa 6, Seth Sanders and Vega 3 each.
Logan Frederick led Hugoton with 19, Kellen Watkins and Parker Titus 11 apiece, Ross Davis 8, Rodriguez 7, Yates Sutton and Wade Heger 5 each and Reid Davis 4.
Hugoton plays Lakin, Kan. at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the main gym. Lakin downed Gruver, Texas 74-72 last night. The Tigers play Gruver at 8:15 in the auziliary gym.