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Hooker loses heartbreaker to Millwood PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 March 2017 07:57

By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

KINGFISHER, Okla.— The Hooker Bulldogs rallied late and had two tries to tie the game in the final seconds, but never got a shot off as Millwood knocked the Bulldogs from the Class 2A Area Tournament, 50-48. 

Tanner McBee hit a corner three with 21 seconds left to get the Bulldogs within one point, 49-48. Millwood then made one of two free throws to go back up by two. Hooker got possession trailing by two with 7.8 seconds left. Hooker could not get a shot off, but were given a second chance when a loose ball went out of bounds off of Millwood with 2.1 seconds left to play. But Millwood intercepted the inbounds pass, and celebrated the victory. 

alt“Extremely disappointed,” Bulldogs Coach Chad Hussey said. “After our first quarter we became very undisciplined and it cost us. We gave ourselves a chance at the end, but it’s just really disappointing.” 

Hooker had rallied in the final five minutes just to even have an opportunity to win or send the game to overtime. A 13-0 run by Millwood left Hooker trailing, 43-35 with 5:17 left to play. Adding to the Bulldogs problem was that Dawson Metcalf had just fouled out of the game. Metcalf was called for his final three fouls in a span of 3:25. 

But Hooker fought back as six different Bulldogs scored in the final minutes. Hooker was forced to put Millwood on the line, where they made 5 of 8 in the final 1:18 to hold on for the win. 

Hooker started the game on fire. Hutton Parsons opened the game with corner threes on the Bulldogs first two possessions. Metcalf hit a three and Parsons hit his third as Hooker took an 18-10 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter, and led 22-16 at the end. 

Millwood began to pressure the Bulldogs defensively, and for the first time all season long, Hooker did not handle the press well. Hooker scored just five points in the second as Millwood knotted the game up at 27 at the half. 

“We didn’t handle their press, and we’ve handled everybody’s press,” Hussey said. “We looked like we’d never seen a press before. We went into hiding.” 

Hooker took the lead again with an 8-3 run capped by a banked-in shot on the drive by Metcalf that put Hooker up 35-30 with 3:09 left in the third. 

Hutton Parsons and Dawson Metcalf each finished with 11 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. Cory Fischer added 8 and Tate Cathcart had 7. 

Hooker finishes the season 22-5. 

“We’re going to miss our seniors,” Hussey said. “I appreciate them. I’m disappointed for them.”

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