Indians take thrilling Poolville final

December 18, 2013

The Lipan Indians wrapped up play in the Poolville Mesquite Pit Classic with a thrilling 46-45 overtime victory against Nocona Saturday.

Hunter Hightower hit the game-winning 3-point basket as the buzzer sounded.

Nocona had taken a 44-41 lead with 30 seconds to play on a 3-pointer of its own. Then, Lipan hit one of two free throws to pull within two.

The Indians fouled Nocona, and they hit one of two free throws to take a 45-43 lead. Lipan coach Cody Chandler promptly called a timeout and gathered his team.

“The kids listened to everything I told them and executed it perfectly,” Chandler said.

Hightower followed with his only points of the game.

“We probably did things on the offensive end as precise as we have done all year,” said Chandler.

The Indians (4-8) had lost their first three games in the tournament, 62-60 to Paradise, 55-49 to windthorst, and 56-49 to Jacksboro.

“We’ve been in the last five games late but couldn’t get over the hump. Today we did all the right things we had to do to win the ballgame.

“In six of our eight losses we’ve been within two or three points in the fourth quarter, and in four we were tied or led in the fourth quarter.”

The Indians trailed 35-34 going into the fourth quarter. Then, Nocona went into a stall, and Lipan outscored them 3-2 to force overtime.

“Nocona spread it out, which helped us,” said Chandler. “We only suited seven. We had one sick. Them running the clock helped us.”

Boys basketball

Poolville Mesquite Pit Classic

Lipan 12 14 10 13 – 49

Windthorst 10 12 16 17 – 55

Lipan (3-6) scoring – Trevor Hedeman 18, Derrick 13, Joel Rice 7, Jorge Hernandez 5, Brady Nelson 2, Hunter Hightower 2, Joey McFadden 2.

3-pointers – Rice 2.

Lipan 10 12 15 12 – 49

Jacksboro 12 18 15 11 – 56

Lipan (3-7) scoring – Hedeman 19, Ferguson 10, Cook 8, Hernandez 4, McFadden 4, Hightower 2, Rice 2.

3-pointers – Ferguson 2, Hedeman 1.

Lipan 12 14 8 3 9 – 46

Nocona 12 11 12 2 8 – 45

Lipan (4-8) scoring – Hedeman 12, Cook 11, Ferguson 8, Nelson 5, Rice 4, Hightower 3, McFadden 3.

3-pointers – Hedeman 1, Hightower 1.

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