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January 27, 2014

Memorial falls short at final horn

OKLA. CITY — After dropping Yukon and host Deer Creek in the initial two rounds of the Bruce Gray Invitational, the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs fought to the wire in the championship Saturday night.

With over one minute remaining against sixth-ranked Mustang, Bulldog Kristian Doolittle put Memorial ahead with a conventional three-point play.

But with just six seconds to play, Bronco Jakolby Long unleashed a 3-point shot well beyond the arc. The basket went and Mustang took home the top hardware with a thrilling 51-50 triumph.

“Defensively, we were solid for huge stretches of the game,” said Memorial skipper Shane Cowherd after only his team’s second loss of the season. “Long hit a beyond NBA-range 3 that while we would have liked to have guarded better, was still a shot I want him shooting 10-of-10 times.”

Long led all scorers with 27 points and after the big trey, the ‘Dogs’ Jacob Essman got a shot off that hit the rim with just over a second left in regulation.

“We still got a really good look at the buzzer — and drew an important foul that wasn’t called,” Cowherd said.

Trey Sneed led No. 5 Memorial (11-2) with 16 points and Doolittle reached double figures with 10. Doolittle and Taylor Hicks made the All-Tournament Team.

“Obviously, we have established a culture of success here and plan to put ourselves in positions of success,” Cowherd said. “Against Mustang, we took some silly fouls early that led to a very poor second quarter for us. Taylor Hicks and Terril Bruner were both out extended time due to fouls.

“However, it was nice to have a championship mentality kick in with our backs against the wall ... to climb back in and take a lead going into the final seconds showed me some toughness I have been wanting to see. We still have a high ceiling of growth and that is exciting.”

For the Lady Bulldogs, who took third place with a 50-48 victory over Lawton MacArthur, had both Andee Decker and Jessica Foster made the All-Tournament Team.

Memorial will host Edmond North Tuesday.

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