The Edmond Sun

Sports

March 8, 2013

Bulldogs win double OT thriller over Owasso

TULSA — Aaron Young picked the perfect time to be a hero. The Edmond Memorial senior waited for the moment his team needed him the most before he hit the biggest shot of his career and helped the Bulldogs pull out a 53-50 double overtime victory over Owasso Friday in the Class 6A state semifinals at the Mabee Center.

“It was crazy,” Edmond’s Shaquille Morris said. “Unbelievable. I never expected two overtimes with Owasso. But they are a real good team and I’m just glad we pulled it out.”

The ’Dogs will play for a state title at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

At times, it looked like the Bulldogs were just playing not to lose instead of going for the win. That included just holding onto the ball the final 1:49 of the second overtime with the game tied at 50-50.

But with 10 seconds left on the clock, Young made his move. He was going to pass it to Jordan Woodard, who was posted up near the paint. However, when coach Shane Cowherd told Young to take it himself, that was all he needed to hear. He drove to the 3-point line, and threw up a shot that was all net with just a couple of seconds left. The Rams were unable to get a shot off before time expired.

“I looked up at the clock and there was six seconds left,” Young said. “I just heard coach say take it. It was kind of crowded around so I just pulled up. It was my first game-winner ever.”

Morris, who was camped out under the basket, had the best view of the entire play.

“When I saw the clock going down, I was sitting down under the rim going please attack the rim, do something with it,” Morris said. “When he shot it, I was just thinking tip back. It went in and I just looked at it as it rolled out the net. It was just perfect.”

Morris may have not hit the game winner, but he kept his Bulldogs in the game with 15 points and 17 rebounds. That includes 8 offensive boards. Tyler Holcomb added 15 points and Young finished with 8.

The Rams were paced by Jaylen Lowe, who had 22 points. Shake Milton added 15 points and eight rebounds. The two combined to hit 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

“I think it was a microcosm of our entire season,” Owasso coach Mark Vancuren said. “These guys have given every ounce of ability they have from the beginning of our season starting back with the first game against Union until now. I think these guys have given the maximum they can give. I am proud of them. You’re 1.4 seconds away from triple overtime. Very close.”

Owasso and Edmond traded blows and leads throughout the first three quarters and went into the fourth period tied at 32-32.

With the Rams playing zone to keep the ball away from Morris, it allowed Holcomb to get several good looks from behind the arc and for Sam Kreutzer to drive into the lane for lay-ups.

Whatever shots the Bulldogs missed, Morris was there to clean up the mess. That included Holcomb missing a fastbreak layup and Morris flying in from nowhere to put it back in with a dunk. That gave the ’Dogs a 40-34 lead with 2:30 left.

The Dogs held a 42-38 advantage after Woodard threw an alley-oop dunk to Morris with 1:50 left in the game. But Milton came down and hit a 3-pointer to close the lead to one point.

After Woodard hit a free throw, the Rams’ Michael Anderson came back with a layup with 48 seconds left to tie game at 43-43. Edmond had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Woodard’s off-balance shot was off the mark.

The game was tied 46-46 in overtime before Adrian Ellis hit a pair of free throws for Owasso. Tyler Holcomb missed a 3-point attempt, but Morris tipped it back in to tie the game.

Owasso held for a final shot, but Milton lost the ball. This gave the ’Dogs another shot to end the contest. Woodard’s shot was off, but Morris got to it first. He put it back up before the buzzer sounded, however, the ball trickled off the rim, sending the game into double overtime tied at 48-48.

“I think it shows our resiliency,” Young said. “Down by seven at halftime. We’ve been in these games before. I think it shows our strength and heart.”

For the second straight year, the Bulldogs will play for a state championship at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Last year they let the title slip out of their grasp. They do not plan to make the same mistake again.

“I’m going to have it all in the tank,” Morris said. “Something you guys have never seen before. I am going to give it my all.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 042114 OCS-Cas01.jpg SLIDESHOW: OCS Saints travel to Casady

    The Oklahoma Christian School Saints built a 5-run lead in the first two innings at Casady Monday afternoon, and held a 5-3 advantage until the wheels fell off in the sixth inning and the Saints gave up six runs en route to a 9-5 loss.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • spts-Will Kropp line up putt.jpg Edmond’s Kropp holds off Cabrera to win in Cordoba

    William Kropp, a 24-year-old rookie from Edmond, managed to hold off local favorite Ángel Cabrera to win the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by FiberCorp Sunday.
    His victory at the Cordoba Golf Club, in Cabrera’s hometown of Villa Allende, was his first in just five career starts on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
    “My plan for the first half of the Tour season was to get adjusted to traveling across the region and playing new courses,” said Kropp, who had finished in a tie for third only three weeks ago in Guatemala. “It’s really a great bonus to win a tournament as important as this one early in the year.”
    Kropp finished at 8-under par 276, one shot ahead of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters champion. Cabrera was trying to win the tournament for the ninth time in his career and he was also seeking to become the first three-time champion on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond residents partake in Boston Marathon

    More than 35,000 runners participated in today’s Boston Marathon. Several were from Edmond. Their finishing times and overall place according to results posted by the Boston Athletic Association at baa.org were:

    Boyett, Ken: 3:24:21; 7,591
    Cherry, Steven: 3:10:27; 4,240
    Domina, Christie: 3:50:43; 15,473
    Gregg, Gary: 3:20:58; 6,694  
    Hendrickson, Gina: 3:10:03; 4,152
    Judd, Kevin: 3:19:40; 6,374
    Pillow, Jonathan: 2:47:53; 775   
    Rupel, Patrick: 2:59:08; 2,180  
    Tucker, Noel: 4:13:58; 20,277
    Williams, Michael: 3:41:38; 12,905

    April 21, 2014

  • spts-EN Gia Nellius race against time.jpg Edmond North perfect in district soccer standings

    The Edmond North Lady Huskies are an untarnished 4-0 in district after smothering Putnam North Thursday 5-nothing with their defense once again.
    It was Gia Nellius who broke out with four goals. Nellius was the beneficiary of a pair of assists from Abbey Bright and another from Shanna Rolfs. Nellius booted home one shot unassisted.
    Rounding out the Edmond North scoring was a Haley Felix goal.
    The Lady Huskies venture to Choctaw Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Lady Yellowjackets.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
    “We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
    “I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.

    April 18, 2014

  • spts—UCO Kalynn Schrock smirk.jpg UCO’s Schrock earns NFCA Pitcher of Week honor

    Central Oklahoma’s Kalynn Schrock has been selected the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.
    The senior left-hander from Choctaw had a dominating performance in the circle last week, going 3-0 with a save and an 0.48 earned run average. She gave up just 10 hits in 29 innings while striking out 32 as opponents hit just .106.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCU takes confidence into SAC men’s golf championships

    Oklahoma City University enters the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday and Tuesday at Tascosa Golf Club’s LaPaloma Course coming off an historic performance.
    In the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, the Stars shot a program-record 265 in the first round en route to setting OCU records for strokes under par in a 36-hole tournament at 29 on April 7-8 at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City.
    OCU takes aim at its fifth SAC championship in a row. The Stars won the program’s 17th SAC title in 18 years at Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club. OCU owns 21 league championships, 19 in the SAC.

    April 18, 2014

  • spts-ESF Neil Knight.jpg Wolves claim runner-up crowns

    The Edmond Santa Fe boys track team flexed its muscles in the hurdles and distance races while the Lady Wolves used improved performances in the relays as both teams came away from the April 11 Putnam City Invitational with runner-up trophies. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-LU Stan Holt head men's basketball.jpg Langston University names new head coach for men's basketball

    Langston University has named Stan Holt as head coach for the men’s basketball team.
    “We are excited and pleased to welcome Stan Holt — he is young and eager,” said Mike Garrett, Langston athletic director.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Photos