The top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe boys had one last chance in Saturday night’s championship game at the Jenks Invitational, but couldn’t squeeze out a win. With just one second left the Wolves inbounded the ball with a lob to Josh Richardson, but his shot rolled around the rim before falling to the floor as Tulsa East Central held on for a 52-51 double overtime win.
“That was one of the best high school games been a part of,” Santa Fe coach Shawn Schenk said. “Our guys didn’t shoot well tonight, but they played their hearts out. I’m just really proud of team. East Central is one of the best teams in the state.”
Senior Drew Hall pulled the Wolves (12-1) within a point when he hit a layup with four seconds left. Corey Martin then came up with a huge play as he knocked the ball away from an East Central player’s hands, dove on the loose ball and called timeout with just one second left. The Wolves then appeared to have the win when Richardson put up a fade away shot, but it wouldn’t drop.
“Corey Martin made the play of the game there,” Schenk said. “It was just a great individual effort to come up with the loose ball and call the timeout.”
Mahlon Jones led the Wolves with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Richardson, who was named to the all-tournament team, had another double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. A.J. Anderson also stepped up with 10 points and five rebounds as did Michael Onuoha and the Santa Fe bench.
Richardson sent the game into the first overtime period when drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation. The Wolves then had a chance to pull out the win in the first overtime, but couldn’t get a shot to fall.
“It’s a tough for first loss,” Schenk said. “We’ve won all the big games at home and it was a test to see how play on the road against good teams. We had chances to win it but I’m really proud of kids and how they responded.”
Santa Fe returns to action Tuesday night to take on rival Memorial at home.