South Central High School survived a last-minute Kiowa County comeback to come out with a 68-62 overtime victory for third place in the Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association Tournament.


South Central High School survived a last-minute Kiowa County comeback to come out with a 68-62 overtime victory for third place in the Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association Tournament.
    “It did not need to be that way, but it was,” South Central head coach Derek Hubbard said. “We changed things up a little bit (at the end). We hadn’t shown a box-one until the overtime period and we went to it and I think that was the key to victory. It gave them a couple different looks and we were able to hit some foul shots when we needed to.”
    With under a minute left in overtime and South Central up by three, Timberwolf freshman Nathan Brooks made a steal and fellow freshman Stetson Underwood made a free throw to make it a two-possession game.
    “We all grew up,” Hubbard said. “Those young guys grew up tonight. It was a big stage, an atmosphere they haven’t played in yet. I am proud of all of them. Like I said, we just found a way to win.”
    When it looked like the game was over for Kiowa County, the Mavericks made a game out of it. South Central led 56-42 late in the fourth, but Caleb Davis made three 3-pointers in the final 1:30 and a layup at the buzzer to force overtime.
    South Central’s Joey McCleary and Clay Jarnagin each had a chance to put the game away from the free-throw line at the end of regulation, but McCleary missed two free throws and Jarnagin another in the final minute.
    When McCleary had a chance to put the game away in overtime, he didn’t miss, making all four of his free-throw attempts.
    Jarnagin led all scorers with 26 points, McCleary added 19 and Austin Mounts had 12 for South Central.
    Kendall Watson led Kiowa County with 21 and Davis added 19.
    “We just kind of lost track of him,” Hubbard said about Davis’ performance. “He was pretty quiet all game long and I think we just broke down defensively and gave him some open looks. Good shooters like Caleb — once you give him an open shot, their pretty much automatic and you saw that. I knew we were in for a battle once he started hitting.”