|01/14/19 - |
MCALESTER — A double technical foul with .2 seconds left in the game actually helped the Ada Cougars knock off archrival McAlester 60-57 in an overtime thriller Tuesday night inside the Bob Brumley Gymnasium.
Ada, ranked No. 13 in Class 5A, improved to 6-3 on the year, while McAlester dropped to 1-8.
McAlester’s Zach Lerblance and Ada’s Tanner Gilliam got chest to chest after the MHS player caught an inbounds pass. Gilliam slapped at the ball, and things escalated from there.
Technical fouls were called on Gilliam (his fifth foul) and McAlester’s Hayden Souther with .2 seconds showing on the clock.
Lerblance made 1-of-2 free throws to put McAlester ahead 51-49. Trey Havens then made two free throws for Ada to tie the game at 51-51 and force overtime.
The Cougars scored the first five points in the extra period, but McAlester knotted the game at 56-56 on a 3-pointer by Jacob Lane.
Ada’s Cody Smith followed with a basket and a free throw to put Ada ahead 59-56 with 27.1 seconds left in OT.
Jake Shannon added a free throw of his own with 17.6 seconds remaining that put the visitors on top 60-56.
Lerblance was fouled behind the 3-point line with 9.5 seconds left. However, he made only one of his three shots to account for McAlester’s final point.
Jaxson Robinson led the Cougar offense with 13 points, while Gilliam followed with 12. David Johnson scored 11 points for Ada, including three triples. Smith also reached double figures with 10 in the balanced AHS effort. Havens scored eight points, including two threes, for Ada.
Lerblance erupted for a game-high 24 points for the Buffaloes in a losing effort. Lane added 11 points and hit three 3-pointers for the hosts.
The Cougars play Durant at 8:30 p.m. tonight in the first round of the 2019 East Central Oklahoma Classic.