CLEVELAND — The Pawhuska Huskies probably deserved a do-over of Saturday’s Class 2A Regional playoff basketball game against the the Hominy Bucks.
Two blown calls in the final minute allowed the Bucks to take a lead that the Huskies could do nothing about. Seven days after losing to Pawhuska in a District title game at Barnsdall, Hominy advanced to the playoff Area round in Claremore … and the Huskies called it a season.
The fifth meeting of the high school campaign between the Osage County rivals brought the Huskies’ season to an end as the Bucks prevailed, 34-31, in an elimination contest at the Cleveland Events Center. Both teams were physically drained from playing overtime games Friday.
After being tied, 16-16, at halftime, the Huskies had pulled away to a 7-point lead in the third quarter, 27-20, but their advantage was reduced to three (31-28) with two minutes remaining. Hominy tied the score and then regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Kolten Reed with 40 secondsto play.
PHS WINS IN OT
Friday afternoon, the Huskies staved off elimination by rallying to an overtime triumph, 59-52, over the Liberty Tigers.
Tyler Wilson scored his first points of the day with buzzer-beating 3-pointer that put Pawhuska in front by two at halftime, 20-18.
Liberty took 8-point leads on two occasions in the third period before Pawhuska battled back to even the score and send it into overtime (44-44). Clutch buckets by PHS seniors Nathan Richardson and William Merrell pushed the Huskies in front, and Ben Gray rebound led to a Wilson trey that made their lead 5 with a minute remaining. Free throws by sophomore Sam West and freshman Easton Kirk sealed the Huskie victory.