The bounces didn’t go Pawhuska’s way Tuesday night against Wesleyan Christian School.
The Mustangs used 3-pointers to edge the Huskies, 62-58, at Oren Terrill Field House. However, the outcome would have been different if the Huskies had made a half-dozen or so uncontested layups that rattled around the rim and lipped out.
“We missed a ton of shots from 2-foot out,” Coach Jake Christenson said. “That’s not a talent problem. It’s a first-game of the year jitters thing. We are going to be fine."
The Mustangs pumped through six 3-pointers in the second quarter to take a 31-22 lead into halftime. Kaehl Smith hit two 3s, and Seth Thomas, Austin Cobb, Desmond Thompson and Micah Owens each pumped in a trey.
The Huskies rallied in the third period, outscoring the Mustangs 22 to 9, to take a 45-40 lead into the final quarter. PHS’s Braydon Wilson lead the Huskies scoring barrage with 11 points, including a 3-pointer, in the third.
In the final stanza, the Mustangs found the range from 3-point land. Cobb, Jerrill Martin, Thompson and Smith all made treys. The score was close throughout the fourth. Wesleyan Christian had a 60-58 advantage with 8.7 seconds left.
The Huskies fouled Thompson, who calmly iced both shots from the charity stripe to give Wesleyan Christian its 62-58 victory.
Christenson said the Huskies had trouble with Wesleyan Christian’s press. They will face a zone defense when Pawnee comes to Oren Terrill Field House Wednesday. The boys game will start after the 6:30 p.m. girls game is completed. A scheduled game against Hominy on Thursday night has been canceled.
“We need to clean up our press a little bit,” Christenson said. “More than anything is to clean up the mistakes, but forget about this loss. It was a game where one block out, one missed bump changes the outcome. You have to be happy that you fought from nine down to get back five or six ahead. Now, we have to figure out how to hold onto it."