Huskies down Pawnee in double OT

Chris Day |
Pawhuska players Braydon Wilson, right, and Easton Kirk celebrate after the team's double overtime victory over Pawnee Friday night.

PAWHUSKA — ESPN often labels great games as instant classics, and replays those games several times in the next few weeks. The Pawhuska and Pawnee high school boys basketball teams played an instant classic Friday night at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

It was one of those games that will be discussed over coffee or soft drinks for years to come, and Braydon Wilson’s 3-pointer as time expired to force a second overtime is the stuff that legends are made of.

The game would be an instant classic even if the Huskies had lost, but Pawhuska rallied in the second overtime to post a 75-68 victory over Pawnee.

Huskies Coach Jake Christenson called it a huge win.

“We play so many young guys,” Christenson said after the game. “For them to find a way to get into two overtimes and win is important. It’s not just a Pawnee thing. Pawnee has had our number for a long time. We got better. We grew up tonight.

Where do you start in a game that had everything.

Wilson’s shot seems logical.

Pawnee led 63-60 with 3.8 seconds left in the first OT. Pawhuska inbounded the ball, advancing across the half-court line. The referee stopped play because the clock hadn’t started. After a few minutes of discussion, the referees gave Pawhuska the ball in the forecourt with just 2 seconds on the clock. Wilson threw the ball into Easton Kirk who took two dribbles and tossed the ball to Wilson who launched a 3-pointer. The horn sounded with the ball in flight. If it didn’t go in, Pawnee would win. Wilson’s shot kissed the backboard and dropped through the bucket.

The home crowd erupted into cheers, and a second overtime was on its way.

The Huskies outscored the Black Bears 12-5 in the second overtime to post their first win of the season. Huskies’ Evan Frye did most of the damage in the second overtime, scoring two buckets and connecting on 2 of 4 free throws. Easton Kirk added a bucket. Wilson connected on two free throws as did Matthew Miles.

Frye, who struggled slightly with short shots in the season opener Tuesday, found his shooting touch against Pawnee. He finished with a game high 30 points. He scored 8 of the Huskies 10 points in the second quarter and added 10 points in the third quarter to help the Huskies stay in touch with the Black Bears in those stanzas. The Huskies trailed 21-19 at halftime and 40-38 after 3 periods.

The fourth quarter belonged to Kirk, who went 7 of 8 from the charity stripe, and Wilson who hit two buckets, a 3-pointer and foul shot. The game was tied 56-all at the end of regulation.

Frye finished the game with 16 points, while Wilson added 19.

Pawnee girls 40, Pawhuska 14

The Lady Huskies couldn’t find the range against Pawnee’s zone defense Friday night. Pawhuska was scoreless in the first and fourth quarters. They scored 7 points in each of the second and third quarters.

Pawnee struggled at times too. The Lady Bears scored 10 points in the first and 11 in the second, and led 21-7 at halftime. The Lady Bears found the basket for 19 points in the third quarter, but didn’t score a point in the fourth.

Alyssa Reynolds led the Lady Huskies scoring with 8 points. Taelor Brown led Pawnee with 12 points.


What’s next?

The Pawhuska boys and girls basketball teams are on the road next week. They travel to Woodland Tuesday. The girls game starts at 6:30 p.m. with the boys game following.

Both teams will play in the Agra Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tournament bracket was unavailable Saturday.