BOKCHITO – Rock Creek is getting closer to playoff form after knocking heads with the 19-4 Coleman Wildcats in a 50-46 Mustang loss on Friday.
The Mustangs fell behind often but always found a way to make the game close. Down 12-7, a Bronson Burns three and Leo Roper’s layup off of a steal tied the game before an 11-2 Coleman run.
The Wildcats took a 25-17 lead into the break, and padded it in the third to 38-27 despite good effort from Ethan Mitchell of the Mustangs. Mitchell would play hero again in the fourth, when his breakaway layup got Rock Creek within seven.
David Dill hit a jumper and Toby McIntyre got a three to rattle in, and suddenly the Mustangs only trailed by four. But Coleman scored five straight and took a nine point lead into the final minute.
Rock Creek got a couple of late threes, including one by Burns which made the score 49-46 with six seconds left. Lucas Hamilton went 1-for-2 at the line after an intentional foul against the Mustangs to ice the game.
“Rob (Frederick) did a good job, they execute and play hard,” said Coleman Coach Bobby Weil. “Our guards have to be able to handle the basketball a little better, but I thought we played well in the first half.”
The Wildcats will open a potentially deep playoff run by visiting Earlsboro on Saturday.
“I’m proud of the way we’re coming together,” said Rob Frederick, coach of the Mustangs. “We are learning to finish. We’re preparing for the playoffs, and I think we’ll be able to make a strong push.”
Rock Creek finishes the regular season Tuesday in Caney before a re-match with county rival Achille on Friday to start the district playoffs. One hitch: The game will be held in Turner, some 60 miles west of Bokchito.
Scoring leaders (Rock Creek): Bronson Burns 12, Toby McIntyre 11, Ethan Mitchell 8, Cameron Hammond 6, Leo Roper 5, David Dill 4. Coleman: Lucas Hamilton 17, Colton Stephens 10, James Hicks 9, Hunter Evans and Jess Hicks each with six.
Rock Creek girls 40, Coleman 17
The Lady Mustangs dominated front to back and put on a defensive clinic in a Senior Night win over Coleman.
Harlie Heflin led all scorers with 14. Devyn Johnson had six, Shaina Holland five, Kaci Haislip and Macy Eiler scored four each, and Beth Burns and Angelica Marsh had two apiece.
Kami Sharp led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points.
It was an emotional night for Mustangs fans, as nine senior athletes were honored. The injured Adree Young received a starting role, took possession of the ball and received a standing ovation before leaving the game.
Other senior athletes honored in a pre-game ceremony included David Dill, Sawyer Halcomb, Devyn Johnson, Ashley Mitchell, Dylan Powell, Leo Roper, Haily Taylor, and Kasey Whittington.