By Nick Hampton
Oooh so close.
Creed Flowers’ tip attempt at the end of regulation went half way down the basket but came back out forcing overtime. And the Bacone Warriors lost the extra session and the Red River Athletic Conference game to Texas Wesleyan’s Rams 66-63 Monday night at the Palmer Center.
It was a good news, bad news situation for Warriors coach Alan Foster.
“The good news is that this was the best effort we’ve had for an entire game this season,” he said. “The bad news is that it took us until Jan. 7 to get it.”
The Warriors and Rams fought tooth-and-nail with the biggest lead being a 37-31 Bacone advantage with 14:33 to play. The lead changed hands five times over the next five minutes.
But that’s when the Warriors went cold from the free-throw line, hitting just three of 10 from the charity line down the stretch. The contest was decided from the stripe as the Warriors were 11 of 24 (46 percent) for the game while the Rams cashed in on 24 of 32 (75 percent).
With the score tied 56-56 all at the end of regulation, Bacone scored in the first 15 seconds to go up by two. But Dallas Jones knocked down a 3-pointer and a jump shot in quick succession to put the Rams up 61-58. Another Texas Wesleyan bucket with 1:15 left made it a five-point Rams’ lead and Bacone was never able to get closer than three in the overtime.
“We had good effort tonight against a very good opponent and I truly believe that once we can win one, it will be a different story the rest of the season,” said Foster.
Kwame Bates led the scoring for the Warriors (1-11, 0-7) with 16 points while Christian Smith had 14 and Jeremy McClain added 11. Jones and Teance Walton both had 14 for the Rams (11-5, 6-4).
TWU 77, Bacone 46
After playing the Lady Rams close for a half, the Lady Warriors went into the ice box in the second half scoring just 17 points in the losing effort.
With Texas Wesleyan (13-3, 9-1) leading 31-29 starting the second half, the Lady Rams ran off a 13-5 streak to jump out to a 44-34 lead which they slowly increased over the balance of the half. Bacone (3-9, 2-6) was just seven of 35 from the field in the second half (20 percent) and none for five at the charity line to seal their fate. They also gave away 21 points off turnovers to the visitors.
Sophomore Kayla Denton was only Lady Warrior to crack double figures with 13 points including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Kasyla Fields and Toeisha Cooper shared scoring honors for the Lady Rams with 18 points each.