Hunter Mullins and Hunter Harrison sank three free throws in the final 33.7 seconds to lift the Hilldale Hornets to the 56-52 victory against the Checotah Wildcats in the Large School boys consolation game at Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gym on Thursday night.
“I like how we finished and we made those free throws at the end,” Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers said. “Hunter also came up with big rebounds for us.”
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets.
Harrison finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Mullens had five points.
Bill Muse, Jr. added 10 for the Hornets, who improved to 4-7 for the season.
The Hornets had an 8-0 scoring run in the second quarter to take a 25-16 lead with 4:11 left. Hilldale led 32-25 at halftime.
Checotah dropped to 7-4 for the season despite Braylon Warrior’s 24 points, 16 of that coming in the first half. Cameron Pipe added 12 for the Wildcats.
Hilldale plays Webster at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Muskogee High School, while Checotah gets Hale at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hilldale.
TULSA WEBSTER 63, TULSA HALE 59 — Anthony Wilson had 26 for Webster and Devaunta Thomas had 17 for Hale. —Nick Hampton,
PORTER 66, GRAHAM 43 — Got flu? The Porter Pirates do.
Starters Jacob Richardson and Cody Winkle rode the bench to start the game, and even though Richardson did eventually put in some minutes, the Pirates really didn’t need him as they rolled over the Graham Chieftains 66-43 in the Small School Boys consolation semifinals Thursday night the Muskogee Civic Center.
“We were kind of anxious to see which guys would step up and play some better minutes for us,” said a relieved Pirate head coach Jason Jack. “I thought Wendell Brown and Clint Miller played extremely well. Wendell was doing some things for us that he doesn’t necessarily get to do when our regular guys are in the game and Clint is trying to work his way back into the starting lineup after some illness and injury.”
Brown was one of four Pirates (9-2) in double figures for the game, netting 11 points while Brandon Fowler led the way with 12 points and Miller and Kevon Bates chalked up 10 points each. Richardson, the two-time Phoenix MVP, played some in the second and third quarters and scored nine points.
“I would say that Jacob’s at about 50 percent,” said Jack. “I really hadn’t planned to play him, but he had an energy drink before the game and felt better. He just came in to primarily calm us down and give us an emotional lift.”
The Chieftains (1-13) led 7-4. But the Pirates then went on an 11-0 run, thanks in part to 10 Graham turnovers, and ended up leading 15-7 after the first quarter.
It was 26-16 with 2:45 until halftime when the Chieftains went almost seven minutes with out scoring and fell behind 40-18 with 3:00 to go in the third.
Porter plays Summit Christian at 10:30 p.m. at Muskogee High School for fifth place and the consolation title. Graham and Santa Fe Charter play for seventh at 10:30, at Hilldale High School. —Nick Hampton, correspondent