Haworth 49, Oktaha 41
If a player is remembered for his last game, then Oktaha’s Blake Pittman would like to forget the 2A, Area IV consolation semifinal against the Haworth Lions.
Pittman didn’t score as the Tigers, ranked No. 6 in the final Okrankings.com poll, ended their season at 23-6.
“He didn’t take that many shots (nine, to be exact) and they did a good job keying on him,” Oktaha coach Jim Glover said. “We played them in the playoffs last year and they knew what he was going to do. He distributed the ball well, but his shots just didn’t fall.”
The senior was in tears as he walked into the arms of his father Chester Pittman when he came out of the locker room with a towel over his head.
“I couldn’t get into a rhythm,” he said later while waiting for the girls game to start. “I didn’t care if I scored or not. It’s not about me. I was just thinking about winning at all costs. I’ll always remember this game, but I’ll also remember all of the good times I had with these guys.”
Dustin Leach and Christian McIntosh led Oktaha with 12 points each. McIntosh had a game-high nine rebounds.
Burchtal Griffin, Jr., led the Lions with 17 points while making nine of 10 free throws in the second half. Oscar Rivera added 14.
Oktaha was within one, 41-40, with 1:16 left in the game. The Lions got free throws from Hayden Grimes and Rivera in the last 46.1 seconds to take the victory.
The Tigers led 20-18 at halftime as Leach’s basket with 54.3 seconds left was the difference.