Late free throws doom ER boys

Sage Lamebull drives the baseline against Guthrie. (Photo by Glen Miller)

 By Glen Miller

Guthrie hit two free throws with four seconds left as the No.21 Bluejays held off a late rally by El Reno High School’s boys basketball team for a 43-39 victory.

The loss left El Reno, ranked No.11 in the same Class 5A poll, with an 11-9 overall record. The Indians dropped their final two games in Suburban Conference play to close with a 6-6 record.

Justin Harris slides past a GHS player to get off a jumpshot. (Photo by Glen Miller)

 

El Reno trailed by seven points, 39-32, with 1:37 to play before Michael Jones hit the front end of a two-shot trip to the foul line with 1:26 left.

Bryon Elledge followed with a driving layup with 50.2 seconds to make it a four-point game. On the ensuing Guthrie possession, Elledge stole the ball at mid-court and raced to the frame for an uncontested layup to make it a 39-37 game with 34.1 seconds left.

 

Guthrie answered the 5-0 run with two free throws with 30.3 seconds to play. El Reno’s Sage Lamebull countered with a layup off an assist from Elledge with 21.2 seconds left to again make it a two-point game.

El Reno had a chance to tie the game when Lamebull blocked a shot that led to a Guthrie turnover with 10.2 seconds showing. However, Jones was unable to handle a high pass near EHS’ baseline and the Indians turned over the ball – forcing Rodney Haydon’s team to foul.

The ending was indicative of the game which was tied at 7-all after one period. El Reno got a 3-pointer from Justin Harris and a turnaround jumper from Josh Bushyhead late in the second period but still found itself in a 16-all stalemate at intermission.

There were six ties and four lead changes in the third period. El Reno evened the score at 26-all on a Jones jumper (3:12), then again at 28-all on two Bushyhead free throws with 1:57 left.

However, El Reno would miss its final six shot attempts of the frame to go into the final eight minutes down 32-28.

Justin Brown, who fouled out with 2:49 to play, was the only El Reno player in double digits with 10 points, three assists and a rebound. Jones closed with eight points, five boards, two assists and a steal.

Bushyhead scored eight points and grabbed three boards off the bench, while Lamebull finished with six points, four boards, four assists and a steal.

Elledge added four points, four assists, a rebound and a steal to the losing effort, while Harris had four boards and an assist to go along with the lone 3-pointer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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