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Class 2A boys basketball: Latta's Jake Collins leads Panthers to victory

Senior goes 8 for 8 from field and scores 25 points in 65-41 win over Chouteau.
BY SCOTT SHARP For The Oklahoman Published: March 8, 2013
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photo - Latta's Trent Storts celebrates the Panthers' win following the 2A boys high school basketball game in the semifinals of the state tournament between Latta and Chouteau at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 8, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Latta's Trent Storts celebrates the Panthers' win following the 2A boys high school basketball game in the semifinals of the state tournament between Latta and Chouteau at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 8, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Latta Panthers weren't perfect in their 65-41 win over the Chouteau Wildcats, but senior Jake Collins was, at least from the field. The Panther big man was 8 for 8 shooting including a 3-pointer and was 8 for 9 from the free throw line to give him a season high 25 points. Collins' first and only miss on the night came on the second of two free throws with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter.

“I have never had a night like that before,” Collins said after the game. “It was just one those magical nights. I was just focused on the next possession and trying to get us one step closer to victory.”

Latta junior Brady Johnson was 5 for 7 from the field with three 3-pointers. Johnson and Collins helped the Panthers to a 39-20 halftime lead. Chouteau fought their way back, cutting Latta's lead to 48-41 in the fourth quarter before Panther guard Kade Hayes nailed two consecutive 3-pointers to put the game away.