Class 3A boys basketball: Millwood completes improbable title run with triple OT win

It took three overtimes to settle the title game Saturday night, with Millwood finally sealing the 59-53 victory over Okemah at State Fair Arena.
by Scott Wright Published: March 9, 2013
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photo - Millwood's Chris Crook (10) reaches for the gold ball trophy after the win over Okemah during the state high school basketball tournament Class 3A boys championship game between Millwood High School and Okemah High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Millwood's Chris Crook (10) reaches for the gold ball trophy after the win over Okemah during the state high school basketball tournament Class 3A boys championship game between Millwood High School and Okemah High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

But Millwood always had an answer, whether it was in the form of tough defense or clutch offense, like the three free throws Cameron Batson hit late in the first overtime to tie the game.

Drama aside, the gold ball will sit in Millwood’s trophy case just the same, alongside 14 others, tying the Falcons with Tulsa Washington for the most in state history.

After Thursday’s win, when Hugo’s Trey Johnson mistakenly scored in Millwood’s basket at the buzzer to give the Falcons a 38-37 victory, the team began to wonder if a state championship was its destiny.

Maybe it was just supposed to be this way.

“We thought we were blessed,” coach Varryl Franklin said. “We had our break, we had our blessing, so now, let’s go take care of business. That’s the way the kids took it, and I love them so much for that.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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