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.”