You can’t argue with destiny.
Millwood’s record-tying 15th state championship was its most improbable an unexplainable of all.
The Falcons would have been eliminated Thursday if not for Hugo’s increasingly more famous wrong-basket shot. Then Millwood needed two overtimes and a last-second tip-in to defeat two-time defending Class 3A champion Centennial in Friday’s semifinals.
And 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.
“This has been wild. It’s been a roller-coaster,” Millwood senior Chris Crook said. “We’ve just been having to fight. It’s just been crazy. It feels real good though. We worked hard, and now we can call ourselves state champs.”
Michael Mays scored 19 points and Ashford Golden had 17 points and 10 rebounds — along with a crucial block late in the third overtime — to lift the Falcons (20-9) to the victory.
Golden also had the buzzer-beating tip in to beat Centennial Friday night.
“God is good, that’s all I can say,” Golden said. “This kind of thing pushes you to be the best player you can be. We saw that tonight.”
Okemah’s Austin Guinn scored a game-high 21 points, hitting several clutch shots in the fourth quarter and overtimes before fouling out. Okemah concluded the season at 26-4.