Okemah had the ball for the final shot to win the game at the end of the first two overtimes, but never came away with a clean look.
“After Thursday, we really started to think that maybe we were supposed to win it,” Batson said. “God does things in different ways.”
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.
“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.”
Hugo's Trey Johnson, the player who mistakenly scored in Millwood's basket at the buzzer to give the Falcons a 38-37 victory, hasn't been forgotten in the process.
“Our prayers are with him and his family,” Franklin said. “I know it's tough, but people are coming together around him. That's Oklahoma. He's got a great coach (Darnell Shanklin) and a supportive program. I know he'll be OK, but our prayers are still with him.”