TULSA — It's not that uncommon to see players in tears after a loss at the state tournament.
It is something to see a coach break down and show the same emotion. But that's the kind of special group Edmond Santa Fe boys basketball coach Shawn Schenk said he had this season.
The Wolves were taken out by Putnam City 48-42 in overtime in a Class 6A boys semifinal at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center on Friday morning.
"This was just the best group of guys to be around," Schenk said. "They're a tribute to teamwork.
"If you look at the last four teams left, they have more size than us. But we never stopped fighting. This group was such an inspiration."
That was evident late in the fourth quarter as the Wolves trailed 40-34. With momentum going to the Pirates, Santa Fe scored six in a row, punctuated by a tip-in by Josh Richardson with 20 seconds left.
In overtime, Putnam City's Tre Payne stole a Richardson pass and drove in for the layup to give PC a 46-42 lead with 12 seconds left and seal another trip to the finals for the Pirates.
Putnam City plays Midwest City on Saturday night for the gold ball at the Mabee Center.
As he's done all season, senior Mahlon Jones ignited the Wolves early, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the first half.
"That's just what he's been about all year," Schenk said about Jones. "He's a special kid, and he gets everything out of his ability."