MIDWEST CITY — Okeene’s Scott Dobrinski didn’t score his first two points until 2:35 left in regulation.
The senior went on to finish with 12, including eight clutch free throws, as Okeene rallied to a 46-40 double-overtime win over Red Oak in the first round of the Class B boys state tournament.
Dobrinski’s most important attempt from the line might have been the one he intentionally missed.
With Red Oak leading 35-32 in the final 10 seconds of the first overtime, the Eagles sent Dobrinski to the line. Dobrinski hit the first, but intentionally missed the second and 6-foot-8 big man Hunter Miles grabbed the offense rebound.
“That play really worked out exactly how we said we wanted it to in the timeout,” said Okeene coach Patrick Penner. “All of the free throws he hit were obviously important, but he missed that one exactly how I told him to miss it and it worked out.”
Miles was fouled with 3.3 seconds remaining and hit both free throws, sending the game to a second overtime where Okeene would take control for good.
“You know, there’s really no game you’ll ever play in that can prepare you for that type of game,” Penner said. “We’ve played in some big ones and some close, but with this one being at the state tournament there’s just no way to simulate it. It was fun and great to come out on top.”
Red Oak (22-6) was led by Tyler Parks, who finished with 12 points. Parks just missed a fade-away jumper that would have given the Eagles the win at the buzzer in regulation.
Okeene (24-4) advances to play Lookeba-Sickles at State Fair Arena on Friday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.