Class 3A boys basketball: Millwood completes improbable title run with triple OT win

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.
by Scott Wright Published: March 9, 2013
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photo - Millwood's Chris Crook (10) reaches for the gold ball trophy after the win over Okemah during the state high school basketball tournament Class 3A boys championship game between Millwood High School and Okemah High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Millwood's Chris Crook (10) reaches for the gold ball trophy after the win over Okemah during the state high school basketball tournament Class 3A boys championship game between Millwood High School and Okemah High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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