Option C provided the game-winner for Oklahoma Bible in the Boys’ Silver final at the Northeastern A&M High School Basketball Tournament.
Matt Siebert drilled a jumper from the right elbow with 4.5 seconds remaining, giving the 2A No. 2 Trojans a 62-61 victory over Afton.
“That was not a designed play,” coach Devon Schafer said. “We had a couple options and neither one came open. We found the open man. That’s what we teach them to do. It was a wide-open shot and a good play for him.”
Afton (12-5) had taken a 61-60 lead with 24.1 seconds left when Ryan Markes nailed a 3-point goal, also from the right elbow.
“We called a set play and actually the point guard initiated it,” Afton coach David Markes said. “We had the trailing shooter behind him and he knocked it down. We got what we wanted there. We just couldn’t get a stop at the other end.”
“I was really worried because that was my side — I let him shoot the ‘3,’” said Siebert, a 6-4 junior forward. “That (his game-winner) was pretty much a free-lance play.”
Afton had pulled to within a point with 5:53 remaining when Shawn Free nailed a pair of free throws.
However, Oklahoma Bible (12-3) went on a 7-2 run that bumped its lead up to 57-51 at the 2:26 mark. Afton’s only points during that span were a pair of free throws by Tony Jarvis.
Free throws got the Eagles back into the game, this time when Coy Crane and Free nailed two each. That narrowed the gap to 57-55 with 1:38 to play.
A jumper from the middle of the lane by Siebert was countered by a trey from Ryan Markes creating a 69-58 margin.
Brandon Bixler created a 60-58 lead for the Trojans, only to have Ryan Markes come through again with his long bomb.
“It was a case of bad luck and too many offensive rebounds for them,” David Markes said.
we’ve got to do a better job boarding against them. Their size presented some problems for us. We’ve got to get in better position to block out and control their high-low game.
“They do a good job — they are a really good team. We’ll probably see them on down the road.”
Crane scored 22 points and Ryan Markes added 21 for the Eagles, who led 35-32 at intermission. They were joined in double figures by Free, who added 15.
Austin Davis paced OBA with 22 points. Siebert netted 18 and Colby Ratzlaff chipped in with 10.
“We’ve had a lot of different guys come up big for us game after game,” Schafer said. “Tonight he (Siebert) did. At different parts of the game, all of them had big plays.”
Afton is idle until Friday, when it travels to Welch for Lucky 7 Conference play.