KIOWA — The Stuart Hornets showed how quickly they could erase deficits late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game.
Once the game got to overtime, the Kiowa Cowboys gave the Hornets as little time to work with as possible.
Tristian McMath shot 7-for-8 at the free throw line in overtime, with all of his shots coming in the final 40 seconds of the game, to help the Cowboys beat the Hornets 71-65 on Tuesday in Kiowa.
Kiowa forward Brycen Overton won the jump-off to start the four-minute overtime, then quickly got the ball to Clay Doyle, who advanced it across the half-court line. Doyle then ran off more than 80 percent of the overtime, rarely doing more than just standing in the corner with the ball in his hands.
“He was doing exactly what we wanted,” Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said of Doyle.
“I have experienced guards, and we’ve run those sort of things all year and have the last two years. They’re getting good at that little delay game, and they did a pretty good job executing.”
Doyle eventually got the ball to McMath, whom Zack Murdaugh finally fouled with 38.6 seconds left in overtime. McMath sank both free throws, then Kiowa got the ball back because of the intentional foul.
Murdaugh fouled out putting McMath on the line again, and McMath again sank both to make it 66-62 Cowboys.
Stuart lost its next possession on traveling, and Doyle made one of two free throws to make it 67-62 before Derek Beck sank two for Stuart to cut Kiowa’s lead back to three.
But Kiowa went right back to McMath, who sank two more free throws with 26.6 seconds left, grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and sank another to make it 70-64 Kiowa with 14.4 seconds left. McMath finished with 14 points, all of which came in the fourth quarter or overtime.