Hooker boys lose in OT to Boise City; Wildcats capture girls title PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2010 13:06

By Phil Sandoval

Sports Editor

TEXHOMA - In his younger days Trey Sparkman probably had to endure a lot of kidding about the first syallable of his last name.

But in this case the name fits.  When Boise City needed a spark the Wildcats senior would deliver.

His 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in overtime, gave the Wildcats their first lead of the extra period against Hooker. After watching Sparkman’s shot fall in, Boise City used the serge of momentum that came from basket to earn a hard-fought 50-46 victory .

As important as that play was, it wasn’t the only time Sparkman had rallied the troops.

In the waning seconds of regulation of a 44-all deadlock, Sparkman blocked a potential game-winning 3-point try of the Bulldogs Michael Wiebe to set up the dramatics that followed.

In the third quarter, two Sparkman 3-pointers pulled Boise City back to a 32-30 deficit after trailing by eight at the start of the period.

Despite all the dramtics, it was Hooker who drew first blood in overtime.

Blake Kennedy gave the Bulldogs a 46-43 lead when teammate Gil Figueroa dove in-between a sea of players for a loose ball in the paint, then dish it back to a waiting Kennedy who pounded in a shot from behind the arc.

The basket was the only points Hooker scored in the overtime period.

All Tournament pick Todd Munsch pulled Boise City to within one of Hooker on a duece a minute after Kennedy’s trey. He led all scorers with 20 points.

Another 60 seconds of play passed before the Wildcats regained control of the ball on a midcourt steal with 1:02 left.

Head coach Arlen Harris called time out to set up a play. He chose Sparkman.

Good selection.

The game-deciding shot was Sparkman’s fourth, 3-pointer of the game. Three of those came in the second half.

That display of marksmanship put the display of Hooker’s Gil Sanchez on the backburner, who had four, 3-pointers in the second quarter. He was one of three Bulldogs to finish in double figures. Weibe scored 13 points, followed by Sanchez and Payson Slater, who had 12 and 10, respectively.

 

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