By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla. — In the long history of Beaver High School basketball, there have been many exciting moments.
Add Friday night to that list.
The hero in the latest chapter in Beaver Duster lore was Tanner McFarland. Down 48-47, McFarland grabbed a loose ball under the Rolla basket, ran the length of the court and hit a leaning jumper with six seconds left to give the Dusters a Homecoming victory in the Duster Dome.
A final free throw made the score 50-48.
McFarland had earlier been crowned Homecoming King.
“I got both wins tonight,” McFarland said. “We just pulled it off in the end. I’m glad he fouled me, I made the free throw. It’s a fun win.”
“Tanner made a heckuva play to get his hands on the ball,” Beaver head coach Brian Stalder said. “He comes down and gets the 3-point play to finish it off. It was a really nice play out of a kid that really deserves it. He fights awful hard every night for us.”
That Beaver was even in a positin to win it might have been a surprise to many in th dome. Rolla dominated most of the game.
The Pirates were up by eight late in the third quarter and had led by as much as 12 in the second quarter.
Beaver wasn’t making its shots while Rolla was. That, and Beaver’s leading scorer, Samuel Becker, got in early foul trouble, eventually fouling out with 3:54 left in the game.
“I knew (Rolla was) capable of playing really well,” Stalder said. “They had some weapons, when they got a lead, they spread it out, it was tough for us. I give them a lot of credit.”
The Dusters beat the Pirates in the Rolla Tournament earlier this season and the Pirates got in foul trouble in that game.
“We knew they had the potential,” McFalrand said. “They came out, they didn’t foul as much,so it was hard. But we worked hard and we pulled it out at the end.”
The rally began in the third. Down 26-18 coming out of the lockerroom, Beaver (13-6) cut it to 4 on baskets by Samuel Becker and Cole Trippet. But Rolla answered, and was back up by eight before the Dusters scored the last three baskets of the third. Becker hit two and McFarland the other as Beaver was down 34-32 entering the final frame.
The Dusters tied it on the opening play of the fourth when Becker got a steal and a hoop.
But the Pirates again responded as Kyle Hall score five straight to give Rolla a 39-34 advantage.
Then Beaver made its final push.
Down 41-36, the Dusters took the lead thanks to Becker, who hit two from the floor and two free throws to give Beaver a 42-41 lead.
Rolla responded with baskets by Bragen Denton and Demetrius Edmondson to give the Pirates a 45-42 lead.
Trippet cut it to one for Beaver, but Edmondson nailed a trey for Rolla and it was again a 4-point Pirate lead.
Allan Butterfield nailed a monster 3-pointer in response with 1:12 left. Rolla’s Hall missed a free throw, but Beaver missed a shot with 19 seconds left, giving it back to Rolla and setting up McFarland’s heroics.
“We overcame some adversity, not getting out to the start we wanted to and getting in some foul trouble,” Stalder said. “Samuel fouled out, we could have hung our heads.”
Becker led Beaver with 17 — all in the second half — Trippet added 10, McFarland 8, Kalen Gabel 8 hard-fought poitns in the paint, Butterfield 5 and David Rivera 2.