EARLSBORO – Josiah McPerryman's scoop-shot layup at the buzzer lifted the Wetumka Chieftains to a 66-64 overtime victory over the Earlsboro Wildcats Thursday afternoon in Class A regional consolation play on Jim Walling Court.
McPerryman's game-winning score came after he tied the game at 64 for Wetumka with 54 seconds left on a put-back shot.
In between those two buckets each team committed a pair of turnovers.
The loss ended Earlsboro's season at 12-17.
Lucky Yahola fired in a game-high 26 points and McPerryman netted 23 as the Chieftains overcame a 14-point deficit early in the third quarter.
The spark behind Wetumka's comeback were five second-half 3-point baskets, including three from McPerryman, along with critical free-throw misses by the Wildcats. From the fourth quarter through overtime, Earlsboro was only able to convert just 8-of-18 free-shot opportunities. One of those missed tries came off a lane violation.
The Wildcats were also plagued by 25 turnovers on the day.
Brady Sheets, who finished with 13 points for Earlsboro, did nail a pair of clutch free throws with 1.4 seconds to go, sending the game to overtime.
Cody Skaggs paced the Wildcats with 16 points while going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and Dante Hall tossed in 15 points, including a pair of treys, as he was 6-of-10 from the floor.
Hall hustled for eight rebounds and recorded five steals for Earlsboro and Sheets collected eight boards, a pair of steals and a blocked shot.
Ryan Long chipped in six points, six rebounds and a steal to the Wildcat effort before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Cory Poe supplied four points and three boards off the bench for Earlsboro.
The Wildcats, with a 13-11 edge after one quarter, appeared to take control of the contest, scoring nine straight points to open the second period off a Sheets old-fashioned 3-point play and back-to-back long-range treys from Hall and Skaggs to make it 22-11 with 6:03 to go before the break.
Earlsboro went on to a 12-point halftime lead, 36-24, after Sheets canned two free shots with five seconds remaining.
But after the Wildcats opened a 40-26 advantage early in the third, Wetumka outscored Earlsboro by a 14-2 margin in the final 3:32 to pull within one, 42-41, heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, neither team held more than a 3-point lead.