MOORE — Colby Smith has thrived on down-to-the-wire heroics.
The 6-foot, 1-inch senior hit a closely-guarded inside shot with nine seconds to play Saturday, giving Prague a 53-51 victory over Blackwell in a Class 3A regional elimination contest.
“That was Colby’s fourth buzzer-beating shot of the year,” said Prague coach Nate Greer. “He’s so mentally tough.”
Friday night, Smith made a steal and ensuing layup with 15 seconds remaining to tie Alva in regulation. The Red Devils went on to capture a 67-64 win with Smith netting four points in the overtime.
Saturday, Smith led the Red Devils (18-9) with 16 points, including four 3-point field goals. Prague collected 10 treys as Isaiah Bias had four and Blestin Miller notched two.
Bias finished with 12 points and Miller had 11. Bias also made a steal after Smith’s game-winning shot.
“No one thought we would have 18 or 19 wins, let alone get to an area tournament,” Greer said. “Everyone has been all in and the bench does a great job of keeping everyone positive.”
Prague will launch area play at 8 p.m. Thursday against Riverside at Western Heights.
Alva 53, Prague 46
The Lady Red Devils dropped their first game of the postseason as Alva won the fourth quarter, 17-7, in a winners’ bracket matchup.
Alva largely prevailed because of its advantage at the charity stripe. The victors hit 16-of-21 free throws while Prague was 7 of 11
Alva canned 10 of 11 charity tosses over the last eight minutes.
Peyton Jones of Alva was the game’s leading scorer with 27.
Prague (22-4) received three 3-point field goals and 19 points from senior Adisyn Auld. Diana Manning collected 11 points and Taylor Hodges added nine, including two treys. Manning had one trey.
“We just couldn’t overcome the foul difference,” said Prague coach Benny Burnett.
The Lady Red Devils will test Crooked Oak at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in area play at Western Heights
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.