Westmoore had made a habit of scraping out wins this season. With 11 seconds left in the game Friday it looked like they were on their way to another one in the first round of the regional tournament.

But an unlikely Lawton Wolverine was able hit a clutch shot to knock off the Jags 64-61 at Eisenhower High School.

“It’s eating at my heart,” Westmoore’s Matt Mobley said. “When you put your effort into something that’s real hard, and you know that it still isn’t enough, you just feel like it eats at your heart. You don’t know what else to do.”

The game was for the taking down the stretch. With LHS leading 61-57, the Wolverines’ Graylon Robinson was called for a technical after fouling Dustin Nickel. The Jags had a golden opportunity to take the lead.

Nickel hit two-of-four free throws and got Westmoore within two. Charles Howard then knocked in a lay-up on the ensuing play to tie the game at 61-61 with 11 seconds remaining.

“I thought we would go into overtime,” Louis Marshall said. “I was hoping we would go into overtime. But things didn’t work out.”

The momentum was squarely on the Jags’ sideline. But the Wolverines had Michael Ruffin on theirs.

“I told my kids in that last timeout just make sure we contain penetration,” Jags coach Robert Foreman said. “Don’t allow anything in the post. If they are going to hit a shot, make sure they hit a guarded shot.”

That was fine with LHS. Ruffin came and drained the game-winning trey with three seconds left. Despite not playing in the previous 31 minutes, LHS coach Eric Wiley had complete faith in Ruffin.

“It came down to the last play and we ran it perfectly,” Wiley said. “Ruffin is a shooter. He is one of our best 3-point shooters. We just told him if the ball comes to you, shoot it.”

Mobley and Tony Carter led WHS with 13 points each. Marshall added 10.

Lawton’s Michael Campbell was the game’s high scorer with 17.

The Wolverines’ fastbreak caused Westmoore fits throughout the game. LHS ran on missed shots and made baskets, not allowing the Jaguars to set up a defense.

It looked like the pace Lawton wanted to play at was one the Jags were not accustomed to seeing as LHS led 18-10 to end the first quarter.

But, sparked by the play of Carter, Marshall and some tenacious defense, WHS staged a comeback in the second period and closed to within one at 26-25.

However, turnovers allowed the Wolverines to stretch its lead back to 32-25 at halftime.

Mobley, who had a terrible first half, came out stroking in the second. He posted 10 points in the period to pull Westmoore to within one at 44-43.

“When I first came out, my mind was set on basically just scoring,” Mobley said. “I was really thinking that if I scored then my team would come out with the win. And I got a little nervous because I wasn’t scoring a lot. Then once I let the game develop and start coming to me and just start being patient with the basketball.

“Second half I just came out and played my game.”

However, the Jags couldn’t complete the comeback and had to watch its season end on a low note.

“I feel badly for the seniors having to go out with a loss,” Foreman said. “And having to go out with only an eight-win season. But we return a strong nucleus for next year. I think our future is bright if we can get them to buy into the team concept.”

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