Marion’s Avery Cork-ran stole a Goliad inbound pass and scored on a layup with 11 seconds in double overtime to give the Bulldogs a dramatic 63-62 Class 2A bi-district playoff win over the Tigers.
“I’ve never experienced a loss like this one in 27 years of coaching,” Kelley said. “It was just one of those games I thought we had in the bag. It was a shocking loss.”
Dalton Sturm, who led Goliad with 19 points, made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left to put the Tigers up 62-58. But with 13 seconds remaining, Goliad fouled the Bulldogs’ Scottie Brown while he was in the act of attempting a 3-pointer.
Brown, who topped all scorers with 39 points, made all three free throws to pull Marion within 62-61. Then Corkran stole the deflected inbound pass and drove for the game-winning layup.
Sturm then drove downcourt and was tripped up from behind by Marion’s Casey Blakely, but no whistle was blown. Blakely stole the ball with three seconds remaining and held the it until time ran out.
Goliad, which finished the season with a 27-8 record, maintained a lead over the Bulldogs for most of the game and led 14-5 after the first quarter. But after taking a 29-21 lead into halftime, the Tigers could make only six of 14 free throws the rest of the game and Brown scored 25 of his points after intermission to fuel Marion’s comeback.
“We just couldn’t buy a free throw there for a while,” Kelley said.
The Tigers forced a second overtime when Davis Ohrt made a 3-pointer with two seconds left to tie the game at 54-all.
“I’m extremely proud of the guys,” Kelley said. “They fought their hearts out the entire game.”
Goliad’s Jalen Moore added 15 points and Davis Ohrt finished with 11.