As my good friend Lawrence E. “Yogi” Berra would say —“Looks like deja vu all over again.”
And this close to Groundhog day, as well.
On Dec. 20, the Howe Bulldogs traveled to Tom Bean and came up on the wrong side of a 48-47 ballgame.
Last Friday night in Howe, same teams, same result.
Tom Bean forward Sheldon Roberson rebounded a missed shot then put it back for a buzzer-beating 48-47 win over Howe. Brice Harvey had scored to put the Bulldogs on top with just seconds left in the contest before Roberson spoiled the proceedings with his basket.
The Bulldogs had rallied in the third quarter to overcome a 31-23 deficit, outscoring the visitors 17-4 in the period, to take a five-point advantage to the final eight.
Easton Ross had 12 points to lead the Howe offense and Harvey added 10 while Griffin Underwood chipped in nine.
The loss cuts the Howe lead over Pottsboro to just one game, as the two teams fight for the final playoff berth.
Tom Bean 21 10 4 13 — 48
Howe 9 14 17 7 — 47
Howe: Easton Ross 12, Brice Harvey 10, Griffin Underwood 9, Michael Kehrer 6, John Jacob Talley 6, Levi Mrozinski 4.
Whitesboro 72, Howe 45
The district-leading Whitesboro Bearcats blistered the nets in the second half on their way to a 72-45 win over the Bulldogs in Whitesboro on Jan. 28.
The Bulldogs made just 4-of-11 free throws in the first half, and you can’t give away that many points to a team as good as the Bearcats and expect to win.
A Levi Mrozinski basket and another by Caleb Ake was about all the offense the Bulldogs could muster in the first period.
Midway through the second quarter, Griffin Underwood scored on a drive to the hoop, then dropped in a 3-pointer to close the Whitesboro lead to five. Underwood finished with 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Whitesboro went on a 10-2 run to close out the first half.
Howe had done a good job in defending Bearcats leading scorer Ryan Schuessler in the first half but the junior guard went off in the second.
Schuessler, the district’s most valuable player last season, scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, most coming in a 14-3 third quarter run.
The Bulldogs did pick up the pace at the free-throw line in the second half, making 6-of-6 in the third quarter.
Michael Kehrer scored two from the charity stripe then cashed in a steal with a layup that kept the Bulldogs within shouting distance. Underwood’s second 3-ball of the night was the only Bulldog score for the next few minutes as the Bearcats went on that extended run.
A 3-pointer by Kehrer opened the fourth-quarter scoring and another 3-pointer by Underwood closed out the first four minutes of the period.
Whitesboro turned things over to its talented bench as the Cat’s rolled to win number 10 in district play.
The Bulldogs will host Callisburg Friday night in a battle for fourth place in the league.
Howe 5 10 13 17 — 45
W’Boro 12 16 30 14 — 72
Howe:(6-16)(4-6)-Griffin Underwood 16,Michael Kehrer 12, Levi Mrozinski 9, Nick Wilson 3, Brice Harvey 2, Caleb Ake 2, Lloyd Spotts 1.