A game fitting for the rivalry that is Marlow and Comanche, the Outlaws are back in the Stephens County Tournament Championship game beating the Indians 50-48 this past Thursday.
The Outlaws jumped out to a small lead early in the first quarter when they went on a 7-0 run starting off with a three pointer from Jace Gilbert.
Comanche’s first basket came from Noah Henderson at the 3:40 mark of the first quarter when a three from Chandler Bowen cut the Outlaws lead to two points before Marlow got more ground with some baskets.
Leading 11-7 heading into the second quarter, Seth Aguilera and Nate Herchock had a big quarter to put the lead to double digits heading into halftime.
Henderson started to help get the game back in favor of Comanche by hitting three long range shots and both teams scored at will to bring the game within four points and an exciting finish.
Comanche would get their first lead of the game after a technical foul was called on Marlow with JJ Francis going to the line and shooting four free throws banking all of them to take the one point lead.
Henderson hit a three to give them their largest lead of the game at five points, but the Outlaws had a big three from Gilbert to get back within one point with Comanche leading 44-43.
The Outlaws tied the ball game up at 45 apiece when the Outlaws got a bucket from Avery Payne to take the lead with Bowen hitting a three to take a one point lead.
Outlaws would seal the game with two free throws, but it wouldn’t go down without one last second shot from Comanche trying to grab the victory over Marlow.
Henderson, with three seconds left in the game and out of the timeout, received the ball and took the shot with the ball going in and out of the rim and as the buzzer sounded the Outlaws fans were yelling in excitement.
Gilbert led the Outlaws in scoring with 12 points while Jamison Holland had 11 points and the Indians were led by Henderson who had 17 points and Francis had 15 points in the game.
This is the third time that the Outlaws will be in the championship game and they will take on No. 1 seed Velma-Alma and the Indians will play in the third place game against the Davis Wolves.
Tip-off for the Marlow-Velma-Alma Championship game will be at 8 p.m. this evening at Comanche High School where the third place game will take place at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at Comanche between the Indians and Davis Wolves.