MALCOLM – The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team upset Freeman 45-41 in overtime in the C2-4 Sub-State Final from Malcolm in action aired on 107.9 the Bull Monday night.
The Jaguars hit a layup just before the first buzzer to take a 10-5 lead after the first quarter, and then led 20-16 at halftime.
Freeman outscored Howells-Dodge in the third quarter, and the game was tied 27-27 after the third.
After a short run in the fourth, the Jaguars led at one time by eight points, the largest margin for either team in the game.
Howells-Dodge was up 36-33 late in the fourth when the Falcons hit a three pointer to tie the game at 36-36 at the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Jaguars made 5 of 7 free throws in the extra period while outscoring the Falcons 9-5, and went on to claim the upset victory 45-41. Howells-Dodge was the #13 seed heading into the game while Freeman was the #4 seed.
“We already gave our end of season speech when we lost to Wakefield, we knew it was a long shot to get the wildcard, and I don’t think anybody wanted to feel that feeling again,” Howells-Dodge head coach Kevin Janata said. “We just said at pregame you guys gotta go out there and you have to play with no fear, you just gotta leave it all on the line and have no regrets win, lose or draw at the end. Just know that you gave it everything you got.”
The Jaguars are making their first state tournament appearance since 2014.
Unofficially, Howells-Dodge will play BRLD in the first round next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Northeast in the 1/8 seed game.