After securing a playoff berth with a win over Boys Ranch Feb. 5, the Sunray Bobcats suffer two back-to-back losses at Gruver Friday, and at home on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The Bobcats dropped a close one at the buzzer 44-46, from a game that began slow and in favor of the visiting West Texas Comanches on Tuesday.
The opening tip-off went over to the Comanches and they scored first. They took an early 6-0 lead over the Bobcats before Trae Underwood put a shot through the net. The Comanches made a free throw to jump ahead 7-2.
For the rest of the quarter, the two teams went back and forth, and with a minute left in the first the score was 10-12 with the Bobcats trailing. Another free throw by West Texas put them up 13-10. However, a few seconds later, Underwood found another shot opportunity and sank a three to tie it at 13 inside a minute to go. That would be the score at the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Sunray took possession. Underwood had the ball and shot a three from the outside to take the first lead for the Bobcats, 16-13.
West Texas took the lead back and held on to go up 22-17 with 3:30 left in the half. The Bobcats put up four more points in the second and only trailed 21-25 going into the intermission.
About half way through the third quarter the Bobcats trailed 21-33. By the end of the third, the Cats were down by 10, their largest deficit at that point in the game.
West Texas extended their lead in the fourth quarter to 43-31 with 6:29 on the clock. Sunray mounted a comeback and got to within six 44-38 with under three minutes to go with a steal and a score by Wyatt Henry.
It was tense in the final minutes as the Bobcats looked to close in. They scored another six points before the buzzer, but the Comanches tacked on two more free throws.
Underwood led with 21 points. He had six goals, two 3-pointers, and made 3-of-6 free throws. Henry came in with 10 points on the night with five buckets. Jaden Zerby checked in with three baskets and a free throw for seven points.
Also scoring for the Bobcats were Michael Peeples and Reid Rousser.
The Bobcats lost their second game in a row, but now prepare for postseason play. The time and location is still yet to be determined.
The varsity team ends the regular season 17-14 overall and 6-4 in district play.
Earlier in the evening, the JV squad took the court and had an outstanding performance for their final game of the season. They defeated the Comanches 66-18.