When it comes to a big game, sometimes just one play can be the deciding factor.
Unfortunately, R.A. Hubbard found themselves on the losing end of that one play Saturday night.
The Chiefs fell to the Lindsay Lane Lions Saturday night 85-78. It was the finals of the class 1A area 15 tournament.
After trading blows like two heavyweight fighters throughout the second half, the pivotal point came in the game's closing seconds.
Lindsay Lane star Tommy Murr stepped to the line for a 1 and 1 free throw with the Lions up 79-78 under a minute to go. The nation's leading scorer uncharacteristically missed the shot, however, the Chiefs were unaware it was a 1 and 1. Murr took advantage by grabbing his own rebound and putting it up for two. It seemed to suck the life out of Hubbard as the Lions iced the game with four more free throws after that.
The play was without a doubt the game's more critical moment, although it might have come with some controversy.
"I thought that they just didn't realize that it was a 1 and 1, but they told me the officials said it was 2 shots," said Hubbard head coach Sonny Conwill. "I had more than one kid tell me that and by the reaction of our kids, I'm going to believe them."
Conwill was quick to point out though that the Chiefs loss didn't just come down to that last play.
"It wasn't just that one play. There was a bunch of plays where we didn't protect the ball very well or we had a breakdown on defense," he said. "So yeah that was a bad play, but there's always more than one."
R.A. Hubbard came out of the gate hot, racing to a 9-2 lead. But Lindsay Lane controlled the rest of the first half.
Murr finished the game with 37 points, but it was his teammate scoring 22 points, 15 in the first half, that gave the Chiefs trouble.
"The first three times we had done a good job of limiting the guys besides Murr, but tonight we didn't," Conwill said. "He had 15 at the half and that makes them really difficult to defend because Murr draws so much attention."
Hubbard made a comeback in the second half and turned the game into must see basketball, before ultimately falling at the end.
Montoya Kellogg led the Chiefs with 20 points. Tyrus Johnson finished with 15.
The loss means the Chiefs will now go on the road to face Skyline in the sub regionals.
"You would like to play Woodville at home," Conwill said. "But it's like I've told them, you're going to have to beat one of these tough teams at some point anyways if you want to move on. They're good , but we're good too so we're going to lead up and see what happens."
Lindsay Lane 60, R.A. Hubbard 32
After a strong effort against Lindsay Lane in their last meeting, the Lady Chiefs couldn't find the same magic this time around.
The Lions led by 14 at the half and rolled to the victory in the second half. Star Alex Orr played the game hobbled and missed most of the second half, leaving the Chiefs without the best scorer.