Sherman’s boys had a great chance to tie the game and force overtime at the end of regulation on Friday night against Wylie. The ball just didn’t go in the hole.

Sherman’s boys had a great chance to tie the game and force overtime at the end of regulation on Friday night against Wylie. The ball just didn’t go in the hole.


Junior J’Lynn Thompson had a decent look on a 3-point shot as the clock wound down at Bearcat Gymnasium. But the shot rimmed out, Wylie’s Travonta Maddox rebounded with 0.2 seconds left, and the visiting Pirates escaped Bearcat Gymnasium with a 62-58 District 13-4A win.


The loss spoiled a monster game by senior Tre’ Mask, who was playing in his next-to-last home contest. Mask finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds and already had a double-double at halftime.


"For a kid that’s probably honestly 5-foot-10½, he’s our inside guy sometimes," Bearcats head coach Greg Nix said. "He’s our inside guy and our outside guy. I was proud of him tonight."


A gripping fourth quarter that featured six ties and eight lead changes came down to the final minute after Wylie’s Myron Varmall put back his own miss to give the Pirates a 60-58 lead.


But Wylie, which to that point had made 17 of 18 from the free throw line, missed two crucial foul shots to give Sherman a chance. With 18 seconds to go, Maddox missed one of two to keep it a one-possession game.


The Bearcats worked the ball to Thompson, who had an open shot from the top of the key. But the shot was no good and Maddox, who was fouled on the rebound, added a free throw at the end.


"We were going to set a high screen and get (Thompson) to come off to the left, because he wanted to go left," Nix said. "We were going to throw into a corner and we thought he’d get a look, but he didn’t get that. So we set a screen on the back side and he got that look. It wasn’t totally clean, but it was a good look."


Thompson finished with 16 points and Ty Williams added 10 points and six boards for the Bearcats (10-12, 2-9).


Once again, the Bearcats got off to a cold start, spotting Wylie a 9-0 lead before Treyson Jones got the Cats on the board with a 3-pointer.


Sherman battled back and tied it at 17-17 on Mask’s putback early in the second period, before Wylie went on a 14-2 run to open up a double-digit lead.


After cutting the margin to 31-26 at the break, the Bearcats once again fell behind by 10 at the exact midpoint of the third period on a David Strickland bucket. But over the next two minutes, Sherman scored 10 straight points to pull even once again on a DeQuan Howard follow; and finally, a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer by Mask gave the Bearcats a 46-44 lead to end the third.


"We have been consistent in our inconsistencies all year," Nix said. "We go three or four minutes like last year’s team where we can’t get baskets, and we’ll blow up and go on an 8-0 run. We’ll go through spurts where we can’t get stops."


The Bearcats won’t be returning to the playoffs, but they have three more games — two on the road against Greenville and McKinney North, and a home finale against Denison on Feb. 11 — to work on improving for next season.


"We’re very little, but I’m proud because I think we battle and play hard," Nix said, "even though we feel like mathematically it’s stacked against us."