After winning their first game of the season in overtime, the Mulberry Yellow Jackets were aiming to win Tuesday’s in regulation.
With just under a minute remaining in the game, Mulberry had possession of the ball and were passing it around to create an opening Dalton Reeves tried for the win with 1.1 seconds left, but was fouled and Mulberry also drew a technical sending both Reeves and Luke Anderson to the line.
Reeves made the front end of his one-and-one. While the rest of the free throws were missed, it was Reeve’s first shot that was enough to lift Mulberry to the 39-38 win Tuesday night at home.
The end was after a comeback by Deer after the Antlers blew a 12-point first half lead.
Poor shooting and turnovers kept Mulberry (2-1) from scoring in the first quarter and trailed 12-2 at the start of the second.
Deer’s Kaleb Richardson made it 14-2 with his shot with 6:43 remaining in the half. Mulberry then battled back and outscored Deer 15-8 the rest of the first half and trailed 22-17 at halftime.
Back-to-back turnovers by Deer was jet fuel for Mulberry and the squad launched into a 17-1 scoring spree. Mulberry took the lead for good when Reeves drained a trey at the 1:16 mark in the third quarter to go up 24-23.
Mulberry led 34-23 after Trevon Martin scored at the 6:38 mark in the fourth. Deer rallied and managed to cut the lead by one, 38-37, when Jim Ewing hit a three pointer with 1:39 remaining in the game.
Deer’s Sam Casey was fouled and hit the front end of his one-and-one with 55.3 seconds remaining to tie the game, 38-38. Mulberry regained possession and took the ball down the court to set up the final play for the night.
Reeves finished with 18 points and five rebonds to pace Mulberry. Martin added nine.
Troy Smith and Noah Hampton led Deer with 10 point each.
Mulberry hosts Nemo Vista on Nov. 4 starting with Pleasant View girls starting at 5:30 p.m.
Mulberry was without one of its top scorers, Luke Anderson, the Class 2A state tennis champion. Anderson did start and saw ample playing time, but was held back in preparation for the State Meet of Champs that began Wednesday morning. Anderson did advance to the second day of the meet.
Mulberry 67, Deer 36 (Women’s)
Brittany Edwards hit back-to-back threes in the second quarter to help fuel a 13-0 run as four Mulberry players scored in double digits to help their team pick up its third straight win on Tuesday night at home.
Edwards was 6 of 10 from behind the arc and finished with a game-high 18 points.
Rebecca Treat was 7 of 9 from the floor with 14 points. Lexi Voorhees added 13 points, while Sam Cagle tossed in 11.
Mulberry (3-0) led in rebounding 26-20 and forced five of Deer’s 11 turnovers. The home team had 10 unforced turnovers.
Cagle had six rebounds while Treat and Voorhees had five apiece. Both Edwards and Destiny Freeman finished with four rebounds.
Kate Trusty led Deer (1-2) with 10 points and five rebounds. Hope Hampton and Kentra King had six points each.
Deer kept it close early and trailed 16-11 after a shot by Trusty with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Cagle closed out the opening quarter with a bucket that sparked a seven-point scoring surge, that continued into the second quarter. Cagle capped the surge after a turnover and Mulberry led 23-11 at the 6:33 mark.
Deer had back-to-back baskets to cut into the lead, 23-15, but Voorhees hit a pair of free throws to spark the 13-0 run and when the dust settled, Mulberry led 36-15 with 1:15 remaining in the half.
Deer won both junior high contests. The Lady Antlers won 27-19 and the Antlers won the second game 32-25.
Jorden Goolsby led Pleasant View with 11 points and Amanda Jones chipped in eight.
Hendricks paced the Hornets with 10 points while Stepusin and Mackey added nine and six points respectively.
MULBERRY 67, DEER 36
Deer 11 6 11 8 — 36
Mulberry 18 20 16 13 — 67
Deer (1-2): Trusty 10, Hampton 6, King 6, Roberts 4, Matlock 4, Smith 2, Daniels 2, Voss 2.
Mulberry (3-0): Edards 18, Treat 14, Voorhees 13, Cagle 11, Freeman 4, Fisher 3, Havmastad 3.
MULBERRY 39, DEER 38
Deer 12 10 1 15 — 38
Mulberry 2 15 13 9 — 39
Deer (1-2): Smith 10, Hampton 10, Richardson 5, Ewing 5, Willis 4, Casey 3, Watkins 1.
Mulberry (2-1): Reeves 18, Marvin 9, McClurkin 5, Brake 2, Whitlock 2, Price 2, Ball 1.