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February 1, 2014

HUNTSVILLE BASKETBALL: Hornets squander lead, lose in OT to Brenham

HUNTSVILLE —

The Hornets seemed to have a win in their grasp during Friday night’s game against Brenham at the Paul Bohan Hornet Gym, but they let it slip away in the waning minutes and ultimately lost 79-69 in overtime.
 
Junior guard Isaiah Pittman scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half with 13 of those coming early in the fourth quarter to give Huntsville an edge. Then missed free throws and turnovers down the stretch allowed Brenham to creep back into and force overtime.
 
Hornet head coach Larry Carlson said he was pleased with the 100-percent effort from his team. It was just difficult overcoming a 24-of-39 free throw shooting performance, compared to Brenham going 26 of 30.
 
Despite the free-throw discrepancy, it was a one-point game after each quarter until the deciding overtime period. Huntsville (7-6 in District 18-4A, 13-14 overall) led by a point at the end of the first quarter and halftime. Brenham claimed a one-point lead after the third quarter. 
With the Hornets up 56-51 after Da’Cuan Jenkins split a pair of free throws in the fourth, Brenham came charging back. A Brenham 3-pointer tied it at 60 with six seconds left in regulation and the Hornets suddenly found themselves in the fourth overtime game of the district season and came up short like the others. 
 
“It was so tight of a game that it came down to margin of error,” Carlson said. “The margin of error has to be very small in these games, especially in a slow down game like it was for most of the game. What a great game. I think it just deflated us when that kid hit that 3 to send it into overtime. I felt like there was a sense that we’d just given this game away.”
 
This was the second game this season Huntsville fell to Brenham in overtime. The Hornets lost to the Cubs 60-55 on Dec. 31, but after trailing by 16 at halftime. It was a similar ending for Huntsville earlier in the week on the road against Waller, where the Hornets battled through overtime and came up just short. 

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