By ERIC VICCARO
Unsung heroes tried to give the Nocona High School boys’ basketball team a win in District 3A-9, but Henrietta denied the Indians by a single point.
Brayden Skinner made a pivotal steal in the game’s closing seconds, and – for the first time this season – Jose Ogeda was the Indians’ second-leading scorer.
Those two players helped Nocona rally versus Henrietta, but the Bearcats topped the Indians 53-52 in this epic 3A-9 showdown of probable playoff-bound teams.
“Brayden, that was a great play by him,” Nocona head coach Bret Botard said. “He did a great job of reading the pass, and he was in proper position to make a play. He gave us a chance.”
Botard also heaped plaudits on Ogeda, who played his best game to date with 10 points, including three 3-pointers, all coming when Nocona needed it most.
“Jose had a huge impact on the game,” Botard said. “He made some big shots, and he also gave us a chance to win.” Read more in The Bowie News.
Nocona’s Jose Ogeda (13) makes a tough pass along the baseline during this District 3A-9 game. The Indians suffered a gut-wrenching 53-52 loss to Henrietta. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)