OXFORD — It’s what every kid dreams about making the game winning shot in the championship game.
Well Ingomar’s Zach Shugars did just that
Shugars would hit a 18-foot buzzer beater to lift the Falcons past Baldwyn 47-45 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 1A State Championship at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Thursday afternoon.
It is the Falcons (36-2) sixth state championship overall and first state title since 2010.
“It’s something we work on practice. Tyson gave the ball to Hunter and he found me open and I saw a screen was set and I shot it,” Shugars said. “It was frustrating we weren’t making shots. We just played good defense today and it paid off.”
Baldwyn’s Riley Hoard would make a put back lay-up with 8 seconds remaining to tie the game at 45.
On the ensuing inbounds pass Ingomar’s Tyson Smithey threw it to Hunter Bynum who then found Shugars at half court and Shugars would drive across to the left wing and Nyhiem Jones’ screen would give Shugars some space to pull up and shot went in as the buzzer went off.
“We’ve practiced and we’ve talked about what we do and that’s if we get tied with under 10 seconds left we don’t call timeout and let the other team get defense set,” said Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley. “I knew when Zach got across the top of the key and got separation, he would get a good shot off and it couldn’t have ended any better.”
Shugars finished the game with four points.
Clayton Stanford had a game-high 20 points to lead Ingomar and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“I was just trying to rebound as much as I could and if there was shot, I was taking it,” Stanford said. “Just trying to attack and get to the line. After last year’s loss this means a lot.”
Ingomar lost the 2A state title game last year to Bay Springs.
“Hard work pays off,” Ashley said. “The harder you work the luckier you get and these kids worked hard and was pushed hard from the day we met with them back in August. The goal was to get here and win.”
Gabe Richardson had 19 points to lead Baldwyn, while Hoard added 13 points for the Bearcats (18-13), who was seeking for state title since 2013.