NORMAN — Down three points to Noble with 0.43 seconds showing on the clock, its leading scorer fouled out and inbounding from beneath its own basket, Community Christian School was in need of, well, a miracle.
No problem for Alan Casiano. The senior guard stunned the Bears and everyone else in the building, delivering a 50-foot bank shot from the Royals’ side of half court as time expired, forcing the game into overtime.
Casiano then scored six more of his game-high 18 points in the extra period to lead CCS to a 61-57 victory that fans who were at Royals Fieldhouse will remember for years to come.
“It was quite a shot,” CCS Coach Culley Seymour said.
Although, the coach added, it might not be the greatest beyond-half-court shot in school history, remembering back to a buzzer beater that won the Royals the Oklahoma Christian Schools Association championship in 2006.
Now the Royals have the OSSAA postseason to think about. And at 12-2, they are hoping to sneak up on some people as a contender to make a run in the Class 2A bracket in their first year as an OSSAA member.
“This win helps people to understand that we are a pretty good basketball team,” Seymour said.
It came at the expense of an improved Noble team that was ranked No. 12 in Class 5A coming in.
The Bears (8-6) have already matched their win total from all of last year, including a pair of wins against 5A No. 10 El Reno and a pair of 2-1 tournament performances that brought home third-place and consolation championship trophies.
Noble was led by point guard Leland Palmer’s 16 points, with 10 points and 14 rebounds coming from Devin Wheeler. Austin Ladd and Jordan Palmer added nine points, with all of Palmer’s coming on deep three-pointers in overtime that kept the Bears in it to the final buzzer.