How Fletcher's buzzer-beater started the postseason in style
Carson Funkhouser was mobbed first by the teammates who were on the floor alongside him.
Then it didn't take long for the bench to spill onto the court. The leader of the pack? It was Fletcher coach Darrell Stanley.
"My coach is up running on the court," Funkhouser said.
And why not?
Fletcher won five games and was done with basketball this time last season. At 5-16 it was in that same position last Friday, before Funkhouser drained a rapid-fire jumper with eight-tenths of a second remaining in overtime to upset Sterling, 55-53, providing the area's most riveting and unlikely result on district tournament weekend.
"It was crazy," Funkhouser said. "I had a lot of things going through my head."
Funkhouser finished with 11 points and the Wildcats guaranteed themselves their third regional tournament berth in four years.
But they entered Fort Cobb-Broxton's gym that night facing a stacked deck Sterling had won 18 games, two of those over Fletcher by 14 points or more.
"I felt like we were definitely underdogs. We didn't go in thinking we were gonna lose, but we didn't think it would happen like that," said Fletcher senior guard Hunter Stanley, coach Stanley's son and the game's high scorer with 29 points and 14 rebounds.