Newest 2,000 point scorer Cason McLemore hoping to end high school career with state championship alongside father, coach
CYRIL — Agonizing memories from March 2 have haunted Cason McLemore every day while shooting in the gym for the past year.
Next Saturday, March 2, 2019, marks the one-year anniversary of the Cyril boys basketball team falling to rival Fort Cobb, 50-49, in the Class A state tournament semifinals. The anniversary just so happens to also be the day of this season’s state championship game, which McLemore and the No. 6 Pirates (22-3) hope to be playing in this time around.
“I’ve thought about that moment all year,” McLemore said of the moment the buzzer sounded after having two potential game-winning shots in the final seconds fall short. “Every day I’m here in our gym thinking about that, ‘How I can get better, and how can I not let that happen again?’
McLemore — a senior guard and prolific scorer who earlier this month reached 2,000 career points, becoming the 70th boy in state history to reach the milestone — has been working relentlessly to script his final high school basketball chapter with a Hollywood ending.
Because he knows of the searing emotional pain that crushed the Pirates a season ago.