Cowan's late free throws lift Mac past Ada
MacArthur coach Marco Gagliardi routinely trusts Brandon Cowan at the free-throw line in critical situations.
So when the sophomore, an 80-percent shooter, stood at the line with 12.2 seconds remaining and the opportunity to put the game away, Cowan lived up to his reputation and seized his moment.
The 5-foot-6 guard sunk both of his attempts, giving the No. 7 Highlanders a 56-52 win Ada in the regional championship on Saturday night.
Cowan was one of three Mac players to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
“I was just trying to do everything I could for the team and get up by four points because I knew (Jaxson Robinson) could shoot off the 3,” Cowan said. “If I missed one, he could probably go down there and make it a tight game.”
Robinson gave the Highlanders fits for most of the night, but he was especially dangerous in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers to keep Ada within striking distance. He finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.
Ironically, Mac (18-7) didn’t get to the line much at all.
By the time the Highlanders attempted their first free throw at the 3:43 mark in the third quarter, the No. 12 Cougars had already shot more than 15.