Graves buries PCN with last-second layup; LHS girls routed, 60-36
With the ball in his hands and just a few seconds remaining, there was only one thing going through Jamel Graves’ mind — score.
He did just that.
The 6-foot-6 freshman powered his way into the paint and spun to his left, converting a layup with two seconds left to give Lawton High a 58-57 win over defending Class 6A champion Putnam City North on Friday night at Wolverine Gym.
Graves, who finished with nine points, said he was willing to do anything to get the game-winning basket, and he appreciated his teammates’ trusting him with the game on the line.
“It’s really a confidence builder for me because at the beginning of the season, if they would’ve passed me the ball, I would’ve passed it,” Graves said. “But now, I’m getting a bigger role, so I’m gaining confidence. I’m learning to go up with it.”
Graves has seemingly transformed from a role player to an impact competitor in a matter of days, beginning with his 22-point outing against city rival MacArthur in an 81-70 win on Feb. 8.
Now he’s finding the ball in his hands in critical situations more often, which was all a part of LHS coach Eric Wiley’s master plan for the youngster.