HUTCHINSON, Kansas --- The history-making 2014-15 basketball season came to a painful end here today in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National Tournament with the Holmes Community College Bulldogs falling to the Hill College Rebels, 73-72.
The Bulldogs ended the season at 25-7 overall and had a chance in the final seconds, but a shot from Jarvis Williams was off the mark preserving the win for the Rebels and advancing them to the NJCAA Final Four tomorrow.
"It came down to one possession, and we weren't locked in on that possession," Holmes Head Coach Jason Flanigan said. "When you don't lock in, it may cost you. We left the man open in the corner, and he made a great shot. We had another chance to go up, but we just didn't execute.
"I'm proud of my guys," he added. "It's been a wonderful season and a wonderful ride. They've been working for me all year. They've been working for Coach Harrison all year. They fought until the end, but we weren't focused on that one possession. We'll build on this and get ready for next year."
Hill jumped out to a quick three-point lead before the Bulldogs answered with five straight points from Daryl Macon to put the Bulldogs up 5-3 with 18:48 to play in the first half. Hill tied the game back at five and then went up by as much as seven points at 16-9 with 14:11 to play before the Bulldogs fought their way back into the game. Williams hit a three-pointer with 6:55 to play to put Holmes up by one, 21-20, before the Rebels retook the lead at 24-22 on a three-pointer with 5:48 to play in the first half.
Williams tied the game for Holmes at 24 on a bucket in the lane with 4:50 to play before the Rebels retook the lead at 26-24 less than a minute later. After several ties, the Bulldogs took a 31-30 lead with 1:32 to play on a Marcus Washington three-pointer before the Rebels hit a three with 1:15 left to lead 33-31 at halftime.
The Rebels led until the 14:54 mark of the second half when Williams scored a layup to put Holmes up 43-42. The Rebels retook the lead and led by as much as four points until the 11:51 mark of the second half when a Washington dunk tied the game at 47. The Bulldogs went up six points at 53-47 on a layup from Torlorf Thomas with 10:12 to play in the game.
Holmes led until there was 1:46 left in the game when the Rebels went up one at 68-67 on a layup. The Rebels led until there was 27 seconds left when Williams hit another three-pointer to put Holmes up by two at 72-70. The Rebels hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds to play, and the Bulldogs were unable to answer.
Macon finished the game with 25 points while Williams had 16, Washington had 11 and Taylor had 10. Macon and Taylor each led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds while Washington had seven.
The Bulldogs shot 38.6 percent from the floor, 18.2 percent from three-point range and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. Macon was 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
Hill shot 40.8 percent from the floor, 19.2 percent from the three-point line and 62.5 percent from the free throw line.