A late surge on Friday night at Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum turned out being just enough for Coach Bubba Edwards’ Borden County Coyotes in this weekend’s Region II-IA Tournament.
Making just their second ever regional tournament appearance, the Coyote boys found their backs down five (29-24) going into the fourth quarter against No. 22 May in Friday night’s regional quarterfinal match-up.
“You hear people talk about reaching down and finding the level that they didn’t think that they had. We found that level tonight and, because we did, we’re playing again in the regional finals tomorrow,” Coach Edwards said of Friday night’s 41-36 come-from-behind victory over the May Tigers, who are finished at 22-6.
With Friday night’s huge come-from-behind effort, the 21-3 Coyotes took on District 11-1A champion Grady in Saturday night’s Region II-IA championship game at ACU. Grady won Friday night’s other regional semi-final game against Eula, 49-32.
A trip to next weekend’s state hoop tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio was awaiting the winner of Saturday night’s regional championship tilt.
“We made a little more history tonight. Last year, we made history by getting to this tournament for the first time in school history and now we’ll be playing in the regional finals for the first time in school history,” Edwards said.
While the Coyote boys will be seeking their first-ever trip to state on the hardwoods, the Grady Wildcats have their sights on their sixth trip to state. In addition to winning state back in the 2003-2004 season, Grady finished four other seasons at state in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
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