The Huffman Falcons fourth quarter comeback fell short as host Cleveland edged the Falcons 62-60 in a battle for District 22-3A basketball supremacy. The rematch had been in Huffman's sights since a 15 point district opening home loss to Cleveland (20-2, 7-0) on December 17th.
Since the loss, Huffman (20-5, 5-2) had reeled off seven straight wins including five straight district wins. Cleveland hasn't tasted defeat November 30th.
The teams were even through the first eight minutes of play before #17 Cleveland opened a little breathing room entering halftime. Leading 27-24, the Indians led by Cedric Gambell's team high 12 points extended the lead to five by the end of the third quarter setting up a thrilling fourth quarter.
Trailing 47-42, Huffman behind Zach Dumas (29 points) and Darion Gray (15 points) led the Falcons to a stirring comeback that fell short at the buzzer 62-60.
Falcons head coach Scott Barrett was pleased with his team's effort in front of their most hostile crowd this season.
"It was a great environment for a big basketball game," said Barrett. "We played really well. We just weren't able to finish the game when we had the opportunity."
Huffman returns home to host Coldspring on Friday January 25, 2013 while Cleveland travels to Liberty. Both games are slated for a 7:30p.m. tip-off.