The Buckaroos won a 62-60 thriller that saw Kermit's Jacob Carrasco shoot a contested possible game winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
The shot attempt rattled out and helped the Bucks make their first Regional Tournament appearance since 1976.
The Class 2A Region I Tournament was held Friday and today (Saturday) at the Chaparral Center on the campus of Midland College.
Breckenridge played Brownfield Friday evening and a win would set up a meeting with the winner of Wall/Bushland today at 1 p.m.
in Midland with a trip to the Class 2A state tournament on the line.
Above photo: The Breckenridge Buckaroos advanced to the Class 2A Regional I Tournament with their 62-60 win over the Kermit Yellowjackets Tuesday evening in Snyder. Shown with their trophy is back row, ( l to r) assistant coach Rod Thompson, Aaron Brooks, Mateo Ramirez, Blake Martinez, Tyler Simmons, Clay Boaz, Demarcus Johnson, Alfredo Alvarado, front row, (l to r) head coach Rob Ogle, Rigo Gallegos, Caleb Spoon, Alain Franco, Anthony Ramirez, Tyrin West and Cam Toombs. Bottom right: Senior Rigo Gallegos shoots over Kermit s Austin Taylor during first half action of Tuesday s regional quarterfinal match-up in Snyder. (Brant Thurmond)
Buckaroo head coach Rob Ogle credited the close wins the Bucks have had and the experience of the team for the win.
“We have had a lot of close games with Eastland, Fort Worth Country Day and being down 17 points to Cisco,” said Ogle. “Those games prepare you for these situations right here. I feel like we were battle tested and our experience showed down the stretch.”
Ogle said that heading into the weekend's tournament would be about who is peaking at the right time.
“Our expectation of the tournament is to try and go out to win a game,” said Ogle. “At this point in the year, it's about who is hot right now. Anybody can beat anybody on any given night. You just got to show up and play. Everybody at this point in the year is good.”
The Bucks started the game with hot shooting and led 12-5 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter, but a three-pointer by Kermit with 20 second left saw the Bucks have a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bucks had a 6-2 scoring advantage midway through the second quarter and led 20-10 at the 4:57 mark.
Kermit outscored the Bucks 7-4 in the final minutes of the first half, but the Bucks held a 24-17 halftime lead.
The Bucks led 36-27 with around four minutes left in the third quarter, but a two-point basket by Kermit sparked a 13-0 run.
The momentum in the game had shifted in favor of Kermit following a three-pointer as the third quarter buzzer sounded and the Bucks now trailed for the first time in the game at 38-36.
The Bucks largest lead of the fourth quarter was eight points (60-52) and the Yellowjackets finished the game with a 7-2 run, but the Bucks were able to hold on to get the 62-60 win.
Caleb Spoon and Rigo Gallegos each scored 17 points to lead the Bucks, while Mateo Ramirez added 11 points, Clay Boaz tossed in nine points and Anthony Ramirez scored eight points.