Eagle Basketball Finishes Second in NCCAA
Oklahoma Christian was poised to win its first national basketball title, but Shorter (Ga.) sank a desperation three-pointer at the end of regulation and went on to win the NCCAA title game, 90-87 in overtime.
The runnerup finish is the best ever for OC basketball and culminated a national tournament run that included the 700th victory of Coach Dan Hays’ career.
“We played well,” Hays said. “It’s a shame that we couldn’t come away with that championship, but we gave it everything we had. It just didn’t work out.”
The Eagles advanced to the championship with a semifinal win over Cedarville (Ohio), preceded by a quarterfinal victory over Spring Arbor (Mich.) that gave Hays the milestone.
Only three other Oklahoma college coaches have recorded
at least 700 wins – current Mid-America Christian coach Willie Holley and College Basketball Hall of Fame members Henry Iba and Eddie Sutton, who both coached at Oklahoma State.
“It means a lot. It really does,” Hays said. “It means that we’ve had kids who have played well and coaches who have coached well. We’ve done the right thing and graduated people. This is a great school and I hope we honor it with our program.”
View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.