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Millsap Bulldogs basketball player Rance Dunn brings the ball up the court and scans the defense during Millsap’s 44-41 loss to the Cisco Loboes in Millsap Tuesday night.

MILLSAP — The Millsap Bulldogs battled back from a 21-point deficit with 5:34 to play in the third quarter to get within three points of the visiting Cisco Loboes, but a late turnover and free-throws proved to be the difference.

With 14 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bulldogs trailing 43-39, the Loboes intercepted a cross-court pass and drew a foul to all but seal the win as they squeezed out a 44-41 win at Millsap Gymnasium in Millsap Tuesday night.

“I am always proud of them,” said Millsap head coach Blayne Davis after the game. “They don’t ever quit. They are not once going to quit. I get ultimate effort every day, so I am always proud of those kids.”

Kole Flowers heated up late for the Bulldogs and was instrumental in their late run. After scoring just three points over the first two quarters of play, Flowers scored 11 points over the final two quarters and finished as Millsap’s leading scorer with 14 points.

While the Bulldogs had to compete with the five Loboes players on the court, many times it seemed as though they were competing against the referees as well.

Four Millsap players fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter with all five players being starters for the Bulldogs. Tanner Riggs was the first to end his day with 2:14 to play in the game and was followed by Houston Earnest at 1:21, Brice Fluitt at 43.1 and Andrew Stack at 21.9.

No Cisco players fouled out of the game and just one finished with four fouls, while two other players had three fouls each.

Davis also took note of the difference in fouls called for and against his team.

“They shot 34 free-throws and we shot five,” Davis said. “We’re more aggressive, we always are, but we’re not that much more aggressive.”

Davis said he was proud of his players for the way they competed through the adversities throughout the game and the way they were able give themselves a chance to win in the final minute of the game.

“We’ve done it all year long,” Davis said. “We knew we could [comeback]. We know every game is there, it’s just you have to have a little luck on your side and tonight we didn’t.”

Fluitt finished as the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs with eight points and Riggs followed with six.

Millsap travels to Peaster to take on the Greyhounds with action starting at 4 p.m.

Cisco 44, Millsap 41

Cisco 12 11 7 14 — 44

Millsap 3 4 15 19 — 41

CISCO — Bridges 18, Ingram 9, Conger 6, Busby 6, Hernandez 4, Strickland 1. Three-point goals: 2 (Conger 2). Free-throws: 19-38.

MILLSAP — Kole Flowers 14, Brice Fluitt 8, Tanner Riggs 6, Andrew Stack 5, Houston Earnest 4, Rance Dunn 2, Clint Gresham 2. Three-point goals: 2 (Flowers 2). Free-throws: 3-8.

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