The loose ball rolled through the lane, the game tied at 53 with just seconds remaining.
"It was just all in slow motion. My heart was pounding so bad," Copperas Cove's Cory Scott said.
It wasn't that slow for Rashard Odomes.
The freshman scooped up the loose ball and layed it in with three seconds left giving the Bulldawgs a 55-53 win over Shoemaker on Tuesday.
"You've got to do whatever it takes to win. And at that point, it was scrambling for a ball and putting up a lay up at the last second," Cove coach Billy White said. "Like I said, you've got to do whatever it takes to win and that's what they did tonight."
Scott led all scorers with 21 points, including 15 in the first half. Odomes finished with 11 and Cedric Carlisle added 10 for Cove (11-8, 2-2 12-5A). Deion Robinson scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Bulldawgs a 53-51 lead with 1:16 left.
Jose Roman, who finished with eight points for Shoemaker, tied the game on a put back at the other end.
The Bulldawgs then stalled for Scott to take a final shot after taking a time out with 31 seconds left. But the ball was knocked loose from Scott and rolled through the lane, bouncing off of the hands and feet of Shoemaker and Cove players until Odomes gained control.
"I was very nervous. I just had to take it up strong to finish," Odomes said.
Guards Paris Yerry and Renard Thomas each scored 12 to lead the Grey Wolves (14-8, 2-2), who lost for the fifth time in seven games, including a double-overtime loss to A&M Consolidated last Tuesday. Post players Roman and Chris Runnels combined for 10 points and 18 rebounds.
"We were just scared to get on the floor, to me," Roman said. "And I guess he (Odomes) was just at the right place at the right time, had an open shot and he shot it."
Scott scored nine of Cove's 16 points in the first quarter and Carlisle's layup stretched a two-point Cove lead to six, 22-16, with 5:44 left in the second forcing a Shoemaker time out.
The Grey Wolves rallied to the tie the game at 22 on a Thomas long 2-pointer, but the Bulldawgs finished the half on a 9-3 run in the final 3:09 of the second quarter, getting four points apiece from Carlisle and Scott, who scored six in the quarter.
"The whole week we knew we had to start off by winning these next two games this week to get back up to the top of the district." Scott said. "We took a hard loss at A&M (last Friday), so we knew we had to get down to work. I knew for us to get down to work, I had to play my offensive game the way I know how to play it."
Shoemaker held Scott just six points the entire second half, but Odomes scored nine in the final two periods. Yerry answered for the Grey Wolves, getting 10 of his 12 in the second half.
Yerry scored Shoemaker's final three points of the third quarter and assisted a Shane Johnson layup that helped the Grey Wolves cut a six-point Cove lead to 38-36 starting the fourth. His jumper with 3:23 left in the fourth gave Shoemaker a 49-47 lead that it couldn't hold onto.
"I don't think it was one thing. Maybe the last play was a microcosm of the whole game," Shoemaker coach Marc Minatrea said. "They outplayed us on the last possession when it was tied. But, they outplayed us the whole game, so I guess they deserved to win."