Open in the corner for a split second, Zachary Mullican decided to let it fly. When his 3-pointer splashed through the net, Dibrell could finally breathe easy.
Mullican’s late 3-pointer in overtime proved to be the difference as Dibrell dumped Irving College 36-34 on the road Monday night.
Dibrell (4-7) had a chance to seal the game in regulation, but relentless Tiger pressure ultimately allowed the home team to even up the score before the buzzer sounded. In the midst of a raucous crowd going crazy following the Tiger comeback, Dibrell coach Dustin Curtis had to calm his team down.
“It was a great environment. Before overtime started, we all took a deep breath and I told them to keep our composure and execute and we’ll be fine,” said Curtis, who has seen his team improve throughout the year after the group’s 33-game winning streak was broken in the preseason.
His speech seemed to hit home at the right time.
Dibrell was clinging to a small lead when Mullican sprung open in the corner. The Wildcat sniper took aim and connected with 30 seconds to play, putting the game out of reach for the Tigers. Mullican finished with a season-best 12 points, including 10 in the second half as Dibrell completed a sweep of the Tigers.
Garrison Randolph led the Wildcats with 14 points, including three clutch free throws in overtime. Rounding out the Dibrell scoring were Austin Craft with five, Hunter Basham with three and Vincent Flores and Isaiah Walls with one point apiece.
Corban Felton led Irving College (2-9) with 20 points. The speedy guard scored eight points in the fourth quarter, spearheading the Tiger comeback.
Matthew Roller added eight, while Leo Castenada scored five, including hitting a tying free throw in regulation. Brayden Snider added a free throw to the Tiger total.