Austin - — Caleb Carr lived a dream on Saturday. In the process he helped fulfill the dreams for members of the White Oak boys basketball team, not to mention fans of the Roughnecks which had dreams 55 years in the making.
Carr was called on to be a finisher in White Oak’s quest to win the Class 2A state championship game, and he was clutch as the Roughnecks pulled away for a 61-53 victory over Brock before 9,633 spectators at the University of Texas’ Erwin Center. Perhaps the most important of the plays was with 1:27 remaining, when he made a driving layup to give the Roughnecks a 56-50 lead.
Brock pulled within 56-53 when a three-point heave by Tre Ewell was good with 1:12 remaining, but Carr responded with two free throws with 41.4 seconds remaining, then two more with 28.5 seconds left after Dylan Carrigan missed a three-point attempt for Brock.
Carr led all players with 17 points (14 in the second half) while adding three steals, earning him Most Valuable Player honors for the Class 2A title game. Carr said in the pressure of the closing moments of a close championship game he was at peace.
Information from Longview News Journal