After taking an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter the Choctaws seemed well in control of the Cougars, who were making their first visit to Dyer County under new head coach Butch Hopkins, former head coach at Dyer County.
However, Munford refused to go quietly and went on a 20-3 run to start the fourth quarter, led by former Brighton standout Jonathan Stark, who scored 13 points in the fourth and led all scorers with 25 points overall.
"We got away from our game plan in the fourth for whatever reason and Stark got going," said head coach Derek McCord. "Give him all the credit in the world he (Stark) hit some tough shots."
After trailing for the entire game, the Cougars tied the game at 58-58 with 45 seconds left to play on a pair of free throws by Stark. Dyer County's Malik Pugh would hit a layup with 27 seconds left that would put the Choctaws back up by two and senior Robert Hubbs III secured the victory with a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left.
Dyer County was led by its trio of senior starters who had double-digit efforts with Markeston Bostic leading the way with 23 points. He was closely followed by Hubbs with 22 points, including two big dunks, and LaMarcus Mosley had 13 points and went three-of-four from 3-point range. McCord said that he was proud of his seniors effort and they did "what seniors do in big games".
"We are a little short handed with Jamaal Ahmad still being injured but Mosley, Hubbs and Bostic were all amazing for us tonight," said McCord.
The victory over Munford closes out a difficult five-day stretch for the Choctaws where they played four games including one game out of state at Rector, Ark. on Saturday. McCord says that he knew going into the season that this would be the most difficult part of the schedule but he hopes the experience of playing a lot of games in a short period of time will help his time come February as they make their playoff push in the district tournament.
The Choctaws continue district play on Friday, as they travel to Hardin County to take on the Tigers. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.