PUXICO -- Dexter knows the agony of losing on the last shot of the game.
Now the Bearcats know how if feels to win one.
After suffering a one-point loss to Bernie Friday at the buzzer, it was Dexter's turn for late heroics as Drew Satterfield scored with two seconds remaining to give the Bearcats a 63-61 SCAA Conference victory Tuesday on the road against the Puxico Indians.
"They (the Indians) were really converging on the ball handler -- and I almost called another timeout and ruined it -- but they had three guys on the ball and Drew just slipped in there to the block and Aaron (Jackson) did a good job of recognizing it and getting the ball to him," Dexter coach Eric Sitze said of the game's final few seconds of play.
"We did a great job of not quitting tonight," Sitze continued. "We never hung our heads. We stayed after it and we really came together, I thought, pretty good there at the end as a team."
As the game entered the final minute of play tied at 61-all, Sitze was quick to call a timeout just before Derrik Chamberlain knifed to the basket to score what Dexter fans thought was a 63-61 lead, but the referees ruled that Sitze had called for the stoppage prior to the basket.
"Oh man," Sitze said of the play that could have altered the game's outcome, "I tend to try and coach too much with these guys because I know they need some help. I saw Andrew (Stuever) with two or three guys on him over there and I've seen him turn it over before like that, so it didn't feel very good," he added of his move that took points off the board for Dexter. "But I did want the last shot this time and luckily we got the ball back and were able to get the last shot to go down."
Dexter trailed Puxico 52-43 going into the fourth quarter, but full-court pressure allowed the 'Cats to narrow the lead.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Stuever and Chamberlain cut the Indians' advantage to four, (60-56), before Stuever scored one from the foul line and Jackson's short pull-up jumper in the lane cut the lead to one, 60-59, with 1:
32 to play.
Cody Clark connected on one-of-two free throws (61-59) prior to Jackson again penetrating the defense for a short jumper to tie the score at 61. Dexter's defense forced the Indians' 19th turnover of the game to set the stage for the game's hectic final minute of play.