Hillsboro got the tempo it wanted, but not the outcome.
The Burros slowed it down against fast-paced Dyer County, but the Choctaws rallied for a 40-35 win in a Class AAA quarterfinal at Murphy Center on Wednesday.
"The kids executed the pace of the game the way we wanted to, but some (days) the ball doesn't go in for you as much as you like it to," Hillsboro coach Rodney Thweatt said. "Every time we got up by three or four we would do something uncharacteristic or get a shot that bounces out on us. We had our opportunities down the stretch."
Dyer County will play Siegel in a semifinal at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
Jamontae Davis' dunk gave Hillsboro (26-8) a 33-31 lead with 4:28 left, but seventh-ranked Dyer County closed with a 9-2 spurt.
"This is not indicative of how we like to play the game," Choctaws coach Derek McCord said. "We would prefer a faster pace, and I knew they would slow the game down. I was really surprised they went to the four corners with five minutes to go in the game."
Lamarcus Mosely's layup tied the game at 33 with 3:37 left. Tennessee signee Robert Hubbs hit a jumper for Dyer County with 2:07 left. Mosely added two foul shots with 1:11 remaining.
Hillsboro's Kin Webster hit a jumper that narrowed the gap to 37-35 with 44 seconds left, and Dyer County added three free throws during the last 34 seconds.
"It's real tough. This is a bad loss," said Davis, who fouled out with 34 seconds left with 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. "We executed on defense like we wanted to, but it just came down to offense. We missed a lot of layups and free throws."
The Burros shots 36.8 percent from the floor, and went 5-of-11 from the foul line. The Choctaws shot 28.2 percent from the floor, and hit 16-of-26 from the foul line.
Markeston Bostic, a 5-10 senior guard, led Dyer County with 14 points. Hubbs added 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting and seven rebounds.
"It started off frustrating," Hubbs said. "My team wanted me to get the ball in the post, and work on big No. 11 (Davis), and just try to get easy buckets right on the rim. We wanted to get up and down fast paced, but we had to play their style of game this time and we came out with the win."