SCOTT COUNTY 54, TRINITY 53
The most highly anticipated opening round matchup of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen didn’t disappoint.
With two of the top three teams in the state meeting at Rupp Arena in the second game of the state tournament on Wednesday, it was Scott County coming out on top of Trinity, 54-53, thanks to a game-winning 3-pointer from Cooper Robb with 5.8 seconds left.
Glenn Covington drew the Cardinals even with the Shamrocks, 51-51, on a triple with 20.4 seconds left, but following a timeout, Scott County committed a foul that sent Justin Powell to the line, where he hit two shots to give Trinity a two-point advantage with 20 seconds left.
Bryce Long took two dribbles to the basket at Scott County’s end and dished a pass off to Robb in the corner, where he drilled the game-winning triple.
Jay Scrubb took the ball down the floor for Trinity in the final 5.8 seconds, driving to the basket and heaving a shot off the side of the backboard with his left hand.
Trinity dominated the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Cardinals, 23-9, over the first two periods, but still managed to only lead by three at the break, 23-20. The Shamrocks were up by seven in the closing seconds of the third quarter, but a 3-pointer from Cam Fluker got Scott County within four to make it 39-35.
Scott County was led by Michael Moreno’s 24 points and nine rebounds. Robb finished with 12 points, while Covington had nine. The Cardinals improved to 35-1 and will take on Corbin at 12 p.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Scrubb finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while David Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Powell had 13 points. Trinity ends their season at 30-4.
CORBIN 50, ESTILL COUNTY 40
Estill County’s first-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen didn’t end how they would have liked.
After being even with the Redhounds at halftime, the Engineers fell, 50-40, in the opening round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen on Wednesday.
A free throw from Andrew Doty gave Estill County the lead 16 seconds into the second half, but Corbin would pull ahead by as many as eight points following a 3-pointer from Chandler Stewart with 5:19 to play in the third, but the Engineers battled back to within four by the end of the fourth quarter.
Doty knocked down a jumper to cut Estill County’s deficit to two at 42-40 with 4:32 to play, but the Engineers wouldn’t score again as the Redhounds pulled away for the 10-point victory, earning a shot at Scott County in the second round on Friday.
Andrew Taylor and Stewart both finished with 11 points for Corbin to help improve to 26-7.
Caleb Bonny and Doty each had seven points for Estill County, who finishes the season at 26-8.
WARREN CENTRAL 68, SOUTHWESTERN 44
After a slow start to the contest, Warren Central used a 21-4 run to end the first half and never looked back in a 24-point victory over Southwestern.
The Warriors jumped out to a 10-2 lead over five minutes into the contest and took a 14-10 lead into the second. Then the Dragons came to.
The lead increased to 19-13 after a Jonathan Gallagher bucket, but the Warriors would then go scoreless over the next 6:11 of play as the Dragons rattled off 21 straight to take a 34-19 advantage. Warren Central took a 36-23 lead into the break.
After a 3-for-10 start from the field for the game, the Dragons shot 21-of-33 the rest of the way, starting with a 26-point second quarter. They remained hot in the second half, building their lead to as large as 27 before advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal.
The Dragons will take on John Hardin-Pikeville on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Skylear Potter led Warren Central, who improved to 30-5 with 23 points, Jordan Cousin chipped in 18.
Hunter Stevens had 17 to lead Southwestern, Gallagher tossed in 14. The Warriors season ends with an 18-15 record.
PIKEVILLE 72, JOHN HARDIN 69 (3 OT)
Pikeville was down by three with less than 15 seconds to play in regulation, the first and second overtimes and still found a way to pull out a thriller against John Hardin in the nightcap on Wednesday.
First it was Wyatt Battaile tying things up at 52-all in regulation with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, then it was Evan Rhodes fouled on a 3-point attempt and knocking down all three free throws with 3.6 seconds left to send the game into a second overtime. It was Christian Billiter’s turn in the second overtime, tying the game at 61-all with 11.6 seconds left.
After Bulldogs star Mickey Pearson fouled out in the second overtime, John Hardin couldn’t sustain in the third overtime. They had a chance to try and send the game to a fourth overtime, but John Hardin attempted a couple of two-point shots, trailing by three in the closing seconds to no avail.
Battaile led the Panthers with 30 points as they advance to Friday’s quarterfinal against Warren Central at 1:30 p.m.
Malik Wright led the Buldogs with 19 points, Pearson had 18 on just six shot attempts as John Hardin’s season ended at 28-8.