Bell City 86, Jackson 81 OT
It took four extra minutes, 35 points from Eric Henry and a smile from Kenyon Wright for the Bell City Cubs (8-1) to defeat Jackson's Indians Friday night.
"I felt like Jackson out-worked us tonight," said Bell City's head coach David Heeb. "We were just fortunate to hit our shots down the stretch and pull away from them tonight."
This game was close from the beginning and stayed that way the entire time.
With Bell City up 72-71, Jackson got the ball to Tyler Boyd who put in a jumper with thirty-two seconds left in the game.
Bell City's Dominitrix Johnson brought the ball down court and was fouled. Johnson was only able to make the second of his attempts, so with 22.6 left Jackson got the ball with the game tied.
After an Indian timeout at 15.8, Jackson's Boyd once again got the ball from beyond the arc and put up an attempt that bounced off the rim. The final 2.5 seconds was a scramble for the ball, but time still expired.
Jeff Beck and Eric Henry put on a shooting exhibition in the extra frame and, on a miss from Johnson, Henry tipped in a rebound to put Bell City up 81-78.
Johnson once again was fouled with 1:36 left, and once again made the second half of his freebies, leaving the game at four points at 82-78.
Beck found the ball in his hands once again and hit a triple with 1:21 left to cut the Cubs' lead to 82-81.
Wright next found himself at the line for the Cubs as he smiled at one of the Jackson players then nailed both free throws to give Bell City an 84-81 lead.
Two from the charity stripe from Johnson sealed the game at 86-81.
"I thought Kenyon Wright was huge down the stretch for us tonight," said coach Heeb. "It looked like we were beat with a minute and a half to go and he came in and sparks us and gets us the lead back in ten seconds, and that's just the kind of kid he is. He is combustible and when he gets hot, he's hot.
"I think this game lets our kids know where were are physically," added coach Heeb. "We got pushed around a little tonight and that was a good lesson for us tonight."
Charleston 69, Kelly 44
Not many would have put the odds on the Hawks in this contest, but Kelly did run the show in the first half.
With Major Burger at the helm Kelly opened up with a 14-10 lead after one period.
Charleston couldn't hit shots and Kelly was getting open looks and open lay ups.
In the second quarter, things settled down a bit, but Burger began to really heat up as he scored eight of his 13 in the frame on four jumpers.
The Blue Jays clung to a one point lead, until Trentez Lane hit his only bucket of the game, a trey that gave CHS a four-point lead at the half of 30-26.
Kelly simply fell apart in the third period as they could only get eight points to fall, and went 50% from the charity stripe. On the other hand, Charleston had six players drop in points in the third period including five from both Ashton Farmer and Joshua Strayhorn.
Behind the combo, the Blue Jays held a 48-34 lead after three, and never looked back as they rolled to a 25-point victory.
Oran senior Nathan Seyer put on a shooting exhibition as Oran ran over Cape Central in the second round Friday night. Seyer scored 29 points while hitting at least three field goals in each quarter.
The Eagles jumped out to a 32-28 lead at the half, but would allow the Tigers to come back and tie the game at 46 at the end of the third period.
In the final frame Oran went 6-13 from the stripe while scoring a total of 20 to roll over Cape Central.
Cape's Scott Chestnutt led the Tigers with 16 points.
Ryne Wood and Patrick Friga were the other double digit scorers for Oran as they scored 13 and 10 respectively.
Advance 66, Chaffee 39
Advance head coach Jim Hall got his 500th career victory as his Hornets stung the Red Devils for 20 points in the second half.
Senior Hornet Jared Ritter led all scorers in the game as he dropped in 17 points, including three treys.
James Reischman led Chaffee in scoring with 16 points, which included two 3s.
The Hornets led pretty much the entire game, but iced their win with a great defensive effort in the third quarter as they only allowed three points in the next-to-last frame.
Meadow Heights 60, Oak Ridge 48
Oak Ridge had problems with Meadow Heights' Chris Burr in the first period as Burr put in eight of his 13 points on four jumpers. Burr's eight helped to give Meadow Heights a 19-10 lead after one, but the lead would dwindle to just three at 38-35 after three periods.
Panther senior Joey Bell stepped up in the final frame and scored 18 points in the final period to give Meadow Heights a needed boost on their way to the 60-48 win.
Scott Central 68, Leopold 38
Scott County Central's defense won the game for the Braves Friday morning, as they never allowed more than nine points in any quarter.
Brave DuJuan Watkins put in 23 points to lead all scorers as SCCHS took the 30-point lead over Leopold. Watkins put in two threes while totaling the game high.
Chris Pullen was the other Brave in double digits as he scored 15.
Woodland 74, Delta 52
Woodland sophomore Cody McCraw stepped up and scored 22 points in the Cardinals' 18-point win. Senior Luke Johnson also hit the 20-point mark on the night, which included two threes.
Center Joey Keys scored 14 points and led all Bobcats in scoring on the night.
One of the major problems for Delta on the night was their free throw shooting as they were 21-35 from the line, only 60%.
The other problem for Delta was Woodland's third quarter as the Cardinals scored 26 points in the third frame to hold a 58-31 at the end of three.
Notre Dame 52, Scott City 50
The Bulldogs handed Scott City its first loss of the season as Notre Dame advanced by two points. Andy Beck hit a three with time running down in the final frame, but it wasn't enough as Notre Dame held the ball for the victory.
Scott City senior D.J. Walton led all scorers with 16 points, including two treys. Beck finished with 11 for the Rams.
Travis Siebert was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs as he put in 13 points, seven of which came on free throws. Junior Matt Wulfers followed Siebert in scoring for Notre Dame with nine points, all of which came via the three.