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SCC's Banks drains game-winner over Cairo

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Scott Central junior Larandis Banks (5) puts up a shot past a Cairo, Ill., defender on Tuesday at Scott Central High School. Brent Shipman, Staff
SIKESTON -- Before Scott County Central's last possession on Tuesday, visiting Cairo, Ill., made a concerted effort to try and draw Braves senior Larandis Banks into his fifth and final foul.

A few seconds later it was evident why as Banks drove the lane for the game-winning shot to propel Scott Central to a 67-66 come-from-behind win.

"When he gets in open space he's tough to handle," Braves' head coach Frank Staple said of Banks. "We're going to put the ball in his hands and just tell him to go do something."

Scott Central found themselves trailing 64-61 with under a minute to play after leading by seven entering the half.

A pair of Cameron Blissett free throws at the 48 second mark closed the Braves to within one, but Cairo soon came back down the court and started to eat away at the clock.

Just when it looked like Scott Central would be forced to send the Pilots to the line in an effort to get the ball back, the Braves got an unexpected break.

With 19 seconds remaining a Cairo ball handler put up an ill-advised shot that was rebounded by the Braves putting them back in control.

After sprinting down the court, Banks hit a quick jumper to give his team the lead at 65-64.

"With under 20 seconds to go and the lead you want to pull the ball out," Cairo head coach Brian Brandtner said. "If you can get a layup, get a layup, but if not we don't want to shoot a fade away 15-footer."

Brandtner was momentarily relieved to see his team come back down the court and go up on a pair of free throws, but the Braves immediately called a timeout to map out the final 9.7 seconds.

Following the break, Tyler Masters took the inbound pass near half court before quickly dishing off to Banks. Banks proceeded to drive the lane and put up a contested jumper that proved the game-winner with 2.7 seconds on the clock.

A quick Pilot timeout followed before one final missed heave sealed a Scott Central win.

"We thought they were going to hold it and we were going to have to foul them," Staple said of the final minute. "They took a shot and we just got fortunate and were able to capitalize on it. Then we came down, fouled them again, but luckily made a good play at the end."

Banks' final shot sealed a win that looked all but assured in the early stages of the contest.

Hitting four of their first six shots of the night, the Braves came out to eight-straight points to start the game and lead by as many as 10 late in the first quarter.

Three unanswered points by the Pilots to close out the first frame started a push that had them back within three points, at 22-19, just two minutes into the second quarter.

Three-straight buckets by the Braves once again propelled their lead near double-digits and with 54 seconds left in the half, they held a 37-36 advantage.

It was on a 3-point play from TJ Ware, followed by a Johnson free throw that closed Cairo back within seven entering the break.

After outscoring the Braves 7-2 in the final 2:18 of the first half, the Pilots rode that momentum out of the break to the tune of three-straight buckets. That 6-0 run closed the Pilots deficit to a point two minutes into the half.

One final 3-pointer from Ware later in the frame gave Cairo it's first lead of the night, at 46-45, with 1:26 to play in the third. The teams spent the next eight minutes swapping leads before Bank's final shot gave Scott Central it's 10th win of the season.

"We came out flat," Brandtner said. "Our intensity was good and I'm not mad at our effort. We played hard for four quarters.

"It came down to execution at the end and we didn't execute at all and it cost us the game."

With 19 points on the night Banks led the Braves' effort, scoring nine points in the first quarter and six in the final frame. Jaylen Porter and Jeffery Porter finished close behind him with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Leading the Pilots was Ward, who had with 23 points and all three of the team's 3-pointers on the night.

"Regardless of their record, that's a team that's going to scrap and fight," Staple said of Cairo. "We didn't rebound again so we let them hang around, but in the end a win is a win.

"We just have to learn how to keep out focus throughout the entire game. Our emphasis for the rest of the year and every practice is rebounding. Go get the ball and then have good possessions."

The win moves Scott Central above the .500 mark to 10-9 on the year while Cairo falls to 4-15.

Earlier in the night, Scott Central's junior varsity lost a close contest against Cairo's junior varsity 49-46. Matt Blissett easily led the Braves effort with 23 points while going 9 of 14 at the free throw line.

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CAIRO (66) -- D Johnson 20, Jarns Woodson 4, Calenmers Ware 7, TJ Taylor 23, Devante Johnson 11, Bryce Gardner 1. FG 26, FT 11-17, F 14. (3-pointers: Taylor 3. Fouled out: none.)

SCOTT CENTRAL (67) -- Chris Brown 6, Larandis Banks 19, Jaylen Porter 16, Tyler Masters 2, Kendall Blissett 1, Jeffery Porter 15, Cameron Blissett 8. FG 29, FT 7-17, F 14. (3-pointers: Banks 1, Porter 1. Fouled out: none.)


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