The Perry County Central Commodores opened their run for the Sweet Sixteen with the Knott County Central Patriots. The Commodores lost their previous meeting to the Patriots by 17 points.
Neither team was on top of their offensive game in the first period as defense was a major focus. The first horn saw an 8-all tie.
Little changed in the second period as neither team was willing to go away from their game plan. Going into the locker room, the Commodores held the 17-14 advantage.
The pace picked up considerably in the third period, and Perry Central was able to open a little breathing room. As the third period ended, the momentum was clearly with the Commodores (37-31).
Two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Commodores had pushed the margin to nine (45-36). At this point, the Patriots began to turn up the heat.
Down the stretch, Perry Central was unable to hold onto the ball, or convert from the free throw line. Knott Central would eventually erase their deficit, and take the lead, forcing the Commodores to put them on the line.
Knott Central would make good on their free throws, and complete the comeback bid. The Patriots were able to move on in the tournament with the 56-51 win.
Perry Central (51) Matt Turner 3, Braxton Beverly 19, John Toomer 6, Austin Neace 6, Justin Johnson 7 and Damon Tobler 10.
Knott Co. )56) Justice 28, Sammons 4, Christon 5, Hall 13 and Cornett 6.
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