On Friday, the Perry County Central Commodores played host to their crosstown rivals the Hazard Bulldogs. The Bulldogs dominated play for much of the contest, with the Commodores erasing a big lead late, and forcing overtime. Perry Central would then keep the momentum, and pull out the win in the extra period.
The Commodores hit the first shot of the contest, but from that point on, the first period belonged to the Bulldogs as they were hitting from all over the floor. Perry Central hit a few shots at the end of the period, but at the horn it would be Hazard that held the 19-11 lead.
Hazard pushed the lead to 13 in the second quarter, but it would be Perry Central with a mid-period rally that cut into the margin. The Bulldogs retain but two points of their lead (40-38) at the break.
The Bulldogs would go back on the attack in the third period, pushing their lead back to the double-digit level. They would go into the final period with a comfortable 61-52 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Hazard would go up by 14 points, and led by nine with a little over three minutes to play. Perry Central went on a tear, and quickly got back into the game. James Blair hit a lay up with two seconds on the clock that knotted the game at 69.
In the overtime period, Blair would pick up the Commodores and pushed them to the lead. Hazard would not be able to keep pace, and Perry Central went on to win the game by the final count of 85-78.
Perry Central (85) Travis Dunn 25 (4 assists and 1 steal), James Blair 24 (3 assists, 2 steals and 5 rebounds), Damon Tobler 11 (7 assists, 1 steal and 10 rebounds), Matt Turner 4 (1 steal and 2 rebounds), Noah Back 17 (2 rebounds) and Austin Hill l4 (1 rebound).
Hazard (78)Griffin Wells 6, Blake Nidiffer 19, Austin Spurlock 24, Zach Fleming 2, Jason Johnson 8, Dejour Frazier 20 and Chase Caldwell 3. (no other stats were provided for this game).
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.