On Tuesday, the Perry County Central Commodores and the Hazard Bulldogs met in the opening round of the 54th district tournament (since the 54th district is the only eastern Kentucky district that does not seed). The Commodores won both regular season games, with the final one going into overtime.
The Bulldogs came out strong and put the Commodores on their heels early. Perry Central would not remain quiet long as their offense soon awoke and led them to the 13-11 lead at the horn.
The momentum did not stay with Perry Central long as Hazard came storming back to take the lead. The Bulldogs went into the break holding the 31-27 advantage.
The Commodores spent the better part of the third period trying to wrestle away the momentum before going into the final frame. The Bulldogs managed to hold on to a single point lead (50-49) going into the final period.
Perry Central had several opportunities to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but just could not hold on to the ball. With one second on the clock, Griffin Wells hit a pair of free throws to force the game into an overtime period.
The Commodores seemed to have the upper hand throughout the overtime period, but just could not get over the hump and put the game on ice. The Bulldogs put Perry Central on the line with 14 seconds remaining, and when they could not covert, it gave Hazard a chance for the win.
Perry Central was able to come away with a turnover, and raced to the other end where they would be forced to win the game from the line. James Blair hit the front end of a pair, and missed the second to force the clock to start.
The Commodores would hold on for their second overtime win over the Bulldogs, taking the win by the final count of 70-69.
Perry Central (70) Travis Dunn 9, Matt Turner 5, Damon Tobler 22, James Blair 18, Noah Back 11 and Austin Hill 5.
Hazard (69) Griffin Wells 20, Blake Nidiffer 2, Dejour Frazier 21, Austin Spurlock 10, Jason Johnson 7 and Ryan Smith 9.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.