On Tuesday, the Perry County Central Commodores and the Knott County Central Patriots took to the hardwood in the 14th region tournament. The winner would punch their ticket to the “Sweet Sixteen” in Rupp Arena next week.
The Patriots opened the game with a slow methodical game plan that would slow down the fast paced Commodores. Perry Central was able to edge Knott County 8-7 at the first horn.
Perry Central continued to lead throughout the second period, but a late surge by Knott County put them on top with a couple of minutes left in the half. Going into the locker room, the Patriots held the 21-17 advantage.
The Commodores spent much of the third period trying to climb back into the game. They were able to erase their deficit with just a couple of minutes left on the clock. However, another rally by the Patriots put them back into the driver’s seat (31-27) going into the final period.
Perry Central quickly evened the game in the fourth quarter, and tried to set up a stretch run that would give them the win. Both teams had a shot at the win with a couple of ticks left on the clock, but neither could convert, forcing an overtime to settle the issue.
Knott County took the early lead in the overtime period, but could not stop a Perry Central rally. The Commodores had a shot to win the game at the end, but could not get the shot off in time, forcing a second overtime period.
Perry Central jumped out to a five point lead early in the frame, forcing Knott County to put them on the line. The Commodores went 3 of 14 from the line in their previous game, and had shot but two free throws in regulation. However, Perry Central would hit 9 of 20 in overtimes to secure the 57-50 win, and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
Perry Central (57) Cha;ndler Caudill 2, Richard Cornett 1, Damon Tobler 14, Idris Akinyemi 6, Noah Back 3, Austin Hill 21 and Princewill Anosike 10.
Knott Co. (50) Austin Combs 24, Isaac Caudill 10, Landon Noble 1, Cameron Jones 3 and Dalton Cornett 5.
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