In one of the greatest finishes in Sweet Sixteen history, Bowling Green outlasted Scott 80-79 in the state semifinals. Zion Harmon hit a game winning layup with 21 seconds remaining to push away Scott on Saturday.
BGHS utilized their six-inch size advantage in the paint in the first quarter. Terry Taylor had ten points and four rebounds against the undersized Scott. The Purples raced out to a 21-9 lead headed into the final minute of the first quarter. Scott cut into the lead in last 45 seconds when Jake Ohmer hit a pair of free throws and Vincent Dumlao hit a three to cut the lead to 21-14 after one.
Dumlao’s three set the tone for the beginning of the second quarter. Scott hit three shots from beyond the arc in the first 2:45 of the second frame. Ohmer began to heat up as his team drew within one midway through the quarter. Ohmer hit one of his four three pointers get the ball rolling for Scott. The Purples struggled from deep today, but DeAngelo Wilson and Harmon both knocked down three’s in the second quarter to push BGHS’ lead back out to nine through two quarters.
Anytime Scott gets within a couple of possessions, Terry Taylor does something like this. Bowling Green 53-45 with 2:58 left 3Q. pic.twitter.com/objQ7R8bLJ
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) March 18, 2017
Every time that Scott would draw closer to Bowling Green, the Purples would pull the lead back out to three possessions. Ohmer scored the first nine points of the half for Scott to put the Eagles in striking distance. BGHS was unable to adequately feed Taylor and Kyran Jones as Ohmer and Scott inched back in the third. But just as it seemed that Scott would take over, Bowling Green’s guards showed their merit. Trey Jones knocked down a jumper and Wilson scored five points in the less than two minutes to keep Scott off their heels. The Purples led 61-53 heading into a historic fourth quarter.
The story of this game came in the final 4:30 of the fourth quarter. Scott got all the momentum from the Rupp Arena crowd as they roared back from nine point deficit. A 15-5 run put Scott in front late as Bowling Green was seeing flashbacks of last year’s 17-point blown lead to Dunbar. Ohmer knocked down a deep three and Dumlao got an and one to tie the game. Scott got their first of the game when Jake Pusateri made one of two free throws with 1:32 remaining.
Dumlao extended Scott’s lead with a layup with a minute to go. After Harmon hit a pair of very composed free throws, Jarius Key made a tip in on transition to give BG the lead back with 40 seconds remaining. Scott made a quick move to the basket and had their shot blocked by Taylor, but a foul sent Jaycob Puncy to the line for two. Puncy knocked both shots down with 24 seconds left. In the biggest moment in his basketball career, the eighth grade Harmon stepped up on the biggest stage. Harmon sank a six foot running layup to give Bowling Green the lead. Scott had a chance to win with under 20 seconds on the clock. Ohmer drove in and missed a contested layup and BGHS got the rebound to finish off an astounding 80-79 win.
Bowling Green survives. 80-79. Incredible performance by Scott. pic.twitter.com/6rmjJWyXXq
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) March 19, 2017
Not enough can be said about what Jake Ohmer did in the Sweet Sixteen. Ohmer dropped 41 and 32 in his first two games before scoring 33 in the semifinals. As a whole, Ohmer averaged 35.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in Scott’s three games. Ohmer was phenomenal on the biggest stage.
Bowling Green advances to their second title appearance in three years tomorrow against Fern Creek or Cooper. The Purples got big nights from all their stars. Taylor finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds and Jones added 18 and 6. Wilson nearly notched a double-double with 12 points and eight assists. Harmon had 18 points including the game winner.