What. A. Day.
The KHSAA Sweet 16 got off to a ridiculous start this afternoon, as Scott County’s Cooper Robb unleashed his inner Aaron Harrison to take down Trinity.
With just under six seconds remaining, Robb caught the ball in the corner and drilled a go-ahead three-pointer to seal the victory.
Check out the replay:
Cooper Robb. Buckets. Scott County 54, Trinity 53. :05.8 left: pic.twitter.com/lBlwgr8YFX
— Evan Dennison (@EvanDennison1) March 14, 2018
The finish was epic, and it fell right in line with the back-and-forth battle we saw all afternoon between both stud programs.
With just 41 seconds remaining in the third, former Louisville commit David Johnson flushed home a dunk to push the Trinity lead to seven points, the largest margin of the day.
Almost immediately after, Scott County’s Cam Fluker drilled a three to end the quarter to cut the Trinity lead to just four. Two more buckets to start the fourth tied the game back up at 39 a piece.
After trading buckets throughout the forth, a pair of Justin Powell free throws pushed the Shamrocks ahead by two with just 20 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for them, their road to a state title ended in the hands of Robb, with Scott County winning in the final seconds 54-53.
Beyond the game-winner, Robb finished the day with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the victory.
Michael Moreno led Scott County with 24 points (8-13 shooting), nine rebounds, and an assist.
For Trinity, three players finished in double figures, led by Jay Scrubb with 16 points and eight rebounds in just 26 minutes.
Scott County will take on Corbin on Friday afternoon.
Speaking of Corbin, the Redhounds put on a show against Estill County in the first game of the day.
Corbin beat the Engineers of Estill County 50-40 in front of a sea of blue in Rupp Arena. The Redhounds wanted to run and turn the opening contest into a track meet but failed to make shots. It did however score 21 points off turnovers. Corbin shot 38% from the floor (20/52) including just 21% from the three-point line. Estill County was more offensively deliberate and attempted only 27 field goals. It made 52% of its shots but lost the turnover battle 17-7. Corbin won on the boards with a 29-23 advantage but it controlled the offensive glass with a 13-1 margin.
Estill County limited Corbin all-state guard Andrew Taylor to 15 points. The Furman signee did not shoot the basketball well: 6 of 13 from the field and 50% from the free throw line.
Other results from today:
Warren Central defeats Southwestern 68-44
Despite finding themselves on an 8-0 run to start the game, Southwestern ended up getting blown out by Warren Central by a final score of 68-44.
Southwestern made a magical run to the Sweet 16 following three major upset victories in the 12th region tournament, but Warren Centrals 21-0 run in the second quarter was just too much to overcome, ending their impressive journey on Wednesday night.
Skyelar Potter led Warren Central with 23 points, eight rebounds, and two steals in the victory.
Jordan Cousin also added 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in Central’s big win.
Pikeville edges John Hardin in TRIPLE overtime
You thought Trinity vs. Scott County was the only buzzer beater of the day? You thought wrong.
In fact, John Hardin vs. Pikeville featured a buzzer beater, clutch free throws, and a triple overtime finish.
After stalling out on offense and going scoreless in the final 2:30 of regulation, Pikeville’s Wyatt Battaile drilled a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime:
Pikeville’s Wyatt Battaile to send it to OT. pic.twitter.com/O03FIeqLU8
— Dan Rieffer (@drieffer) March 15, 2018
Unfortunately for Pikeville, that field goal drought continued into overtime, as the team finished the game without a field goal in the last 2:54 … But once again, their last-second heroics bailed them out, drawing a foul on a three-pointer and drilling three free throws to send the game to double OT.
In double overtime, we saw yet ANOTHER scoring drought, and yet ANOTHER clutch play. John Hardin hit a jumper and a free throw to take a three-point lead, only to see it wiped away by a three from Pikeville’s Christian Billiter with just 16 seconds remaining. John Hardin couldn’t convert, and the game headed to triple overtime.
After three scoring droughts at the end of regulation, overtime, and double OT, Pikeville finally found their scoring groove, converting three buckets and five free throws to keep the lead out of reach and pull out the victory.
Malik Wright and Mickey Pearson combined for 27 points in the loss for John Hardin. Aaron Scott also finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Battaile led the way in the victory with 30 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for Pikeville. Connor Roberts also added 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Tomorrow’s game to watch: University Heights vs. Campbell County
All eyes will be on Kentucky recruit and Hopkinsville native Kyky Tandy at noon tomorrow when his University Heights squad takes on Campbell County. Tandy is looking for an offer from Kentucky, and though the Cats are in Boise and will be taking on Davidson tomorrow night, you better believe the UK coaching staff will be keeping an eye on his performances this week.
Dominique Hawkins earned a Kentucky offer by leading Madison Central to a state championship several years back, and Tandy can follow in his footsteps to Lexington with a big run.
KSR will be there to follow his journey, along with all of the other top programs trying to take home state title honors.