Pickett County 66, Monterey 63 (OT)
The Bobcats will head to Celina for the region championship after defeating Monterey in overtime by a final score of 66-63.
The Wildcats trailed 45-41 heading into the final frame, but they managed to outscore Pickett County 17-13 to force the extra period. There, Pickett closed the game on an 8-5 run to earn the win and clinch a spot in the region championship.
Slayde Copeland led the way with 19 points for the Bobcats, while Zach Amonett scored 18. Will Amonett added 15 points of his own.
Cayden Jones paced Monterey with 24 points, and Brandon Dillon scored 11 points. Tucker Phillips and LT Sullivan each scored 10 points.
Warren County 75, East Hamilton 66 (OT)
The Pioneers got a massive fourth quarter performance from C.J. Taylor and it led them to a 75-66 overtime win over East Hamilton on Tuesday.
Trailing 49-39, Taylor scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Pioneers back from the brink of elimination and force overtime.
There, Warren County outscored East Hamilton 12-3 to secure their spot in the region championship against Cleveland.
Dee Spates aided Taylor’s 37 with 16 points of his own.
York Institute 51, Watertown 47
The Dragons have clinched a berth in both the region championship and the substate round, as they took down Watertown 51-47 on Tuesday.
York got off to a good start on offense, as they held an 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Fast-forward to the end of the third, and they maintained that seven-point lead at 42-35. Despite being outscored 12-9 in the fourth, the Dragons held on for the win by a final score of 51-47.
Bryson Bilbrey led the Dragons with 16 points, while Riley Cooper scored 15.
Upperman 50, Livingston Academy 40
The Dragons’ opponent on Thursday will be the Upperman Bees, as they defeated Livingston Academy by a final score of 50-40.
Livingston cut the deficit down to 35-30 in the fourth quarter, but wouldn’t get any closer than that as the Bees closed out a win and clinched their spot in the region championship.
Alex Rush put together a monster double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Collin Gore and Jaxon Fox each added 14 points.
Matthew Sells led LA with 19 points in his final game as a Wildcat.
Clay County 72, Van Buren 50
Class A Mr. Basketball Finalist Grant Strong put together another big game in the Bulldogs’ 72-50 win over Van Buren on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs took off from the word go in this one, as they held a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The third quarter proved to also be a difference-maker, as Clay outscored Van Buren 19-10 to increase the lead to 58-33 and they cruised to the finish line from there.
Strong finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Gunnar Silk added 18 points. Jeff Spivey finished with 10 points.
Will Wrisner led the Eagles with 12 points, while John Allen and Taylor Hillis each scored nine points.
Cleveland 68, White County 53
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