LOUISVILLE — Madison Central's Ken-Jah Bosley, who had a temperature of 102 this week, was still feeling tired and out-of-sorts going into the King of the Bluegrass on Wednesday night.
Indians Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. wasn't sure Bosley would play against St. Xavier, "and if he did I didn't think we'd get much out of him."
But Bosley did play, and he shook off his sickness to rescue and rally No. 4 Madison Central to a 79-76 overtime victory against No. 22 St. X.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard drilled a pair of three-pointers in the last six seconds of regulation, including a buzzer-beater from 28 feet that tied the game at 64 and forced the extra period.
Bosley hit another three that put the Indians ahead to stay at 76-74 in OT.
Bosley, who had 13 of his last 15 points in a four-minute span down the stretch, said he had to step up after teammates Dominique Hawkins and Quan Taylor fouled out.
"I didn't feel good, but once I saw them go out, I had to quit worrying about me and start worrying about the team," Bosley said as he tried to fight a nagging cough.
Madison Central trailed 30-23 at halftime after shooting only 28 percent. Hawkins was 1-for-9 from the field.
Feldhaus said he "ripped on" Hawkins at halftime, and he knew his 6-foot-1 senior would respond.
Sure enough, Hawkins was his aggressive, assertive self in the second half and started attacking the rim.
St. X stretched its lead to 14 (41-27) midway through the third quarter before the Indians rallied. Hawkins led the charge. He had 22 of his 24 points in the second half.
Feldhaus praised his "jayvee post players" — 6-1 junior DeMarcus George and 6-3 sophomore Sam Jones — for their contributions.
George had 10 points and five rebounds. Jones had eight points, including a layup that pushed Madison Central's lead to 78-74, and a free throw that made it 79-76 with six seconds left.
Coty Alexander also was big off the bench. The 5-7 junior left-hander hit a pair of three-pointers.
Taylor finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Alex Jones, a 6-3 senior, led St. X with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Brock Kiesler, a 6-9 senior, muscled for 10 points and 13 rebounds. Will Glasford had 12 points and eight rebounds.
St. X's shaky free throw shooting in the closing minutes of regulation kept Madison Central's hopes alive.
The biggest miss came with the Tigers up 63-61 with five seconds left. Robert Shaw went to the line for two free throws. He hit the first but missed the second.
That set the stage for Bosley's dramatic three.
"It felt good coming out of my hand, but I still didn't know if it'd go in because it was such a long shot," he said.
But Feldhaus had faith.
"It looked good all the way to me," he said with a laugh.
"Ken-Jah just made the play. He just made the play."
Madison Central advances to play host Fairdale in Friday's quarterfinals.
ST. XAVIER (6-2) -- Jones 28, Shaw 11, Glasford 12, Moody 10, Kiesler 10, McCormick 2, Hardy 1, Marquess 2.
MADISON CENTRAL (7-2) -- Hawkins 24, Bosley 15, Taylor 7, Stocker 7, Parke 0, George 10, Alexander 8, Jones 8.
St. Xavier 12 18 16 18 12—76
Madison Central 12 11 18 23 15—79
HOPKINSVILLE (6-1) -- Majors 22, Henry 12, Edwards 6, Cager 7, Matlock 8, Bell 2, Davis 2.
COLLINS (7-2) -- Marshall 17, Stone 11, Kidwell 5, Johnson 15, Smith 7, Whyte 3.
Hopkinsville 13 18 14 14—59
Collins 18 13 14 13—58
APOLLO (8-1) -- Sergeant 8, Tutt 12, Bivin 6, Wright 5, Humphrey 2, Survant 2, Hunter 3, Sutherland 3.
FAIRDALE (6-1) -- Thomas 24, Payne 25, Moore 2, Longacre 2, Blincoe 2, Jones 3, Crabtree 4, Vlark 2, Lowrey 12, Jones 2.
Apollo 7 12 12 10—41
Fairdale 12 21 22 23—78
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