NICHOLASVILLE — Montgomery County senior Blake Thomas said it was "the craziest thing in basketball I've ever experienced."
Thomas was talking about his buzzer-beating three-pointer from the right corner that tied West Jessamine 63-63 and forced overtime in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at East Jessamine Saturday night.
No. 9 Montgomery County, powered by Darius Jones, then won it 71-66 in OT to stay undefeated at 16-0.
Thomas was an unlikely hero. He entered the game in the closing minutes of regulation after senior point guard Bryan Wallace fouled out.
The Indians were in a tough spot. They trailed 62-56 with 30 seconds left.
Julian Piersawl's rebound basket cut it to 62-58, and after West Jessamine's turnover on the in-bounds play, Piersawl scored again to make it 62-60.
West Jessamine's Lane Brooks hit one of two free to give the Colts a 63-60 lead with :05.7 left.
That set the stage for Thomas' three-pointer.
"I had confidence," Thomas said.
Once Montgomery County got to overtime, Darius Jones took over. The 6-foot-3 senior scored all eight of the Indians points in the extra period.
"After Blake hit that shot, I knew it was time to play. I had to pick up my game," Jones said.
Jones finished with 18 points. Wallace led the winners with 22 points before fouling out with 1:55 left.
Xavier Piersawl had 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. Deante Cisero added six points and nine rebounds for the defending 10th Region champs.
"This was a great team win," Coach Jason Holland said. "This was our first game in a week, and second in 17 days. We got some of the rust off, and it was good for us to get a close game like this."
West Jessamine was led by Daulton Peters' 23 points and nine rebounds. The 6-3 senior fouled out with 3:27 left.
But the Colts still almost won it without him.
Will Henderson had 15 points, and Daulton Crouse had nine points and nine rebounds.
No. 11 Lincoln County 57, Fleming County 52: Jacob Conway's 23 points led the Patriots, who were clutch down the stretch.
Troy Steward's 24 points paced Fleming County, which has played all season without star Darion Burns. He's rehabbing a knee injury and could be back before the district tournament.
No. 16 Wayne County 89, Bryan Station 60: Things didn't look good for Wayne County when it trailed 35-25 with 3:25 left in the first half, and point guard Trey Blevins was on the bench with three fouls. But the Cardinals got on a roll, led by Peyton Woods, and outscored Bryan Station 16-0 to end the half. Woods had 11 points in that run.
Wayne County continued to dominate in the second half and eventually led by as many as 39 points (89-50) as it ran its record to 18-0.
"A lot of things fell into place once we got the lead," Coach Rodney Woods said. "That rim got small for them real quick. Those shots they'd been making started rolling off. It happens to everybody."
Peyton Woods led the winners with 31 points, including 5-for-8 on three-pointer. Corey Stearns had 28 points and nine rebounds.
Wayne County beat host East Jessamine 94-80 on Friday night, then came back 15 hours later and whipped Bryan Station. "To beat both those teams by a pretty good amount, that's impressive," Peyton Woods said.
Bryan Station was led by C.J Walker's 17 points. Daquice Allen had 10. The Defenders were coming off a 64-61 loss at No. 2 Scott County on Friday night.
Paul Laurence Dunbar 80, East Jessamine 78: When bad weather kept McCreary Central from playing its scheduled game with East Jessamine, Dunbar Coach Scott Chalk jumped at the chance to be a last-minute replacement. "We need to play games," Chalk said of his young Bulldogs.
Dunbar trailed by five with just over a minute to play, but closed with a 7-0 rush. Taveion Hollingsworth's three-point play cut the deficit to 78-76. Troy Black's steal and layup tied it with :40 left. After East Jessamine missed a pair of free throws, Black's put-back with :04 left gave the Bulldogs the victory.
Darius Williams led Dunbar with 23 points and Donnie Lewis had 17. East Jessamine's Ronnie Carson had 26 points and Hayden Smith 20.
Montgomery Co. 71, West Jessamine 66
MONTGOMERY COUNTY (16-0) — Wallace 22, Piersawl 19, Jones 18, Thomas 3, Cisero 6, Hodgsen 3.
WEST JESSAMINE (13-5) — Peters 23, Henderson 15, Holifield 6, Ely 8, Brooks 5, Crouse 9.
Montgomery County 12 19 13 198— 71
West Jessamine 17 15 17 14 3—66
Lincoln Co. 57, Fleming Co. 52
LINCOLN COUNTY (14-5) — Conway 23, Taylor 10, Conley 11, Pittman 5, Hoover 2, Godby 2, Wilks 4.
FLEMING COUNTY (12-6) — Steward 24, Saunders 7, McKee 3, Crisp 8, Williams 7, Crumbie 3.
Lincoln County 6 17 10 24—57
Fleming County 11 17 4 20—52
Wayne Co. 89, Bryan Station 60
WAYNE COUNTY (18-0) — Woods 31, Blevins 11, Stearns 28, Perkins 11, Gillespie 5, Gardner 1, Clem 2.
BRYAN STATION (9-8) — Walker 17, Allen 10, Henry 2, Washington 8, Anderson 2, Claitt 1, Bradford 2, Owsley 2, Davis 2, Hipps 4, Barnes 8, Dunn 2.
Wayne County 18 23 27 21—89
Bryan Station 2 14 13 12—60
Paul Dunbar 80, East Jessamine 78
PAUL DUNBAR (7-10) — Williams 23, D.Lewis 17, Black 13, Hurst 2, Hollingsworth 11, Corio 2, Penney 5, Clark 5, J. Lewis 2.
EAST JESSAMINE (10-9) — Carson 26, Smith 20, Jones 14, Bruner 4, Downey 10, White 2, Cox 2.
Paul Dunbar 23 12 17 28—80
East Jessamine15 18 20 25—78
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