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Madison Central stuns Trinity in Joe B. Hall Classic

January 22, 2012
By Edward Atchley of Louisville Male High School

MOUNT STERLING, KY. — In one of the strangest endings for a high school basketball game, Madison Central remained the only undefeated team in the state with a 78-77 upset of top-ranked Trinity in the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic.

Trailing by four points after hitting two free throws with 11.2 seconds left, Madison Central (20-0) hit five free throws in the final 5.8 seconds including one with no time left on the clock before an overflow crowd of more than 3,600 at Montgomery County High School.

“This will put us on the map in Kentucky,” said Madison Central junior guard Dominique Hawkins, who had 33 points on 11-of-17 shooting in the nightcap of the five-game showcase.

It will also be an ending that many won’t soon forget.

After center Hunter Allen made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to tie the game at 77, Trinity lost the ball out of bounds near the baseline.

With 0:00.1 seconds left, Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus said his team’s only chance was to “tap” the ball in. So, Hawkins threw the ball high into the air near the basket where Quan Taylor was going to try and tap it in.

But with the ball in the air, Trinity’s Nathan Dieudonne was whistled for a foul. Taylor, who was 7 of 10 on free throws for the night, missed the first free throw but made the second with no time on the clock for the win.

“I thought we were going to overtime,” Taylor said. “I didn’t know what the whistle was for until I turned around. (After missing the first one). I just took my time on the second free throw, shot it and it went in.”

Trinity (17-3) had its 12-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first loss against an in-state foe this season.

Bullitt East 61, Rowan County 59: In his first game since making a commitment to the University of Kentucky, Bullitt East junior Derek Willis had a solid outing, with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Chargers (17-3), but it was junior guard Trey Rake who hit the game-winning shot.

Rakes drained a jumper with 3.7 seconds left to seal the victory over defending 16th Region champion Rowan County (11-6).

Rakes’ shot capped a wild finish that saw Rowan County rally from 12 points down with just more than five minutes left.

Perry County Central 69, Ashland Blazer 54: Jaysean Paige, a senior transfer from Jamestown, N.Y., hit 13 of 17 from the field and led the Commodores (16-4) with 32 points and nine rebounds.

Perry Central hit 28 of 42 from the field, including 19 of 26 (73.1 percent) in the first half. Corey Gregg’s 27 points led the Tomcats (12-9).

Mason County 71, Pulaski County 65: Tyler Black scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Royals (10-9) tagged the Maroons (14-8) with a loss. Tyler Goins led the Maroons with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kody Johnson, who scored 51 points in a win Friday over Wayne County, had 17 for Pulaski.

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