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Eagles Pull Out Last Second Win At Milan
By David Sharp
Milan (6-5, 0-1) 1was able to slow the pace of a January 27, 2009 Tri-Rivers Conference boys’ match and nearly handed Knox County their second loss in TRC play. Mitchel Penn scored with nine seconds to play in the game, saving a 50-48 Eagle victory.
The game was close on the scoreboard all the way. Both teams sank four three pointers during the contest. Milan was 61% at the free throw line (8-13) and Knox County went a solid 8-12 for 67% at the charity stripe.
The Eagles took a quick 8-3 lead, but Milan came back within a 13-11 deficit at the first break. The host Wildcats outscored the Eagles 15-14 in the second quarter, pulling within a 27-26 halftime lead for Knox County.
The Eagles led 40-36 entering the fourth quarter. Logan Hill completed a pair of late game three point plays tying the score twice in the closing moments.
Keenan Gillaspy tossed in a clutch three ball and Mitchel Penn saved the sluggish Eagles from entering overtime with his last second game winner.
“Our guys came in overconfident I thought,” said Knox County coach Jesse Crawford. “Milan is a big, physical team. They packed it in with a 2-3 zone. Our trapping defense wasn’t there. Bryce Richardson is an all state football player. He hit four threes against us. Logan Hill was tough off the dribble.”
“More than anything, it was our lack of intensity,” said Crawford. “They held Dennis Dent to three rebounds. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well. We didn’t platy well, and still were able to win.”
Logan Hill scored a game high 22 Wildcat points. Bryce Richardson finished with 12 Milan points. Freshman Cooper Bankus was next in line with seven Milan points.
Dennis Dent led Knox County (10-5, 3-1) with 15 points. Mitchel Penn tossed in 13 points. Keenan Gillaspy was in double figures with 11 points. Lucas Hudson scored seven and Justin Reeves added four Knox County points.