Playing with a full complement of players for the first time in a long time, the Pats played some of their best basketball of the year in Friday night’s Paducah Tilghman game and Saturday’s championship game against the Bluejays of Charleston, Mo. Massac took down Tilghman in the semi-final game 70-67 on Friday and lost 74-55 to an extremely talented Charleston team in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate.
Friday night’s game with cross-river rival Tilghman was a genuine barn-burner that saw Massac jump out to a 7-0 lead before Cody Schultz got Tilghman on the board with a three pointer.
That 7-0 lead was the biggest of the night until 5:13 in the third quarter when Massac claimed a brief 42-32 lead.
The rest of the game was back and forth with both teams taking and losing leads. The final eight minutes was especially frenetic with Schultz, Michael Smith and J.D. Harmon all turning in huge plays for Tilghman.
Massac answered with big plays from Dalton Mitchell, Malcom Amos and particularly Ethan Schulte. In the last two minutes of play, Smith and UK football recruit Harmon kept Tilghman within two points with big buckets.
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