MURFREESBORO — Just when it looked as though the Moore County boys basketball team would finally get the signature win it had been missing all season, Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Ben Brown plunged a dagger into the heart of the Raiders.
Brown took a kick out from Derrick Spears and buried a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to lift the top-seeded Cougars to a 47-44 victory over Moore County Saturday night in the opening round of the District 9-A tournament.
The loss ended Moore County’s season and the prep careers of three seniors — Ben Harvey, J.P. Robinson and Dalton Barrier.
While Moore County fell behind early in the contest, the Raiders battled back to give the tournament’s top-seeded team more than it wanted. Moore County trailed by seven points with just three minutes remaining, but made a furious rally in the waning minutes.
“We had an opportunity,” said Moore County head coach Lavon King. “We had a chance. But we shot 26 percent from the field. That’s the second lowest (other) than Lincoln County. We just didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Still the Raiders roared back to make it more than just interesting. Two free throws by Harvey and a basket by Cole Boyce pulled the Raiders close, and with 44.9 seconds remaining Boyce sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 44-all. That capped a 7-0 run by the Raiders.
With the seconds ticking away, Middle Tennessee Christian put the ball in the hands of Spears, a Class A Mr. Basketball candidate.
Read the complete story in the Feb. 14 print edition of The Moore County News. (Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)
By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)