In a game featuring 20 treys, Boone’s Ayden Begley and Jared Adkins both hit a pair of free throws in the final 11 seconds of the game to seal a 74-70 nonconference win over hot-shooting Sullivan East.
The Patriots (6-6) scorched the nets with nine 3-pointers in the first half and built a 50-42 lead heading into the final two quarters.
“We knew they could shoot,” said Boone coach Chris Brown. “But we helped by just not guarding them in the first half. In the second half we started contesting their shots and tried to get some stops.”
Boone (8-3) rallied in the third quarter behind an improved defensive effort and took a 59-58 lead heading into the final stanza.
East’s Dylan Bartley, who had hit five treys on the way to a game-high 26 points, fouled out with 3:56 left in the fourth.
“A credit to my guys,” said East coach John Dyer. “With Dylan on the bench, they still managed to have a couple of good shots near the end that could have won it for us.”
The score was tied at 70 with 11 seconds remaining when Begley hit two free throws to give the Trailblazers a lead they would not relinquish. Adkins sealed the deal with his pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds left.
“We were fortunate to get out of here with a win,” Brown noted. “We played much better in the second half.”
Prior to the game, Daniel Boone presented Dyer, who is retiring at the end of the season, with a rocking chair.
“I thank ’Blazer Nation for the gift,” Dyer said. “But I’m not ready for that rocker just yet.”
Adkins led Boone with 19 points. Begley added 18, Cade Norris 16 and Colby Backus 12.
Ethan Bradford had 12 points and Mason Montgomery and Braden Standbridge scored 10 each for East.
JENKINS ON FIRE
The Lady Trailblazers (7-5) went on a 14-0 run to start the second half and then held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Lady Patriots (8-7) in a 66-56 victory.
In the third quarter, Boone senior Jaycie Jenkins scored 17 points, blocked two shots, had two steals and a pair of rebounds. By the end of the game, Jenkins had a career-high 38 points.
“My teammates made some great passes and gave me a bunch of good looks,” she said.
Madi Runnels added 15 points for the Lady ’Blazers.
Emma Aubrey led East with 15 points and Hayley Grubb chipped in 13.