LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - One team will represent Louisville in the
semifinals of the state tournament, but it won't be the team many
Central High School overcame a nine-point second-half deficit to
upset rival and tournament favorite Eastern 71-65 in the
"When we were down, we said that if we're going to go down,
we're going to go down swinging," said Central coach Doug Bibby.
"I guess we got the last punch."
Central senior guard Alex Morrison scored 21 points, including
five 3-pointers to advance the Yellowjackets to the final four of
the Boys' Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena.
Senior forward Ridge Wilson added 16 points and a key turnover
with 40 seconds left.
Bibby coached Eastern before coming to Central. While an Eagle,
he coached current Boston Celtics' star Rajon Rando.
Eastern (31-3) struggled to match Central's tempo all day.
Senior guard Chris Dowe, who scored 27 in the Eagles' opening round
game and was a rising star at the tournament, was limited to 14
"We didn't mind if he got the ball," Bibby said. "We just
wanted to contest his shots."
Central (18-14), who lost to Eastern 78-55 in February, shot 53
percent from the field, and kept the Eagles to just 41 percent.
"They beat us in the regular season, but we learned from
that," Bibby said.
The teams remained deadlocked throughout the first half and into
the second until back-to-back Dowe 3-pointers in the third quarter
gave Eastern a four point lead. The Eagles stretched the lead to as
many as nine, but Central continued to threaten.
The Yellowjackets took the lead late in the fourth quarter off a
Wann Robinson free throw and managed to hold on by shooting 60
percent free throws.
Central will play West Jessamine on Saturday at 10 a.m. EDT.