LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - One Cinderella upset another as Central
withstood a late West Jessamine rally and overcame seven late
turnovers to win 52-48 in the semifinals of the state tournament.
Senior guard Wann Robinson had a key steal and layup with just
over a minute left to lift the Yellowjackets ahead, and guard Alex
Morrison added 16 points to lead the Yellowjackets to the
championship game of the Boys' Sweet Sixteen State Basketball
Tournament at Rupp Arena Saturday.
Central coach Doug Bibby, who coached current NBA Celtics star
Rajon Rando, compared Morrison to his former student.
"Alex is the smartest guard outside Rajon I've ever coached,"
Central (19-14), which upset tournament favorites and Louisville
rivals Eastern in the quarter finals, shot 49 percent from the
field and kept West Jessamine to 39 percent shooting.
Senior forward Ridge Wilson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
With five football players filling out the Central roster,
including Wilson, a University of Kentucky football recruit, the
Yellowjackets overpowered the Colts on the boards and in the paint.
Central out rebounded West Jessamine 30 to 19.
"Coming into the game, we knew we had to contain them," Wilson
said. "We knew we were bigger, and rebounding and boxing out were
our main focus."
West Jessamine (28-9), making their first-ever tournament
appearance, came back from a nine point deficit to make it a game
late in the fourth quarter. It was the second time in the
tournament the Colts have come from behind. Still, two late
turnovers sealed their fate.
Junior point guard Jarrod Polson scored 23 points.
The Colts jumped out to a 14-11 first-quarter. Central took
their first lead of the first half at 14-16 and went into halftime
up 32-27. The Yellowjackets bolted out to a nine point third
West Jessamine continued to threaten, tying the game at 46-46
after taking advantage of seven Central fourth quarter turnovers.
Central plays the winner of Elliott County and Holmes 8 p.m.