Holmes tops Central in Sweet 16 championship thriller

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Junior guard Jeremiah Johnson scored two
layups in the last 30 seconds of a state championship
double-overtime thriller to redeem himself and give Holmes a 67-63
win over Central on Saturday.
Johnson had missed an undefended layup at the end of regulation
that would have sealed the game. He ended the game with a team-high
13 points in leading Holmes (36-2) to its first-ever state title in
the Boys Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena.
Central tied the game 51-51 with a minute left in regulation off
a Marcel Williams 3-pointer. In the ensuing possession, Johnson
missed an open layup with 8 seconds left.
In the first overtime, both teams exchanged scores until a
3-pointer by Holmes senior guard Jamel Riley put his team in front
60-58. Central senior forward Ridge Wilson hit a fade-away layup
with time expiring to send the game into its second overtime.
Both teams only managed free throws in the second overtime until
Johnson scored two unanswered layups in the final 30 seconds.
Central (19-15), a Cinderella team in the tournament, was ahead
for most of the game and led by as many as 10 in the second half. A
16-2 Holmes run put them ahead late.
Wilson led Central with 18 points and seven rebounds.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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