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December 22, 2013

H.S. BOYS’ BAKSETBALL: Koerner’s free throw gives Providence win over Floyd

Pioneers hit 17 of 50 from foul line in ugly 51-50 victory



The Highlanders closed the first quarter with a 6-0 run, which was capped by a steal and layup by Ervin with five seconds left in the first frame. Providence led at the end of the first quarter 14-8. 

After two Grant Goad free throws gave Providence a 16-10 lead with 6:15 remaining in the first half, Ervin answered with three free throws after being fouled by Providence reserve center Dawson Mitchell during a 3-point attempt. The Highlanders tied the contest at 16 after freshman guard Tyler Kimm nailed a 3-pointer form the right wing with just over five minutes left in the first half. 

Two more Ervin free throws gave Floyd Central its first lead of the ballgame at 20-18 with 3:23 remaining in the first half. The visitors entered intermission ahead 25-22. 

It appeared as if Floyd was poised take control of the contest during the third quarter. A 3-pointer from Kimm made the score 31-25 with four minutes remaining. But the Pioneers answered with a short jumper by Ben Shahroudi, a 3-pointer from Brock Hayden and two free-throws from Juston Betz and the Pioneers led 32-31 with 2:35 remaining following the 7-0 run. 

The Highlanders led 35-34 at the end of the third quarter, and opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run that gave them a 41-34 lead with six minutes remaining. Providence answered again, with another Hayden 3-pointer and a short jumper from center Nick Hayes that drew the Pioneers to within 41-39 with just over five minutes left. 

The lead changed several more times, and following a Providence miss, Floyd Central guard Austin Newell grabbed the long rebound, went the length of the court and scored for a 50-47 Highlander lead with a minute remaining. 

On Providence's end, Hayden nailed yet another clutch 3-pointer to tie the score at 50 with 38 seconds left. 

Floyd Central took the ball down the court and called timeout with 13 seconds left, but off the inbounds play, the Highlanders committed a turnover and the Pioneers received the ball back. With two seconds left, Lewis fouled Koerner and that set up the winning free throw for Providence. 

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