Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 30, 2013

Eagles get quick redemption

Fairview blows 8-point lead, rallies to beat Raceland

Matt Fultz
For The Independent

RACELAND — In sports, “do-overs” are rare. Tuesday night was one on those rare occurrences for Fairview.

After surrendering an eight-point lead in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter, the Eagles rebounded with a near flawless four minutes in overtime to edge Raceland 62-57 at Raceland-Worthington High School.

Once opening up a four-point lead early in the extra session, Fairview was able to burn a minute, thirty seconds off of the clock with some slick ball handling and crisp passing, something that it struggled with in the fourth quarter.

“I think they finally understood what we wanted them to do,” Fairview coach Derek Cooksey said. “They were patient.”

Patient is exactly what the Eagles were not in the latter parts of the final quarter, resulting in three consecutive turnovers.

 “Any time you are up eight points with four minutes to go you have to understand time and possession,” Cooksey said. “I think everyone in the gym heard me saying that several times. We practice this in a practice setting, but in a game they still have to learn.”

Even when Fairview was not turning it over, things were still not going right, as the Eagles missed three of their four foul shots, including the front end of the bonus twice.

Raceland (8-12) took advantage by scoring six points in the last 56 seconds to force overtime. The tying basket was supplied by Jacob Blair, who hit a free-throw line jumper with 2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Blair scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench for the Rams.

Once in overtime, Isaiah King did what he did most of the game, get to the basket. The younger of the King brothers, Isaiah, scored the first basket in overtime and converted a three-point play to cap off the 1:30 possession.

“They definitely had all of the momentum,” Cooksey said. “I thought it was important that we controlled that opening tap (of overtime).”

King scored a team-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

Ryan Jones also played well in the overtime, making three of his four attempts from the charity stripe to help preserve the lead.

Connor Messer played extremely well in the loss for the Rams, tallying a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds.