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Vikings' Averill beats buzzer

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

FRANKFORT - It didn't go exactly the way St. Mary coach Greg Overstreet drew it up and honestly it looked like the play had broken down, but it didn't matter because somehow, someway Wes Averill was able to put up a last-ditch layup at the buzzer and gave the Vikings a stunning come-from behind 38-36 victory over Bishop Brossart in an All A Classic Boys State Tournament first-round game Thursday night at the Frankfort Convention Center.

"I was just looking for some options to pass to, but someone passed in front of my face so I decided to drive the lane and shoot it," said Averill, who got the ball on a deflection on a back-door pass that Mason Vaughan was trying to get to McCall Overstreet. He then drove to the right side of the basket and scored over two Bishop Brossart players inches from the goal as the red light went on.

When it came down to it, Overstreet was simply hoping his Vikings would just get a shot close to the basket and it came to fruition.

"It wasn't the play we designed, but we just wanted something at the rim," the coach said. "We had a couple of bobbles and every guy that got it was looking to drive in the last seconds. Wes was able to get in there and made a big shot. It helped that Harrison Dicken's made two big foul shots right before. We just stayed aggressive the whole game and we did a great jog of guarding their post guys."

With the win, St. Mary (16-5) moves on and will meet Cordia in the quarterfinals tonight at 8:30. Cordia advanced by beating Carroll County 72-42 Thursday night.

"They are a completely different team than Bishop Brossart," Overstreet said. "They got a seven-footer (Oumar Keita) and a 6-8 guy (Fritz Lucien) and they've got great quickness in the backcourt. It's going to be an absolutely completely different game from the one we played tonight, but we're looking forward to it."

Cordia also has a 6-2 senior guard, Christen Cunningham, who is being recruited by Ohio University.

Patrick Hubert had the game high and led St. Mary with 13 points, Dickens scored eight and Averill and Tyler Dome both added seven.

Bishop Brossart (20-1) was led by Alex Trentman's 12 points and Drew Burns 10.

Bishop Brossart had took control of game in the fourth quarter and after trailing at the the start of it 26-25, the Mustangs took a 35-31 lead with 1:53 to go on two free throws by Rieger.

Hubert answered with two freebies and got the Vikings within two, 35-33, with 1:33 remaining, coming after Hackworth missed two with 1:39 left.

St. Mary was aided by the fact Bishop Brossart went 1 for 6 from the free-throw line and committed two turnovers in the final 1:39.

On the other hand, the Vikings, including Hubert's two, connected on 5 of 6 in the same span. There were none bigger than Dickens', who hit two with 19.8 left that put St. Mary up 36-35.

The Mustangs sank their only free throw in the final moments with 16.8 left on Trentman's make.

After Overstreet called a timeout with 11.9 seconds left, Averill drained the game-winning basket.

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St. Mary 11 21 26 38

Bishop Brossart 10 13 25 36

ST. MARY- Patrick Hubert 13, Harrison Dickens 8, Wes Averill 7, McCall Overstreet 3, Tyler Dome 7, Mason Vaughan, Peyton Smith, Nick Egemeyer.

Field goals 12/3. 3-pointers 5/18 (Hubert, Dickens 2, Dome 2). Free throws 9/12. Rebounds 21. Fouls 18. Record 16-5.

BISHOP BROSSART- Spencer Hackworth 9, Erik Reiger 2, Alex Trentman 12, Drew Burns 10, Austin Shannon 3, Kramer, Geiman, McDonald.

Field goals 13/28. 3-pointers 4/8 (Hackworth 3, Trentman 1). Free throws 6/17. Rebounds 26. Fouls 15. Record 20-2.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661, or follow him on Twitter @bigdog_jamesd.

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