Bobcats defeat Middlesboro on last-second 3-pointer
The rivalry game between Middlesboro and Bell County lived up to the hype on Friday. With seconds ticking off the clock, Bell County’s London Stephney got free off a pick on the perimeter and knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer to send the Bobcats home with a 46-43 victory.
It was the Cameron Burnett show offensively for Bell County as the sophomore finished with 20 points while shooting at a 66.7 percent clip. He was two rebounds shy of a double-double with eight.
Stephney ended the game with 11 points, shooting 50 percent from three-point range.
Jabari Kyle paced Middlesboro with a team-high 11 points. Jordan Davis finished with nine while TJ Patterson tallied eight.
The game was close throughout its entirety with the score tied at 19-19 heading into the break. The Jackets created some separation in the third. Led by Kyle’s seven points, Middlesboro pulled out to a 37-27 lead heading into the fourth.
Threes by Dawson Woolum and Dalton Stepp helped Bell County stage a comeback in the fourth quarter, allowing Stephney to hit the game-winning three to secure the victory.
Bell County (5-7) went on to lose 82-74 to Montgomery County on Saturday in the Raymond Reed Classic. They are slated to host Williamsburg (6-8) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Middlesboro (6-6) will host Barbourville (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Bell County (46): Cameron Burnett 20, London Stephney 11, Dawson Woolum 7, Dalton Stepp 6, Andrew Caldwell 2.
Middlesboro (43): Jordan Davis 9, Trey Brock 6, Jabari Kyle 11, TJ Patterson 8, Bryson Barnard 3, Jay Tyler West 2, Eric Helton 4.