Morris late game hero in LMS comeback
The LMS boys travelled to Cornersville Thursday night, hoping to salvage a split in the intra-county season series and things were not going as planned as they trailed by nine points going into the fourth before mounting an epic comeback to secure a 23-22 win.
Lewisburg’s Kintarius Morris, who led all scorers in the contest with 10 points, capped off the Tigers’ comeback via a game-winning three-point play the old fashioned way with 12.9 seconds remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start as Skylar Davis and Bradden Hickman hit back-to-back 3-pointers on their first two possessions before LMS got on the board with one Montai Vaughn free throw.
Demari Braden made it a 6-5 ballgame when he came up with back-to-back field goals, but a second 3-pointer by Davis and a David Metcalf bucket in the paint to end the first quarter gave the Bulldogs an 11-5 lead.
There was no scoring in the second period until the 2:20 mark when Cornersville’s Caden White made a great play when he saved the ball from going out of bounds under the Bulldogs’ basket and in process, passed the rock to a wide-open Metcalf for an easy lay-in.
Morris came up with s basket for LMS’s only points in the period and Hickman drilled a long bomb near the end of the first half to make it a 16-9 contest at the intermission.
A Khi Canty steal and score at the outset of the second half cut the Bulldogs’ lead to five points, but once again Cornersville stepped on the gas with a 6-0 run on a Metcalf field goal, a Davis trey, and one free throw by Mason Calahan.
Jonathon Bair broke the Bulldog run with a free throw and Morris’ hot streak began with a 3-pointer to close out the third quarter with CMS in front 22-13.
Morris swiped the rock and scored to start off the fourth quarter as LMS picked up the defensive effort.
The Bulldogs went cold from the field and with 2:04 remaining in the game, Morris knocked in a rebound to make it a 22-17 contest.
LMS made it a four-point game on another Bair foul shot and after a Bulldog timeout with 40.3 seconds left, Morris stole the ball and fed Antomme Cawthorn for a layup, slicing the Bulldog lead to just two points.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over again and Morris made them pay as he drove to the hoop, laid the rock off the window for two points and was fouled.
CMS called timeout after the basket and after the stoppage, Morris calmly drained the go-ahead free throw with 12.9 seconds left and the Bulldogs were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
Braden ended up with six points, Canty, Bair, and Cawthorn all had two points apiece, and Vaughn had one free throw.
Davis led the Bulldogs in the scoring column with nine points on three 3-pointers, Hickman had two treys for six points, Metcalf also had six points, and Calahan had one free throw.
LMS 5 2 6 10-23
CMS 11 5 6 0-22
LMS (23): Kintarius Morris 10, Demari Braden 6, Khi Canty 2, Jonathon Bair 2, Antomme Cawthorn 2, Montai Vaughn 1.
Free Throws (6-for-8): Morris 3-for-3, Bair 2-for-4, Vaughn 1-for-2.
Three-point goals (1): Morris.
CMS (22): Skylar Davis 9, Bradden Hickman 6, David Metcalf 6, Mason Calahan 1.
Free Throws (1-for-3): Calahan 1-for-2, Hickman 0-for-1.
Three-point goals (5): Davis 3, Hickman 2.
Halftime Score: CMS 16, LMS 7.