By Les Dixon
MIDDLESBORO — Knox Central’s Jeffrey Adams might be a freshman, but he’s playing like a four-year starter as his 25-point effort and four three-pointers turned out to be enough to lead the Panthers to a thrilling 73-64 double overtime win over Middlesboro Tuesday.
Knox Central entered the week riding a three-game losing skid while needing some momentum heading into next week’s 51st District Tournament.
They’ve got the momentum and then some, as Adams has played a big part in his team's current two-game win streak by knocking down a combined nine three-pointers during the past two games, including one at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
By the time Knox Central wrapped up the win, coach Brian Evans had three freshmen and two sophomores on the court, as Tobie Merida, Matt Barger, Nathan Cole and Jacob Wilburn each fouled out during the game.
“I’m really proud of those guys,” Evans said. “I really don’t know how exactly we did it other than we just found a way. We made enough free throws and got enough stops and rebounds and kind of found a way to do it.
“I’m just really proud of the guys,” he added. “It was just a wild game. To find a way to win a game like this down the stretch of the season is a real good win for our guys.”
Knox Central 73, Middlesboro 64
Knox Central (73) — Adams 25, Barger 21, Hensley 13, Merida 11, Cole 2, Hall 1.
Middlesboro (64) — Foister 16, Riddle 17, Poindexter 17, Smith 2, Wilson 5, Bowling 6.
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