In a jam packed Woods Coliseum at Breathitt County High School the Knott County Patriots outlasted the Cordia Lions 59-55 and advanced to the 14th region All A Championship game.
The roughly 4,000 fans in attendance were definitely entertained by two of the top players in the Mountains, if not the state.
The Lions were led in scoring by senior guard Emmanuel Owootoah's 25 points. In only his 3rd game of the season he was the best player on the floor, which included the Patriots' sophomore guard Camron Justice, who is the top scorer in the state of Kentucky.
Justice, who confirmed an offer from Tennessee earlier in the day, had 15 points on the night. No two points were bigger than the free throws he hit with 2 seconds on the clock to clinch the victory for Knott. He finished 8 for 11 from the free throw line.
Knott County's Chance Cornett scored 10 of his team high 16 points in the 4th quarter and Cory Short had 6 of his 15 points in the final frame to make the difference for the Patriots.
Cordia battled to the end as they were outscored by only 3 points in the second half. Dondre Warren finished with 11 points and was the only other player in double figures for the Lions besides Owootoah.
Knott County will play Wolfe County in the finals Saturday night at 8pm. Cordia travels to Powell County to play the Pirates at 7:30pm.
Cordia (10-7) 14 11 8 22 55- King 8, Neace 2, Owootoah 25, Tagaloa 7, Warren 11, Nowell 2
Knott Central (17-3) 7 19 9 24 59- Justice 15, Short 15, Hall 8, Christen 5, Cornett 16