Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lafayette Upsets Henry Clay On Last-Second Shot

In a showdown between two of Lexington's top teams, No. 18 Lafayette used "Mr. Double Double" Jackson Davis' 23 points and 11 rebounds to edge out No. 5 Henry Clay 65-64.

The Generals jumped out to a 20-14 lead in the first. Davis drained a three to close out the quarter, but it was ruled no basket due to a clock issue. With just under 4 minutes left in the second quarter, Henry Clay's Teddy Ware hit one of his three treys on the night to cap off a Blue Devil run and tie the game at 25. Lafayette outscored Henry Clay 20-14 in the first quarter. Henry Clay reciprocated and outscored Lafayette 17-13 in the second. The Generals took a 33-31 lead into the locker room at halftime led by Tranard Chester with 12 points and Jackson Davis with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Christen Cunningham led the Blue Devils with 10 points and 3 rebounds in the half.

Henry Clay won the third quarter battle 19-13, sealed with a Jordan Green 3-pointer at the buzzer to end it. A monster slam by Davis  followed by another quick 2 pts. prompted a timeout at the 4:39 mark. Green answered with a dunk of his own that ignited the crowd and had Al Prewitt Gymnasium rocking. That brought the score to 59-58 Lafayette. A big follow-up jumper by Lance Blakely made it 63-62 Generals. After a delay and clock adjustment, Jordan Green hit the jumper, but the basket didn't count. He was sent to the foul line on a blocking call on Nick Trisko. Green knocked down both free throws to retake the lead for Henry Clay at 64-63 with 8.3 seconds on the clock. Dequise Robinson got tied up. Generals called a final timeout with 4.6 remaining.

In a fitting finish to a game dominated by the pair, Jackson Davis nailed the long jumper over Henry Clay's Jordan Green as time expired for the win. Lafayette escapes with the upset in a last-second thriller 65-64.

Jackson Davis finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tranard Chester had 19 points, 4 rebounds and Charles Sweat-Washington chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Generals.

Jordan Green led the Blue Devils with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 1 ast, 2 blks and 1 stl. Christen Cunningham added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Henry Clay travels to Montgomery County on Saturday (1/26) to take on Southwestern in the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic at 5:15 p.m.

Lafayette faces Lexington Christian in a rescheduled game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Lafayette (12-8): 20 13 13 19 65
Sweat-Washington 10, Chester 19, Robinson 1, Blakely 5, Davis 23, Trisko 7.

Henry Clay (17-4): 14 17 19 14 64
Grundy 11, Green 24, Newby 3, Cunningham 14, Ware 10, Tisdale 2.

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