By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
After watching the Monroe County Falcons scratch and claw their way to within three at 53-50 with less than two minutes to go, the Warren Central Dragons scored the final nine points of the game Monday to beat the Falcons 62-50 in the second semifinal of the Fourth Region Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Barren County High School.
“When we got it to within three at 53-50 with 1:27 to go, I told the guys if we could just get a stop and then get a score (on the other end) we were right there,” said Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick. “We weren’t able to get that. We had to start fouling and put them on the line. They made four of five, or five of six free throws at the end. The final score was 62-50, but the game was much closer than that.”
The victory pushes Warren Central to 24-5 on the year, while Monroe County closes out its season at 21-11. The Dragons will face district rival Bowling Green in the regional championship game on Tuesday night. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
The Falcons opened the game on fire Monday as they took a 14-11 advantage at the end of the first period. The Dragons rebounded and got back in the game by outscoring Monroe County 18-13 in the second quarter to take a 29-27 lead at the intermission.
The game went back and forth through the third period with the Dragons extending their lead to five at 42-37 as the final eight minutes began.
Warren Central led the Falcons 53-45 with 3:35 to go in the game. But Monroe County junior Dillon Geralds answered with a basket inside and, after a big stop of the Dragons on the other end of the floor, Geralds came down and hit a 3-pointer in traffic to bring Monroe County to within three at 53-50.
But that’s when Warren Central’s quickness took control. The Dragons turned the Falcons over on multiple possessions, while getting seven straight points from Chris Porter-Bunton, on a layup and five straight free throws, to give Warren Central a 60-50 lead with just seconds remaining.
Geralds led Monroe County in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gearlds had 10 points and eight rebounds. Garrett Crowe scored nine and Skyler Geralds had eight. Gibril Summers and Lincoln Arnett chipped in with two points each.
Porter-Bunton was tremendous for the Dragons. He had 21 points, two assists and two steals. Byron Carver chipped in with six points.
“I was proud of this team and the season we had,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s been probably since the early 1990s since Monroe County has had 20 wins in a season. And, the 21 wins this year is one win short of the school record. And this team did it against a pretty tough schedule.”