ALBANY — Glasgow had chances Saturday night to capture the Fourth Region All “A” Classic championship, but couldn't make the plays when necessary.
“Defensively, we were outstanding,” Scotties head coach John Tinsley said. “We missed some shots around the hole, missed some open shots.”
The end result was a 45-41 loss to Clinton County in Albany that lifted the Bulldogs to the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic State Tournament in Frankfort. They play Knott County Central at 7 p.m. central Thursday at the convention center.
With four minutes to play Saturday, the outcome of the championship game was still in question. Milas Norris had just stolen the basketball, made a pass to Steely Harris to ignite a fast break, and then gotten the ball back for a layup with 4:07 to go. The basket tied the contest at 39-all.
Clinton County's ensuing possession ended with a turnover, giving the Scotties a chance to take a lead with less than three minutes in the game.
Glasgow, though, gave the ball right back and with 2:02 showing on the game clock, Frank England made a field goal for the Bulldogs and his team took the lead for good, up 41-39.
The Scotties' next possession also ended with a turnover and Clinton's Kolby Langford scored on a layup with 30 seconds left in the game, ending any question as to the outcome.
“We had a couple of turnovers down the stretch and that hurt us,” Tinsley said.
Glasgow had a look at a 3-pointer that was short with 16 seconds to play. Also, after a missed free throw on a one-and-one by England, Ryne Tinsley scored with eight seconds left in the game. The Scotties, though, were forced to foul and Langford hit both free throws with 4.4 seconds showing to set the final score.
The game was close throughout despite Clinton County holding a lead most of the game. There were only three lead changes, but the contest was tied six times.
Trey Tinsley gave Glasgow the first lead, making a layup one minute into the game. Ryan Beard nailed a 3 on an assist from Keifer Dalton to put the Bulldogs ahead 3-2 with 5:48 showing in the first quarter. Dalton scored next to push Clinton's lead to 5-2. Ryne Tinsley buried a 3-pointer with five minutes to go in the opening period and the game had its first tie at 5-5.
The Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run for their biggest lead of the game, 12-5, with 2:36 showing in the first quarter. They finished the opening period up by 5, 15-10.
Both teams locked down on defense in the second quarter, allowing Glasgow to post an 8-4 run over nearly seven minutes. A 3 by Ryne Tinsley pulled the Scotties to within a point, 19-18, with 1:42 left until halftime. Again, the Bulldogs responded and led 23-20 at intermission.
The Scotties posted a 6-3 run to open the third quarter with 3-pointers by Harris and Trey Tinsley. Tinsley's field goal tied the game at 26-all with 6:31 to play in the third. His 3 came on a fast break ignited by a shot block by Thomas Kingery at the defensive end.
A 3-pointer by Clinton's Beard pushed his team ahead again. A free throw by Norris and an offensive rebound and put back by Quentel Bradley tied the game at 29-all.
A basket by England with 2:17 left in the third gave Clinton a 31-29 lead. Then Harris nailed a 3 for Glasgow and the Scotties took their second lead of the game, 32-31. Langford, though, responded with a 3-point play 19 seconds later and the Bulldogs were up 34-32, which was also the score after three quarters.
Clinton County did not trail again in the game.
Norris tied the game at 34-all 21 seconds into the fourth quarter. Langford hit a 3-pointer, then Norris put back an offensive rebound and made a free throw over the next two minutes to tie the game at 37-37.
Dalton nailed a pair of free throws with 4:56 to play in the game and his team stopped Glasgow on the defensive end.
Norris, though, intercepted a pass in the paint, dished to Harris, ran the floor and finished at the rim with an assist by Harris to tie the game at 39-39 with 4:07 to play. It was the last tie of the game.
The plan, coach Tinsley explained, was to hold Langford and Dalton combined to 21 points. They posted 25, with Langford scoring 21.
“We showed the whole region how to slow him down,” the coach said of his team's defense on the Bulldogs' point guard, Dalton.
Norris led Glasgow with 11 points and nine rebounds. Ryne Tinsley scored 11, Trey Tinsley posted eight points, while Harris had seven, and Bradley and Kingery each scored two points. Bradley also had eight rebounds.
The loss dropped Glasgow to 8-8 on the season, while Clinton County improved to 13-6.