By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Staff Report
During a four-game losing streak, the Patriots twice had let big second-half leads slip away.
And it looked like that might happen again Friday in Richmond against Wolfe County.
Model had a nine-point lead in the third quarter, but the Wolves rallied to take the lead with just more than two minutes left in the game.
The Patriots (14-8) scored nine of the final 11 points and picked up a 66-59 win. Jared Adams had 19 points and Zack Rice-Gordon had 14 points as Model got its first win since Jan. 18.
“It was kind of the same thing,” Model coach Wes Scarberry said. “We were up nine points against Estill County. We were up seven points against Augusta and lost those games. I kind of saw that happening again, but they really buckled down. The guys really focused in tonight, more than they have in the past.”
Model had a 49-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Wolfe County scored six-straight points to take the lead.
The Patriots tied the game (50-50) on an Adams’ three-pointer, then the Wolves pulled even at 57-57 with 2:06 left.
Model came up with two big putbacks in the closing minutes off missed free throws that allowed them to pull away.
Alex Chen had a bucket off a Rice-Gordon misses and moments later Rice-Gordon scored off a Keith Mason free throw miss.
“That’s something we’ve worked on, actually defensively — boxing out on free throws in practice,” Scarberry said. “Conversely, we’ve worked on offensive rebounds too. So, I’m disappointed we didn’t make the free throws, but we talked before the game about making every possession matters and that’s what we are taking about — fighting for rebounds on missed free throws.”
Chen and Ephraim Otieno had 12 points each, Mason had five points and Caleb Kincaid added four points.
Model is set to return to action at 1 p.m. today at Pineville.
Oneida Baptist 47, Lady Pirates 43
The Lady Pirates couldn’t come up with a win on the road Friday.
Conner Coyle had 11 points and Jordan Sandefur added 10 points as Berea Community lost at Oneida Baptist, 47-43. The loss was the second-straight for the Lady Pirates (10-11).
Chase Fain added eight points, Victoria Sexton had six points, Alex Horn had four points and 10 rebounds, while Miranda Montgomery and Emily Keyser had two points each.
Berea is set to return to action Monday at home against McCreary Central.
Pineville 69, Berea 47
The Pirates fell behind early and weren’t able to rally for a road win on Friday.
Bradley Atkins had 14 points and six rebounds as Berea Community fell at Pineville, 69-47. Austin Warford had 10 points and Shyiem Alexander added nine points.
The loss was the sixth-straight for the Pirates (5-17).
Berea trailed 16-8 after the first quarter and were down 35-17 at halftime.
Trey Terrill had seven points and five assists, Caleb Goss and Caleb Clowers had three points each and Dustin Kates had one points.
Berea is set to return to action Tuesday at Rockcastle County.