By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
With the game on the line in overtime, Berea Community coach Cameron Jackson put the ball in the hands of Trey Terrill.
And the junior forward delivered.
Terrill hit a short jumper just before the buzzer that gave the Pirates a 66-64 win over Leslie County Friday in the consolation bracket of the Shirley Kearns Invitational at Model Laboratory.
Terrill finished with a game-high 25 points, including a three-of-four performance from three-point range, while Nolan Sweet added 11 points and Andy Allen and Eli Woodie each had 10 points for Berea (5-8).
“I said, ‘Well, Trey’s had the hot hand. Let’s just get in and get the ball to Trey,’” Jackson said. “We wanted Trey to have the ball at the end.”
With the game tied at 64-64, the Pirates had the ball with 12.4 seconds left in overtime. Terrill came around a screen, got into the lane and knocked down pull-up jumper just before the final second ticked off the clock.
Terrill also connected on two free throw attempts late in the fourth quarter that tied the game and sent it to an extra period. The junior was eight-of-10 from the line and had four rebounds and three steals.
Berea had a 30-21 lead at halftime and extended that advantage to 11 points early in the third quarter.
But, for the second-straight game, the Pirates surrendered a double-digit lead. On Thursday against Western Hills, Berea had a 14-point first-quarter advantage and suffered a 55-50 loss.
Leslie County got back to within four points after three quarters (41-37), then took the lead twice in the fourth (53-52 and 56-54).
“We really needed this win,” Jackson said.
“The kids played hard yesterday, but they came up with a loss. Today, we played hard and we came up with a win. That’s always a positive.”
Leslie County scored the first three points of the overtime before Daniel Hubbard pulled Berea even with a three-point play.
Allen also converted a three-point play and Hubbard hit two free throws to give the Pirates a five-point lead (64-59).
The Eagles tied the game for the final time when Arlin Couch hit a three pointer inside the final minute.
“We just made some mental mistakes,” Jackson said. “We have some young kids playing at different positions. We’ve just got to come together as a team.”
Hubbard finished with nine points and eight rebounds and Dustin Kates had one point.
Berea will take on Grant County at 2 p.m. today in the fifth-place game at Model Laboratory.