By John Henson Contributing Writer
January 27, 2014
On a night when standout guards Tyrese Simmons and Andrew Creech teamed for 31 points to keep Cumberland ahead most of the night, visiting Rosspoint needed big games from several sources to escape Cumberland with a 46-43 overtime victory in seventh- and eighth-grade basketball action Friday night.
Austin Adams provided the perimeter threat with 15 points, including the 3-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead to stay with 28 seconds left in overtime. Lamar Burkhart took over in the paint late in the game, scoring eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Drew Nolan came through at the free throw line in his 12-point night, hitting two free throws late in regulation to send the game into overtime and then adding two more with 6.9 seconds left in the extra point with the Cats clinging to a one-point lead.
Creech, who finished with 15 points, had a chance to force a second overtime, but his shot at the buzzer bounced off the front rim. Simmons, who led everyone with 16 points, scored with 1:13 left in overtime to put the Skins up by one. Adams answered with his go-ahead 3-pointer. Christian Hall hit one of two at the line for a three-point lead before Chase Coker cut the deficit back to one with 10 seconds left.
Rosspoint took over the lead in the race for the top seed in next month’s county tournament with the win, the 10th in 11 county games. Cumberland fell to 9-2 in county competition.
The Skins raced to a 12-6 lead after one quarter behind Creech and Simmons. The lead grew to 22-10 late in the second quarter on baskets by Simmons and Coker. Adams began and ended a 10-0 run with 3-pointers as the Cats cut the deficit to two at halftime.
Simmons, Coker and Creech had baskets in a 6-2 run to end the third quarter as Cumberland took a 29-23 lead into the fourth period.
Burkhart brought Rosspoint back in the fourth quarter, but the Cats needed two free throws each by Adams and Nolan to pull even. Christian Hall almost won the game in regulation for the Cats with his steal in the closing seconds, but he was unable to convert on the other end and regulation ended in a 38-38 tie.
Josh Turner scored 18 points and Matt Brown added 16 as Rosspoint won 46-37 in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Dylan Robinson led Cumberland with 12 points.
Rosspoint (46) — Drew Nolan 12, Christian Hall 3, Austin Adams 15, Lamar Burkhart 12, Colby King 4.
Cumberland (43) — Andrew Creech 15, Tyrese Simmons 16, Chase Coker 5, Cameron Nease 2, Will Scott 3, A.J. Simmons 2.
Rosspoint (46) — Josh Turner 18, Hunter Helton 6, Matt Brown 16, Eli Lewis 4, Tyler Jordan 2.
Cumberland (37) — Zach Collett 4, Dylan Robinson 12, Quinton Boggs 4, Andrew Whitehead 4, Josh Swanner 9, Bradley Wilson 4.