LEXINGTON — Covington Scott’s Jake Ohmer continues to make a name for himself at the 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen. He followed up his 41-point, 17-rebound effort during first round action against Harlan County with a 32-point, nine-rebound performance against Perry Central in Friday’s 74-52 win in quarterfinal action.
The Commodores had no answer for him or his brother Chad, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds. The Ohmer duo combined to score 46 points while hitting eight 3-pointers in the process. Jake Ohmer finished the game hitting 11-of-23 shot attempts, including a 6-of-10 effort from behind the arc, while Chad Ohmer finished 5-of-9 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
“I think it’s great to play with my brother,” Jake Ohmer said. “We just connect. I just try to come out and play my game, and play with my teammates and share the ball.”
Scott finished the game shooting 50 percent (26-of-52) from the floor, and 8-of-16 from 3-point territory. They also forced Perry Central into 23 turnovers while turning the miscues into 28 points. Idris Akinyemi led Perry Central with a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Prince Anosike finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Commodores turned in a 50 percent effort shooting, connecting on 23-of-46 shot attempts, but hit only two of 12 from behind the 3-point line.
“Jake Ohmer is really good,” Perry Central coach Shannon Hoskins said. “It just snowballed. It was 37-33, and the next thing I know we’re down 13.”
Jake Ohmer kept the Eagles in the game during the first quarter by hitting 4-of-7 shot attempts, including a 2-of-3 effort from 3-point range while scoring 10 points. Perry Central built a 15-10 lead with 1:00 remaining after a 3-pointer by Noah Back and consecutive putbacks by Tobler and Akinyemi.
Scott managed to cut its deficit to 15-14 at the end of the first quarter thanks to Jake Ohmer hitting a jumper at the buzzer.
The Eagles began to take control of the game in the second quarter with Jake Ohmer adding six more points while the Eagles hit 8-of-16 shot attempts from the floor. The Commodores held a 19-16 lead at the 6:03 mark when an old-fashioned three-point play by Vincent Dumlao tied the game at 19 apiece. Jake Ohmer followed with a 3-pointer that triggered a 7-0 run, giving his team a 26-21 edge with 4:09 remaining in the first half.
Another 3-pointer by Jake Ohmer combined with baskets by Jake Puncy and Nelson Perrin gave the Eagles a 33-27 lead at halftime. Scott hit 14-of-31 shot attempts from the floor during the first half, including an 8-of-16 effort during the second quarter. Perry Central was 12-of-27 from the floor in the first half, including a 5-of-13 effort in the second quarter. Akinyemi led the Commodores with eight points and four rebounds.
Perry Central’s shooting woes ended in the third quarter, but the Commodores couldn’t make any ground. Shannon Hoskins’ squad hit on four of its first five shot attempts, but still found themselves trailing, 46-35, with 2:46 remaining. Scott went on a 17-2 run that saw Jake Ohmer score nine points and hit two 3-pointers, while Chad Ohmer added a 3-pointer that pushed their team’s lead out to 54-35 with 1:31 remaining in the period. Jake Ohmer added 11 more points during the quarter while hitting 8-of-15 shot attempts to push the lead to 56-37 going into the final period of play.
Perry Central couldn’t get any closer than 19 points int he fourth quarter, allowing Scott to advance to its first ever Final Four appearance.
In a battle between two state heavyweights, Bowling Green managed to knock off tournament-favorite Scott County by taking advantage of the Cardinals’ 2-of-14 shooting effort in the fourth quarter to pull off a 68-53 win in Friday’s quarterfinal action of the 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen.
“That was probably the most complete fourth quarter, especially on defense, that we’ve played,” Bowling Green coach D.G. Sherrill said. “When Scott County turns the heat up, they really, really turn the heat up. We haven’t played a lot of teams that crawled up in us the way that they did.”
The Purples, who will be advancing to their third Final Four appearance in four years, held a slim 57-53 lead with 2:26 remaining, but scored the game’s final 11 points to wrap-up the 15-point victory.
Terry Taylor turned in a double-double for Bowling Green, scoring 20 points and finishing with 14 rebounds while hitting 9-of-18 shot attempts. Deangelo Wilson also scored 20 points, and hit 8-of-9 shot attempts from the free-throw line. As a team, Sherrill’s Bowling Green squad hit 20-of-23 shot attempts from the free-throw line.
“It’s very humbling,” Sherrill said. “(I’m) a little overwhelmed right now. We will take one game at a time. To be able to in the Final Four again, it’s pretty humbling.”
The Cardinals and four players score in double figures with Michael Moreno leading the way with 15 points while Bryce Long added 14 points. Scott County finished the game hitting on 23-of-51 shot attempts, including a 3-of-13 effort from behind the arc. The Purples hit 22-of-50 shot attempts and out rebounded Scott County, 34-24.
“That might be the first time this year we’ve been out rebounded. You’ve got to give credit to Bowling Green,” Scott County coach Billy Hicks said. “It’s tough when you’re coming from behind. It takes a lot out of you.”