Friday, January 28, 2011

Last second shot dooms Rockets

The Crittenden County Rockets basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to the McLean County Cougars, 51-49 Friday night at Rocket Arena. With just 2.6 seconds left in regulation, the Rockets held a slim one point advantage.

The Cougars inbounded the ball from their own sideline and with help from a backscreen, Junior guard Eli Ellis was able to slip his defender and score on a lay-up while getting fouled with just one second remaining. Ellis made the free throw to put the Cougars up by two points, forcing Senior guard Casey Oliver to heave a hail-mary shot from three-quarters court away that fell short as time expired.

Sophomore Thomas Scott played his best game of the season, scoring 16 points and leading the Rockets to a 25-24 halftime advantage. Crittenden relinquished the lead only twice the entire game before the last second bucket by Ellis.

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