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CovCath’s near-miracle comeback, play-by-play

March 7, 2019 FieldsColumn

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CovCath’s Jack Davin (20) gets his team and fans fired up during the Colonels’ closing rush against Scott County. (KHSAA photo by Mark Mahan)

BY MIKE FIELDS

Take your pick.

It was almost the greatest comeback in Sweet Sixteen history, or almost the greatest collapse in Sweet Sixteen history.

Scott County led defending champion Covington Catholic 48-26 with 5:47 left and was cruising down easy street in their first-round showdown in the 102nd Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Tournament Thursday afternoon.

The top-rated Cardinals were still comfortably ahead — 60-41 — with 1:34 remaining, and 90% of the fans had exited Rupp Arena.

Then CovCath mounted an incredible rally. The Colonels went on an 18-0 run in a 67-second span.

Alas, the comeback fell just short, and Scott County escaped with a 64-61 victory.

Here’s how the frantic finish unfolded after Terrin Hamilton hit two free throws to give Scott County a 60-41 lead with 1:34 remaining:

  • CovCath Jack Davin 3-pointer: 60:44 w/1:10 left
  • Scott County turnover
  • CovCath Michael Mayer layup: 60:46 w/1:10 left
  • Scott County turnover
  • CovCath Tyler Fleek 2 FTs: 60-48 w/1:01 left
  • Scott County turnover
  • CovCath Tyler Fleek 2 FTs: 60-50 w/:57 left
  • Scott County turnover
  • CovCath Jack Davin 3-pointer: 60-53 w/:51 left
  • Scott County missed layup
  • CovCath Joseph Moser 3-pointer: 60:56 w/:29 left
  • Scott County turnover
  • CovCath Grant Disken 3-pointer: 60:59 w/:23 left
  • Scott County Lorenzo Williams layup: 62-59 w/:15 left
  • CovCath Grant Disken 2 FTs: 62-61 w/:03 left
  • Scott County Glenn Covington 2 FTs: 64-61 w/:02 left
  • CovCath Joseph Moser missed long 3-pointer
  • FINAL: SCOTT COUNTY 64, COVCATH 61

A radio man (who must moonlight as a mathematician) on press row figured it out that if CovCath had scored at its closing rate for the entire game it would have scored more than 500 points. 

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