Huber propels PC past Raiders in 2 OTs

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By Larry Goffinet

HUNTINGBURG - Nick Huber scored the first six points of the second overtime to lead Perry Central past Southridge 57-52 in boys basketball Friday.

Neither team ever led by more than five points until the second overtime, and Perry Central had to score the last basket of regulation and the first overtime to get to the second overtime.

Michael Jarboe scored inside on an assist from T.J. Lamon to tie the score 42-42 with 2:11 left in regulation.

Southridge then held the ball for the last shot and missed.

Southridge took a 46-43 lead in the first overtime but Huber hit a three-point basket from the wing to tie the score again with 1:04 left in that period.

Southridge again held the ball until the closing seconds and missed a shot.

Huber hit an 18-footer from the wing to start the second overtime's scoring, giving the Commodores their first lead since halftime.

Huber described how he got open for that shot: "We ran motion and I did a little juke and then came toward the middle. He (his defender) backed up a little so I shot."

Huber stole the ball on the Raiders' ensuing possession.

"I knew they were going to reverse the ball," he said. "I kind of read it and got lucky and came up with the ball."

He was then fouled and hit two free throws to put the Commodores up 50-46 with 3:06 left.

He added a driving basket to increase their lead to six 55 seconds later.

The Commodores led by at least two points the rest of the way and increased the lead to five again after Huber made another steal and two more free throws with 0:15 left.

"Once we got the first bucket of the second overtime and then turned around and got the steal, the kids could feel they were in control for the first time," said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

Still Huber said he didn't feel the Commodores had the game won until "I was dribbling out the clock (in the final seven seconds)."

He called it "definitely the funnest game I've ever played in," though, while Carter said the close contest "probably took a couple years off my life."

Carter called the win over last year's Class 2A sectional champs (now in Class 3A) "great for the kids and for our program in general. We've had some good teams come over here the last few years and never could quite get it done."

This was Perry Central's first win over Southridge since the 1999 sectional.

Huber finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Commodores.

Wes Linette contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Rogier added eight rebounds as the Commodores won the board battle 38-30.

The Commodores outshot the Raiders from the field 46.9 percent (23 of 49) to 32.1 percent (18 of 56, including just 2 of 15 from three-point range).

T.J. Reese, the son of Carter's high school coach, Dave Reese, scored 14 points for Southridge, as did Brett Roesner.

Reese hit two free throws to pull the Raiders within two points, 54-52, with 0:29 left in the second overtime. But he fouled out one second later.

Perry Central improved to 8-3 while Southridge fell to 6-5.

The Commodores have another big game next. They will host Orleans, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A, for a PLAC game Friday at 7 p.m.

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Southridge beat Perry Central 41-26 in junior varsity action.

Jake Schwartz scored eight points for Perry Central, 6-4. Ian Hahus and Alex Rogier each added five points.