Freshman guard Ethan Simpson made a free throw with 1.2 seconds left Monday night to help the Campbell County High School boy’s varsity basketball team pin an 82-81 defeat on host Morristown West.
The game appeared to be headed to overtime, tied 81-all, when Simpson caught a long inbounds pass from sophomore forward Cody Malicoat and was fouled while attempting a last-second shot. He went to the line and made the second of two foul shots awarded to him
The Cougars (8-7 overall) were led by the one-two punch of forwards Sean Chapman and Cody Malicoat, who combined for 46 points and 23 rebounds. Chapman, a 6-foot-8 senior, had 24 points, 10 boards and five blocked shots. Malicoat finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Campbell County blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but managed to win it with a heads-up play at the end.
Rounding out the scoring for the Cougars was Chad Wagers and Nick Litton with nine points each, Cory Poteet with eight, Tyler Chapman seven and Simpson three. Simpson also made a team-high 12 assists.
The Cougars were coming off a 74-60 homecoming victory over district foe Knox Halls on Friday.
Sean Chapman dominated the Red Devils with 32 points, 16 rebounds (14 on the defensive end), five blocked shots and three assists. He scored 22 points in the second half alone.
Also contributing for Campbell County (3-4 district) was Poteet with nine points, Wagers with eight, Malicoat and Brandon Lee five each, Matt Miller and Jordan Kindred four each, Simpson three, Tyler Chapman and Litton two each. Litton grabbed 10 rebounds, while Simpson had half a dozen assists.
The Cougars got off to a 7-1 start, but Halls came back to tie the game up, 10-10, at the end of the opening quarter. The game was tied three more times before the Red Devils pulled in front by four, 21-17. Campbell County soon regained the lead and held a 26-23 advantage at intermission.
Sean Chapman had a free throw and slam dunk in the final minute of the first half.
Campbell County maintained its lead and then some in the second half. Sean Chapman hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Cougars up 50-31 at the end of the third quarter.
The aptly-named Ross Cannon scored 17 of his team-high 22 points for Halls in the fourth quarter, when the Red Devils were able to whittle a 22-point deficit down to seven, 62-55, with two and a half minutes left. Campbell County regrouped and held the Red Devils in check the rest of the way.
The Cougars helped themselves by making 72 percent (18 of 25) of their foul shots. The Red Devils hit 63 percent (20 of 32) free throw attempts.