HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Clay County led for most of the game, but had to hold off a late Knox Central run to win the 2018 WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic. It is the Tigers 10th Mountain Classic trophy overall, and only their second since 1997.
Connor Robinson led the Tigers with 26 points, 10 of those which came in the first quarter. The Tigers led the whole first half and went into the locker room up 30-22. The Panthers cut into the Tiger lead in the third quarter, only trailing by five at the end of the third.
In the fourth quarter, Clay County went up by nine before Knox Central came storming back. The Panthers took a one-point lead on a Dane Imel three, followed by a Connor Farmer layup to put the Tigers back up one. Nick Martin hit a shot in the paint to retake the lead for the Panthers, but Evan Langdon banked in a shot from the free throw line to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Down the stretch the young Tiger team made a number of big free throws. Knox Central had a couple chance to tie, but both Zach Moser and Zach Patterson had their three-point attempts fall short.
The Tigers stay undefeated on the year, while handing Knox Central their first loss of the year.