Defending champs survive late scare from Paintsville in First Round

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT)- Knox Central and Paintsville tipped the Boy's Tournament off on Tuesday at the WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic.

Traffic delayed Paintsville's team bus, delaying the start by nearly 45 minutes. The Tigers came out of the delay cold, trailing 22-11 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Paintsville started a comeback. Brady Dingess hit a three to cut the Panthers lead down to five points at the half.

With under a minute to play, Paintsville's Nick Keeton drives to the basket taking the lead, 77-76.

Knox Central's Dane Imel would work the baseline with seconds left drawing the foul. Imel would make both baskets from the Charity Stripe to regain the lead for Knox Central.

Paintsville would have a shot at the end but it doesn't fall. The Panthers advance, 78-77.

"We weren't supposed to win that game," Tony Patterson told Marcus Browning after the game. "We got outplayed, we got out hustled, they played with more heart than we did. We've got a lot of things to fix, but everything negative we can fix. We've got a senior leadership group and they are winners, they've changed the way that we do things are Knox Central and they showed why tonight. They pulled it out and did what they had to do and I'm proud of them for that."

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