Perry Central falls short to Butler in Boys' Sweet 16 overtime thriller

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Perry Central Commodores tipped off the second day of the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 taking on the Butler Bears.

The Commodores trailed the Bears by four at the end of the first quarter, then by six at the half.

But Perry Central surged in the third quarter, outscoring Butler 19-9 in the frame, giving PCC a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Commodores even held a nine-point lead, 60-51, with 4:13 to play.

But the Bears climbed their way back, taking a one-point lead with 1:20 remaining.

Marquis Frazier, playing his first game of the season, was fouled with 20 seconds to play, he went 1-2 from the charity stripe, tying the game at 61.

Butler had the chance for the final shot but turned the ball over. Perry Central also had a chance to grab the win with a final shot themselves with 1.9 seconds left, but Noah Back was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.

Butler scored first in overtime and after a pair of missed free throws, Perry Central trailed by two, 63-61, with 20 seconds left.

Noah Caudill was fouled with nine seconds remaining, he converted 1-2 from the line, keeping the Commodores down by one point.

Perry Central had to foul again with three seconds on the clock, Butler converted both attempts, securing a three-point lead with 3.7 seconds left in overtime.

The Commodores shot attempt was off the mark, giving the Butler Bears the win, 65-62.

Perry Central senior Noah Caudill led all scorers with 21 points, 8-9 FG.

The Commodores' season comes to an end with a 19-13 overall record.

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