By Russ Green-Sports Editor
In a physical game featuring 67 free throws, the Wellington-Napoleon Tigers took advantage of their time at the line, especially in the fourth quarter, to get past Hardin-Central 76-65 Wednesday night. The Tigers advance to the finals of their own tournament and await the winner of tonight’s semifinal matchup of MRVC East teams Richmond and Lexington. Hardin-Central, now 13-2, will play for third place at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Hardin-Central held a 52-45 lead going into the final period. Both teams were in the double bonus early in the quarter and the Tigers used the free throw line to grab the lead and hold on for the win. Tristen Green tied the game at 55-all on an old-fashioned 3-point play, and Dallas Reynolds knocked down a bucket outside the arc to give Wellington the lead it would not surrender during a 7-0 run.
The Tigers, now 10-5, outscored Hardin-Central 31-13 in the final 8 minutes as they converted 12 of 19 free throws.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 Richmond News.