Cameron Smith’s bucket with five seconds remaining lifted Big Pasture to a 66-64 win over Moyers in the opening game of the Class B boys state tournament Thursday at State Fair Arena.
Smith rebounded a missed shot at the free throw line then drove to the bucket. He was able to twist his body to keep the game-winning shot from being blocked by a Moyers’ defender.
“I thought I had a good shot but I really didn’t,” said Smith, who scored a game-high 24 points.
“I was trying to get the foul and I didn’t quite get it and I just threw it up and hoped and prayed it went in, and it actually did.”
Moyers had a chance to tie the game when Jake Dudley, who scored a team-high 23 points for the Tigers, was fouled with .3 seconds remaining.
Dudley’s first three throw attempt rimmed in and out. He missed the second intentionally but Big Pasture rebounded to seal the Rangers 27th straight win.
“We were able to outlast them,” Big Pasture coach Nick Gable said. “I truly feel we just happened to be leading when the clock ran out because that game could have went either way.
Smith also had eight rebounds for the Rangers. Taran Cox added 15 points and Donald Beckham pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for Big Pasture
Brandon Slocum also scored 23 points for Moyers, which finished its season at 27-4 after making its first appearance in the state tournament.
Moyers had a 46-40 lead with 2:06 remaining in the third period but Big Pasture rallied to tie the game, 48-48 after the third quarter as Smith scored the final two buckets of the period.
Big Pasture scored 11 consecutive points over a three-minute span of the third period and the opening 2:07 of fourth quarter.
The Rangers had their biggest lead of 58-49 with 5:20 left on a three-point basket by Cox.
Dudley then scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 58-56 and his three-point basket with 29 seconds left tied the game 64-64, setting up Smith’s heroics at the end of the game.
Big Pasture is now 28-1 on the season and will meet Arnett in the semifinals on Friday at 9 a.m. at State Fair Arena.