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.