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Unranked Mingo Central knocks off Class AAA No. 3 Logan in a stunning 50-49

Unranked Mingo Central knocks off Class AAA No. 3 Logan in a stunning 50-49

One of the first high school basketball upsets of 2023 took place high atop Miner Mountain on Tuesday night as unranked Mingo Central knocked off Class AAA No. 3 Logan in a 50-49 thriller.

With the game knotted up at 49 all Mingo junior Chris Ross hit the front end of a one-and-one with 4.8 seconds to go to give the Miners the one-point lead.

Ross’s second foul shot was off the mark, but Logan was out of timeouts, so they had to go the length of the floor to try to score. Garrett Williamson gathered the rebound, pushed the ball up the floor, and found an open Julius Clancy for a game winning three in the corner but the shot was well short and the Miner faithful erupted to their feet.

“We’re just now finding our sea legs, the kids really played hard tonight especially on the defensive end,” coach Stan Elkins said after the win. “We rebounded the ball well and did as good a job as we could on Scotty (Browning), he’s a good player. But offensively we had six guys score at least seven points. That’s the type of play we have to have.”

Sophomore Kendan Trent led the Miners with 11 points off of the bench as he came in and gave them a big boost, especially in the second and third quarters.

“Kendan (Trent) is a young man that we were looking forward to getting last year but he ended up missing all of last season with a shoulder injury,” Elkins said. “He’s basically an 9th grader experience wise. He played great for us tonight. Chris (Ross) hasn’t played since the 8th grade and Malaki (Sheppard) didn’t play last year. We’ve got a lot of guys that are inexperienced that are getting better. This was a big win for those guys and our program.”

Matt Hatfield and Jake Cline were next on the scoresheet with nine points for the Miners each while Sheppard, Ross, and Ethan Thomason each finished with seven points. Sheppard led the team with four assists while Hatfield was tops in rebounds with eight.

Senior Scotty Browning was the lone Wildcat to sniff double-figures as finished with a game high 20 points, 14 coming in the second half.

Logan got off to a slow start to begin the game as they only managed seven first quarter points and trailed 10-7 going into the second frame. Hatfield and Cline each scored five points in the opening period for Mingo.