Unicoi County turns away Sullivan Central in four OTs

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 7:19 PM

It was a game to remember — almost two games to remember.

Unicoi County got a combined 73 points from senior Trevor Hensley — who went over 2,000 points for his career — and freshman Brock Thompson en route to a thrilling 97-94 four-overtime victory over Sullivan Central on Friday night in Blountville.

“It was a heck of a game,” said Blue Devils’ head coach Michael Smith.

The win gave Unicoi (6-0, 12-7) a two-game cushion in first place in the Three Rivers Conference. Central fell to 3-2 in league play and 8-11 overall.

Hensley reached the 2,000-point mark with his first bucket of the game. He finished the contest with 42 points, giving him 2,041 in his career. He also hit what turned out to be the game-winning shot with eight seconds left in the fourth overtime. With the score knotted at 94-94, Hensley stole the basketball and made a layup while getting fouled. He converted the free throw.

Central simply couldn’t contain Hensley.

“They started running two or three guys at him, making him have to pass,” said Smith. “But he still got to the line and made some shots in the lane.”

Trailing 91-88, Thompson hit a trey to tie the game. Thompson then hit a trey to put Unicoi up three points, giving him a career-high 31 points for the game.

“He’s got the potential to be a big scorer,” said Smith. “In middle school, he was a smooth scorer. His biggest thing was they had to get him to shoot more. He was trying to be too good of a team player and was passing up shots he should have taken.”

It’s unlikely anyone could have envisioned a four-overtime contest as the Blue Devils burst out of the gates for a 22-5 lead. By halftime, Central had whittled it down to single digits.

Unicoi stretched its advantage to 61-47 late in the third quarter, but the Cougars rallied for a 67-67 tie at the end of regulation.

In the first three overtimes, a missed shot sent the game to an extra four-minute period.

Jordan Self led Central with 24 points, while Grayson Wright added 19.

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