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'B' final turns into a Sharpe affair for MW

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Boys' Middle School Basketball Tourney

By Mike Farner

BERNHEIM -- With 90 seconds remaining in Thursday’s ‘B’ Division Championship of the Bullitt County Middle School Tournament, the Mount Washington Generals trailed the Eastside Eagles 38-28.

Considering that Eastside had just reeled off the last 17 points of the game, the view was not very pleasant for the Generals.

Not to worry. In a remarkable finish between the two neighborhood rivals, the Generals did the only thing they could do, they put the ball in the hands of sixth-grader Tyler Sharpe and let him do the rest. Sharpe scored 13 of his team’s final 15 points, including 12 points in the final 57 seconds, all on three-pointers, as Mount Washington pulled out an unforgettable 43-40 victory.

After Eastside scored the last of the 17 straight points, Sharpe hit one free throw to stop the bloodletting. Eastside then called a time-out at 1:21, but turned the ball over. Mount Washington answered with a basket by Shane Satori and then called a time-out with :57 remaining on the clock.

Then Sharpe found the range. He drained a three-pointer to pull his team within 38-34 and after a time-out, the Generals stole the inbounds pass and fed the ball to Sharpe for another long bomb.

This time, Eastside got the ball inbounds and the Generals were forced to foul and at :33.6, Zack Allen calmly sank both free throws for a 40-37 edge. Mount Washington turned the ball over without a shot and then both teams called time-outs at :25.4.

Eastside threw the ball in from its own baseline, but Mount Washington stole the ball and again found Sharpe open at the top of the foul circle for a three-pointer that tied the game at 40-40. Without a time-out, Eastside brought the ball up the court, but then threw it away under the basket at :09.3.

Sharpe wasn’t done. The sixth-grader took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before pulling up and throwing up a three-pointer that was nothing but net just before the buzzer, setting off a wild celebration by the Generals.

“That’s a sixth-grade and he played like an eighth-grader tonight,” Mount Washington head coach Jeff Phelps said after the game.

“My assistant said we were down seven with 58 seconds so we knew we had to go for the threes and get some steals,” the coach added. “It worked out great. After we tied the game, they had to go over the top and threw it away and that gave us the last shot.”

Eastside head coach Tim Allen could not believe the finish.

“Those were three wild shots,” the coach said of Sharpe’s last three tries. “We were trying to limit the outside shooting. We did a good job of that until the end.”

The two teams had split their regular season contests and Mount Washington had the number one seed for this event after winning the second meeting. Both are strong teams as Mount Washington finished with a 16-2 record while Eastside was 19-6 with four of the losses coming to eighth-grade teams.

Sharpe finished with 26 points while Austin Wheeler added seven points for Mount Washington.

Austin Colvin collected 16 points and had 16 rebounds for the Eagles while Garrett Dennison chipped in with 10 points.

Bullitt County Middle

School ‘A’ Division

Championship Game

At Bernheim M.S.

EASTSIDE 40 (8-9-8-15) Zack Allen 6, Garrett Dennison 10, Austin Colvin 16, Pierce Kelly 5, Tyler Bacon 3, Tate Hatfield, Austin Norris, Hunter Simmons, Jared Woodruff, Dillon Spencer, Garrett Ezell, Jalin Troutman and Garrett Wilson.

MOUNT WASHINGTON 43 (8-9-11-15) Shane Satori 2, Austin Wheeler 7, Brayden Blair 3, Bryan McAllister 2, Noah Castello 3, Tyler Sharpe 26, Bailey Rakes, Jacob Judd, Jake Wood, Clayton Stallings, Owen Robinson and Kyle McKinley.