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Colonels pull off overtime thriller, beat Bell Co. 72-71

It took overtime to finish the job, but The Whitley County Colonels came back from an eight-point deficit with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to begin the season with a victory over the Bell County Bobcats Tuesday.

James Sasko hit the shot to put the Colonels up 72-71 with six seconds remaining in overtime.

The Bobcats got off a last shot but it was no good and the Colonels came away with the ball as time expired.

"I knew we were going to come out a little jittery," Coach Jerry Overbey said of his team who turned the ball over on traveling calls on the first two possession of the game. "They finally settled in and did what they had to do."

Five Colonels finished the night with double-digit scoring. Boston Bryant led the team with 16 points, Michael Powers kicked in 14 points and Devin Rutherford added 12 points. The team shot 52 percent from the field, hit 22 of 28 free throws and pulled down 44 rebounds.

"I can't think of any shots that we took tonight that was a bad shot," Overbey said.

The one area of concern for Overbey was the 21 turnovers by the Colonels. Despite that and the back-and-forth nature of the game with seven ties and 15 lead changes, Overbey praised his team for the way they kept coming back against the Bobcats.

"The kids are working hard, Overbey said. The attitude has changed. Last year we didn't know how to win," he said. "The key is believing that you can win."

The Colonels will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Hazard to take on the Bulldogs. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. "Hazard ranks second in the region," Overbey said. "It will be a tough game for us."

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