By Ed Greif
Logan Parsons' layup with 3.6 seconds left in the game gave the CCHS Jets a 56-54 victory over the Cleveland Blue Raiders Tuesday night before a small, vocal crowd at home Tuesday night.
Parsons stole the ball from Cleveland's Kendrick Thompson and converted the layup to give his team the lead.
"I took it. Nobody stopped me and made the layup. After the timeout, we went out and played defense," said the Jet senior, who finished the game with 20 points.
Coach Will Foster said, "We've gotten better every game.We made the played. We boxed out. We beat a really well-coached team."
With the CCHS student body adorned in their post-Halloween costumes, standing and cheering, Parson scored six of his team's first 10 points in a 10-2 run; however, back-to-back three-point buckets by Contrell Ware and Anfernee Scott finished the quarter scoring, slicing the Jets' lead to 10-7.
CCHS was four of eight from the field with five turnovers, while Cleveland was three of 11 from the floor .
Thompson buried two treys to give the Raiders a 13-10 lead with 6:46 left in the half; however, Cade Smith knotted the game at 13-13 with a three-pointer.
Cleveland used a 11-3 run to build 24-16 advantage with 2:53 remaining in the half; however, Jets sliced the lead to 30-23 at the break with a 7-6 spurt
Smith had five point for the Jets, who were three of seven from the floor with six turnovers, while Cleveland was nine of 14 with four miscues.
CCHS opened the second half with guns loaded, converting Blue Raider missed shots and turnovers into a 14-7 run to tie the game at 37-37 late in the quarter. Blake McLaughlin and Smith had four points each in the spurt, while Parsons, Tanner Christopher and Diego Poore added two markers each.
Thompson scoed seven points in a 7-4 run to swell the advantage to 44-40 lead by quarter's end.
CCHS was eight of 10 form the field, while Cleveland was six of 11.
The Jets weren't dead yet, as the opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 spurt to take a 50-46 advantage with 4:43 remaining in the contest, but there was some flight still left in the Blue Raiders, who went on an 8-2 run retake the lead at 54-52 with 54. seconds left.
Parsons tied the game at 54-54 with two free throws with 41.9 seconds left, setting the heroics by Parsons.
Joining Parsons in the scoring column were Smith (13), Jordan Graham (2), Poore (7), David Elliott (3), Christopher (2), Tyler Daugherty (2), McLaughlin (6) and Ty Tabor (1). Alex Dixon, Austin Brown and Drew Vaden also contributed to the win.
CCHS was 21 of 31 from the field with 15 turnovers. CCHS recorded 26 reboundsd (five offensive and 21 defense).
CCHS (1-3) hosts Clarkrange (2-3) tonight at 7:30, before traveling to East Hamilton Tuesday night for a 6:30 p.m. CST game. The Buffaloes defeated Wartburg Tusday night 78-36.