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Anderson County overcame a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes to defeat visiting North Oldham 69-67 Tuesday night.
The teams were ranked at the top of the Eighth Region entering the contest.
North Oldham led 61-51 with three minutes remaining and was still in front 66-60 when Mustang star Tyler St. Julien went over Jacob Russell’s back for his fifth foul.
Russell sank both ends of the double-bonus, then on the ensuing possession, came up with a steal and fed C.J. Penny for a layup.
Penny and Nick Humphries both hit free throws to tie things at 66. After North Oldham’s Chris Menefee sank a free throw with 41.8 seconds to play, Penny split a pair of defenders before being fouled. He hit both free throws with 13.8 seconds to go giving Anderson its first lead of the second half at 68-67.
After North Oldham missed two free throws, Penny hit the second of two foul shots for the final score.
“The great thing about this game is that it shows we can play from behind,” said Anderson coach Glen Drury. “We have not had to do that very much.”
Normally a deadly free throw shooting team, North Oldham was 4-of-12 from the line in the fourth quarter and 10-for-20 for the game.
Anderson, which had struggled at the line earlier in the season, hit 23-of-36 from the line for the game as the Bearcats extended their home court winning streak to 21 games.
Penny led all scorers with 32 points, while Russell and Will Ruggles both scored 10. Humphries added nine for Anderson, now 12-4 and ranked No. 1 in the Eighth Region. Penny also had 13 rebounds. “C.J. made the plays he has to make for us to get big wins,” Drury said.
St. Julien and Alex Foley led North Oldham, ranked second on the region, with 20 points each. The Mustangs fell to 11-5 on the year. “I want to give North Oldham a lot of credit,” Drury said. “I think they are the best offensive team in the region.”
For a complete look at the Bearcats’ win over North Oldham, see the Jan. 28 edition of The Anderson News.