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Eagles senior Timmy Smelcer gets fouled by Gatlinburg-Pittman’s Clay Leatherwood before connecting on the go-ahead basket in the fourth quarter of Cosby’s 43-41 victory over the Highlanders on Tuesday.
|Published: 11:29 AM, 01/24/2013
||Last updated: 11:31 AM, 01/24/2013
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
COSBY-If one heart attack wasn't enough for Cosby fans on
Tuesday evening, those that stuck around for the guys game probably had a second one.
five points with under a minute left in regulation, the Eagles scored seven straight points and came
from behind to defeat Gatlinburg-Pittman by a 43-41 score. The victory avenged a 10-point loss to
the Highlanders on December 10.
After a basket from Timmy Smelcer with 38 seconds on
the clock which cut the deficit to just three, the Eagles (14-7) forced a turnover and got the ball
to Smelcer once again and he headed to the free throw line following a foul with 25 seconds
After hitting both free throws, the Eagles had to foul to try and extend the
Following the foul, the Highlanders missed both shots, and Cosby called a timeout to
try and set up a potential game winning shot trailing by just one.
After the inbounds play,
Smelcer broke free for a brief moment and got a very tough shot inside the lane to fall and was
fouled, pushing Cosby in front by two with 2.9 seconds left following the free throw that sent the
Eagles crowd into a frenzy.
The Highlanders couldnï¿½t even get a shot off in the final
seconds and the Eagles celebrated the huge win.
ï¿½Iï¿½m kind of speechless right now. Iï¿½m just
very proud of my team,ï¿½ Marsh said. ï¿½We were down five with under a minute to go but we still did
not give up. That was the mantra. I put on the board for pre-game, ï¿½Whatever it Takes,ï¿½ whether itï¿½s
diving for loose balls, taking a charge.ï¿½
ï¿½People may look at that and say itï¿½s an ugly win
but itï¿½s the prettiest win Iï¿½ve ever seen. To hold a good 2A team in G-P to 41 points, that was
pretty strong,ï¿½ Marsh said.
For the full story, see the January 24 edition of the Newport
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