Josh Seidel goes up for a jumper against Knott Co. Central.

SOMERSET—The North Laurel Jaguars took their intense pressure defense on the road and were forced to adjust to tight officiating as they overcame several fouls to sneak away with a 65-63 win over Knott County Central on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Queen City Classic at Somerset.

The Jaguars lengthy 6’5 guard, Josh Seidel, showed off his versatility by completing a three point play with 48 seconds remaining to tie the game at 63-63 and followed with a driving assist to Luke Dalton, who hit the game winner with three ticks on the clock.

“Nik (Shannon) fouled out so I was going to put it in the hands of Seidel and let him create,” North Laurel coach Jim Conway said. “He did a good job and made the nice pass.”

The Jaguars where hit with nine fouls during the first quarter giving up eight points on free throws to the Patriots as they trailed 15-14 after one.

Conway credited the Jaguars fouls to aggressive play and physical practices.

“We play very aggressive,” Conway said. “We have to pick our spots were we can be aggressive. We have to adjust to the way the game is being called and we didn’t do a good job of doing that.”

Trailing 21-14, Shannon and Seidel went back and forth matching the Patriots scoring before Adrian Wardrup scored back to back baskets to tie the score at 30-30 with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter.

“I was pleased with the way they didn’t hang their heads when we were trailing late in the game,” Conway said. “Last year we would have found a way to lose that game instead of finding a way to win like they did this year.”

Dalton not only hit the game winner, he dominated the boards in the second half and finished with 13 points including six on offensive rebounds.

“I was very pleased with Luke’s play,” Conway said. “If he can continue that night in and night out he will help our team be successful.”

Shannon, Seidel and Dalton would not let the Jaguars open their season with a loss as they forced a turnover, hit a three-pointer and scored on an offensive rebound to battle back from a 60-56 deficit to tie the game at 60-60 with 1:33 remaining to play. Seidel led all scores with 20 points while Dalton

The Patriots only connected on three of their last six free-throws as the Jaguars took advantage and came away with the win.

The Jaguars will host their cross-town rival South Laurel on Friday night at 7:30.

Queen City Classic

at Somerset

North Laurel 65, Knott Co. Central 63

North Laurel 14 19 16 16—65

Knott Co. Central 15 21 15 12—63

North Laurel (65)—Dalton 13, Shannon 13, Cotton 4, Seidel 20, Couch 4, Wardrup 9, Cottongim 2.

Knott Co. Central (63)—R. Ratliff 10, B. Ratliff 10, Stamper 19, Amburgey 9, Bartrum 1, Mullins 5, Huff 2, Caudill 7.

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