All eyes are on Nick Shannon as he releases the game-winning three pointer against Perry Central.

Nick Shannon put victory in the hearts of the Perry Central fans then moments later ripped their heart out with a game winning three-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded for a 52-51 North Laurel victory.

“I was thinking, ‘I better make this to make up for the turnover’,” Shannon said. “It was a relief when it went in because I thought I blew the game. It felt pretty good; it would have been pretty bad if we would have lost.”

With the score tied at 49-49, Shannon threw a pass that was picked off by Jordan Amos, which resulted in two points and a 51-49 lead for the Commodores with only four seconds remaining.

The Jaguars were forced to go the length of the floor with four ticks on the clock and decided to call a time-out to set up the play. The inbound pass went to Seidel, and after drawing a triple team, he found Shannon open in the corner. Shannon found sweet redemption with the game winning shot.

“We give the fans their money’s worth,” North Laurel coach Jim Conway said. “I was just real thankful that Nick was able to make the play, because he would have been devastated if we would have lost.”

The Jaguars got off to a solid start and held the Commodores to only 19 points in the first half as they led 31-19. Seidel was held under his average, but led the game with 17 points. Shannon added 16 points while Josh Tiller chipped in nine points including going 3 of 5 from three-point range.

The Jaguars gave up 18 points during the third quarter while only scoring seven to hang on to a 38-37 advantage.

“We stopped playing defense,” Conway said. “They made some adjustments and we stopped hitting the basket, but our defensive intensity went down. We stopped making shots and they started making shots because we didn’t make them as uncomfortable as we did in the first half.”

Late in the fourth quarter while both team were swapping the lead, Luke Dalton stepped up for the Jaguars with key baskets in the post as the Jaguars keep finding ways to win the close ones.

“We made an adjustment with sending a cutter through on the ball reverse and he was open on the post,” Conway said. “He was very big for us. Hey we’re 11-4 baby, I’m very happy.”

The Jaguars will travel tonight to face Clay County in a girl-boy doubleheader.

North Laurel 52, Perry Central 51

North Laurel 14 17 7 14—52

Perry Central 10 9 18 14—51

North Laurel (52)—Dalton 5, Shannon 16, Tiller 9, Cottingim 2, Seidel 17, Wardrup 3.

Perry Central (51)—Jordan Amos 12, John Amos 7, Noble 7, D. Amos 6, Maggard 9, Kelly 8, Mullins 2.

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