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Century takes down Joppa in thriller

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - Updated: 8:36 AM
Galen Shelton
With Kaleb Cox and Hunter Johnson being honored for their 1000th points in their Rangers careers and a host of military veterans being honored prior to game time, it might have been easy to forget about the main event — the game between rivals Joppa and Century. But that all changed once the ball went up.
The game had a little of everything: spirited play, a few tempers flaring, a bench technical, some terrific individual play and best of all — free basketball as it went into overtime.
Century held a slim 10-9 lead at the first horn and a 24-21 lead at halftime. Joppa fought back to tie things at 44 behind a big quarter from Cox, Jase Hutchason and Thomas Kendall.
Century looked poised to blow it open early in the third frame behind the long range shooting of Andrew Hubbard and Marcus Davis but a big, late run by the Rangers erased the Centurions’ lead and things were knotted up going into the final, well not quite final, eight minutes.
The fourth quarter was back and forth with both teams losing a key player as Josh Hunt for Century and Johnson were both whistled for their fifth foul.
Century clung to a 61-59 lead with a minute left but turned the ball over allowing Joppa’s Cox to tie things up at 61 with Century having the last possession with 17 seconds to go. But they failed to score and it was overtime in Joppa.
Century’s Davis saddled his teammates on his back and carried them home in the O.T.  Joppa simply had no answer for the lightning quick Davis and some clutch free throwing by Christian Halvorsen propelled the Centurions to the 79-74 win. Davis led all scorers with 30. Halvorsen added 22.
Joppa was led by Cox with 24. Kendall added 21 for Joppa with Johnson and Hutchason adding nine and eight respectively.
Earlier in the week junior Cox recorded his 1000th point as a Ranger and senior Johnson duplicated the feat in the first quarter of play.
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