Purples beat Cougars, advance to seventh straight regional final

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Another year, another Region 4 championship appearance for the Bowling Green boys’ basketball team.

The Purples, who had played in six straight regional finals entering Monday night’s game against Logan County in the Region 4 Tournament semifinals, will play in their seventh consecutive title game Tuesday evening after earning a 64-52 win over the Cougars at E.A. Diddle Arena. 

Bowling Green (26-7 overall) trailed 15-14 after the opening quarter and 30-28 at halftime but outscored Logan County 36-22 in the second half – including 23-12 in the fourth quarter – to pull away. 

Dorian Morrison finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting from the field, while Cobi Huddleston scored 11 points. The Purples shot 23-of-54 (42.6%) and outrebounded Logan County 41-33. 

Anthony Woodard led the Cougars – who finished their season 28-4 – with 21 points. 

Bowling Green will face longtime rival Warren Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the regional final. 

The two sides played a competitive, back-and-forth opening half.

Bowling Green scored the first four points, but Logan County responded with a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead at the 3:51 mark of the first quarter. 

Woodard’s three-point play put the Cougars up 12-7, but Morrison scored the final five points of the period for the Purples to cut their deficit to just 15-14 after eight minutes of action.

Woodard scored inside and Dalton Thompson knocked down a 3-pointer to give Logan County a 23-16 lead at the 3:46 mark of the second, and Woodard then hit one of his own to make it 26-19.

Jose Nazario’s basket put the Cougars up 30-23 late in the quarter, but Morrison closed the half with five straight – including a buzzer-beating triple from near half court – to bring Bowling Green within 30-28 going into the locker room at halftime.

The Purples it with a quick bucket by Jaxson Banks just 18 seconds into the third quarter, but Logan County used a 7-1 run to go up 37-31 at the 5:03 mark.

A 6-0 Bowling Green run – powered by back-to-back Morrison scores – brought it within 40-39 with 1:54 remaining in the period, and Banks’ layup gave the Purples a 41-40 lead entering the fourth. 

Turner Buttry converted an and-one and followed it up with a 3 to make it 52-46 Bowling Green at the 5:20 mark, and Morrison scored again to put the Purples up 54-46 with 3:49 remaining. 

Bowling Green scored four more in a row to push its run to 9-0 and go up 58-46 – and the Purples were able to remain in control throughout the final minutes to come out on top. 

LCHS –   15   15   10   12   —   52

BGHS –  14   14   13   23   —   64

LC: Anthony Woodard 21, Dalton Thompson 12, Jose Nazario 12, Dylan Basham 4, Nathan Vick 3. 

BG: Dorian Morrison 23, Turner Buttry 11, Isaiah Mason 9, Jaxson Banks 9, Dez Wilson 9, Cobi Huddleston 2, Trace Flanary 1. 

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