Sports Overtime Rewind: 1986 Hazard Bulldogs


1986 SWEET 16 WITH A 32-1 RECORD … AND RETURNED HOME TWO WINS SHY OF THEIR GOAL OF WINNING A STATE TITLE … AND THE STORY IS NOT THAT THEY LOST IN THE STATE SEMIFINALS … BUT MORE SO OF HOW THEY LOST … FACING A PLEASURE RIDGE PARK TEAM THAT WAS 35-2 AND RANKED IN THE TOP FIVE NATIONALLY … THE BULLDOGS SHOWED THEY WERE NOT AFRAID OF THE PANTHERS … GOING TOE TO TOE WITH THE BIG CITY TEAM FOR 32 MINUTES … BUT THE FINAL 60 SECONDS IS WHAT PEOPLE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT EVEN 30 YEARS LATER … HAZARD TRAILED BY JUST TWO … AND LOOKED AS THOUGH IT WOULD MAKE A RUN … UNTIL A COUPLE OF CALLS BEGAN TO GO THE WAY OF P-R-P … FIRST A BREAK AWAY LAYUP ATTEMPT BY WILLIE COMBS THAT WAS BLOCKED … THAT HEAD COACH ROY MCKAMEY PLEADED SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED A FOUL … THEN … ANOTHER PANTHER BLOCK ON WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SURE TWO POINTS FOR DWAYNE CORNETT … AND LIKE ANY GOOD TEAM … P-R-P CONVERTED THE OPPORTUNITY INTO POINTS … BUT EVEN THEN … HAZARD WAS STILL ABLE TO TIE THE GAME WITH 30 SECONDS TO PLAY … THAT IS UNTIL IT WAS ON THE LOSING END OF YET ANOTHER CLOSE CALL … THE THIRD IN THE FINAL MINUTE … WHEN TODD BLANTON WAS RULED TO HAVE TOUCHED THE BALL GOING OUT OF BOUNDS … DEREK WILCOX THEN GAVE THE PANTHERS THE LEAD FOR GOOD ON THE ENSUING POSSESSION … AND PLEASURE RIDGE PARK ADVANCED TO PLAY FOR A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP … LEAVING THE BULLDOGS AND THEIR FANS FEELING NOT DEFEATED … BUT CHEATED … (2-SHOT) AUREN) EASURE RIDGE PARK WODOSE THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO OER COVERAGE PLEASURE RIDGE PARK WOULD LOSE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO ANOTHER COVERAGE

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