LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Trent Gilbert scored 36 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer with one minute remaining to lift Scott County to a 62-56 win over Louisville Trinity in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.
The Cardinals (35-3), the 11th Region champion, advanced to the finals and will play the winner of the Bowling Green-Covington Catholic contest Sunday. Scott County lost to Trinity 71-53 in the 2012 state finals and won the state title in 2007.
Gilbert, who scored 10 of his team's first 14 points, made 10 of 19 field goals, including six of Scott County's eight 3-pointers. Gilbert drained eight straight free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win. He was 10-of-10 from the line.
Jax Lavitch made six 3-pointers and led the Shamrocks (31-6), who won the 7th Region title, with 21 points. Raymond Spalding and Michael Stafford followed with 11 points each.