Sweet 16 – semifinals recap

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Alex Risen breaks down the day’s action from Rupp Arena in the video.

Recaps from both semifinals are below.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Bowling Green earned a spot in the state championship game for the second time in three years Saturday when Zion Harmon sank a short jumper with 23 seconds left to lift the Purples over Scott 80-79 in a KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 semifinal.

Bowling Green will meet Cooper, making its first state tournament appearance, in Sunday’s championship.

Harmon, an eighth-grader, put Bowling Green (35-2), the 2015 state runner-up, on top to stay, marking the fourth time the lead changed hands in 40 seconds. Jake Ohmer missed a jumper with three seconds left for Scott (23-13).

Terry Taylor scored 26 points for the 4th Region champion Purples, who will play Cooper or Fern Creek in Sunday’s championship game. Harmon and Kyran Jones added 18 points each.

Ohmer scored 33 points to lead the 10th Region champion Eagles, who trailed 17-4 early and took their first lead at 77-74 with 1:03 remaining. He scored 106 points in three games, the highest total in the 100-year old tournament’s history for a player who didn’t play the maximum four games.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Sean McNeil scored 22 points Saturday to lead Cooper over Fern Creek 51-44 in a KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 semifinal and into the championship game in its first state tournament appearance.

Cooper meets Bowling Green in Sunday’s title game.

Cooper (31-4) scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to cap a 19-4 run and take a 41-31 lead over Fern Creek (35-3) with 2:51 remaining. The Tigers got as close as three points in the closing seconds before the Jaguars closed out their win at the free throw line.

McNeil scored 10 points during the decisive run for Cooper, the 9th Region champion. Brayden Runion added 15 points for the Jaguars, who will face Bowling Green in Sunday’s title game.

Anthony Wales scored 13 points and Ahmad Price had 11 rebounds to lead Fern Creek, the 6th Region champion also making its first state tournament appearance.

Neither team led by more than four points before Fern Creek went up 27-22 three minutes into the second half.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com