The crowd, the atmosphere there is no way this was a Hall of Fame game.
Joevante Arnold (Liberty Tech) nailed two free throws to give Liberty Tech a tight 72-70 hard fought victory over Marshall County in Friday action at the Bolivar Central Hall of Fame Weekend.
The game was an unbelievable match-up with two of the state's best in Vanderbilt signee Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) and Richmond signee Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech).
A back and forth affair got very tight in the fourth quarter when Johnson nailed a three from the top and the Tigers took their first lead of the game at 54-53.
Johnson edged the lead up a bit more with two foul shots before Anthony drained a three to knot it back up at 60.
Northern Illinois signee DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) scored on a dish from Anthony to move the Crusaders up by two before Brad Spencer (Marshall County) connected on both of his charity tosses and again we are tied this time at 62 all.
With mere ticks on the clock Anthony bolts for the rim and his lay-up is rejected by Johnson and we have overtime.
Kevin Peterson (Marshall County) gets things started with a corner three on a pass from Johnson, another Johnson bucket matched by Anthony puts the Tigers up by three but only for a moment as Anthony comes down and drains again to knot things up at 67.
Anthony drains his seventh three of the game to give the Crusaders the lead at 70-67 before Peterson again recieves the crisp Johnson dish and knocks down the trey to knot things up before Arnoldknocks down the winning free throws.
Anthony was huge scoring 40 points on the night, Barnette added 13 for the winners.
Johnson finished with 39 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
Bolivar Central 66
Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) led all scorers with 22 points as Ridgeway got past defending Class AA state champion Bolivar Central 73-66.
Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway) and Marvin Smith (Ridgeway) added 16 each for the Runners.
Tyler Price (Bolivar Central) and O'Neal Woods (Bolivar Central) added 15 each for the Tigers. DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central) finished with 12 points.