West’s late flurry helps lift Wolverines to road win

Brandon West scored four points Thursday night for Polk County – all in the final minute, all ultimately deciding the outcome.

West’s late heroics helped the Wolverines pull out a 54-51 win over East Henderson in a non-conference boys basketball battle in Flat Rock.

A back-and-forth affair throughout the evening came down to that last minute, the two teams tied at 50. West broke that tie with a rebound and basket in traffic with some 30 seconds remaining, giving Polk a 52-50 edge.

East Henderson’s Caiden Brewer cut the deficit to one with a free throw with 6.9 seconds remaining. Brewer missed the second of his two foul shots, but the ensuing scramble for the rebound resulted in a jump ball, with East Henderson getting possession with 4.9 seconds left.

The Eagles lobbed an inbounds pass to Bryce Taylor, whose quick shot spun off the back of the rim. West eventually corralled the rebound and was fouled with 0.9 seconds remaining.

He calmly hit both free throws to boost Polk’s lead to three, and East’s ensuing inbounds pass sailed out-of-bounds on the other end of the court to clinch the Wolverine win.

Dominique Carson scored 25 points to lead Polk County, with Mackus Simpson scoring 11 and Kris Littlejohn adding nine.

Wayne Carson had five points and West finished with those vital four.

Polk County (6-5) will take a break for end-of-semester exams before traveling Jan. 14 to East Rutherford for a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference game.

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