NE Regional: Moore's foul shots help lift Ragland boys
by Mark Edwards
Feb 18, 2013 | 1986 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE -- Two years after missing a foul shot that would've won a sub-regional game, Ragland senior Jimmy Brock hit some of the biggest free throws of his life to help the Purple Devils advance in the Northeast Regional today.

As Ragland beat Collinsville 54-49 in overtime in a regional semifinal, Brock hit four foul shots toward the end of regulation and a big one in the extra period. He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, five steals, making 7 of 10 free throws.

Brock made two free throws with 2:16 left for a short-lived one-point lead. Then he made two with 13 seconds left to tie it 47-47 and send the game into overtime. With 30 seconds left in the extra period, Brock made a runner in the lane, drew the foul and made the free throw for a 53-49 lead.

Ragland (26-6) will play either Spring Garden or Skyline in the regional final Friday at 2:15 p.m. at Jacksonville State.

For Collinsville (27-4), Deshawn Moore had 18 points and 14 rebounds, despite sustaining a bloody lip midway through the game, which required a large bandage.

And as for Brock's free throw two years ago, Ragland coach Andy Eden said, "It's been a topic of discussion. Jimmy brings it up, not us."

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter @MarkSportsStar.

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