By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Western boys basketball team held off a fourth-quarter rally by Knox County to win 48-45 in the Gully Transportation Tip-Off Tournament at The Pit.
Donovan Edwards missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Western scored the final basket of the game when Toby Vincent converted a pass from Izack Hively with 1:04 left. The Eagles had three fouls to give before the bonus. After the seventh foul, Western's Eric Rueb missed the front end of a bonus situation with 16.4 seconds left. Kellen Gillaspy grabbed the defensive rebound which set up Edwards's shot.
The Wildcats (1-1) led 41-33 after the third quarter but Knox County cut the lead to 44-43 on a basket by Gillaspy with just under four minutes left. Western scored just two more baskets the rest of the way -- both layups by Vincent.
Hively scored a game-high 16 points to go with six assists to lead the Wildcats, while Kyle Warning added 13 points. Royce Poore led Knox County (0-2) with 14 points.