It was an action-packed show featuring more super heroes than “The Justice League.”
The Estill High basketball Engineers battled Bourbon County on the hardwood through six overtime periods Monday night before the Engineers prevailed 102-99.
Cade Berryman may have been the biggest hero of all, scoring 40 points, including the shot forcing the game into the first overtime. He had only nine points at the end of regulation time but got his second wind during overtime play and performed like he had just arrived.
At the end of the game, Berryman had made his first “triple double” by adding 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
The two teams stayed close, within a couple of points for the entire game.The Engineers would go on to outscore the visitors 51-48 through six four-minute overtimes.
Devan Doty thrilled the crowd with a shot setting up the third overtime. He racked up a total of 17 points for the game.
Estill went ahead, with 3.7 seconds left on the clock in the fourth overtime, after sophomore Colby Baber stole the ball, passing it to freshman Trevor Jenkins who hit a three-pointer. Jenkins scored 14 for the game with 10 points coming in overtime.
Estill went on to outscore Bourbon 28-25 over the next eight minutes.
Brandon Morris, had 22 points for the Engineers and pulled down 16 rebounds before fouling out in the fifth overtime. Kenton Roberts fouled out in regulation with 5 points, Baber had 3 and King 1.
Now in possession of a 8-7 record, Coach Jon Bentley’s squad could easily be standing at 12-3 with a break or two along the way.
Four games have been lost by a total of 11 points.
Following a home court game with surprising Buckhorn (9-4) on Wednesday, Estill will be at 5-5 Powell on Friday for a game starting at 7:30.
Breathitt County, currently 3-7, comes to Irvine next Tuesday for a contest starting at 8 p.m.
Estill defeated Breathitt 63-56 in late December at a tournament in Jackson County.
The Engineers will be favored in most games remaining on the regular season schedule, and have proven themselves capable of winning them all.
Estill joined an elite list of only 10 other teams that have played six or more overtimes in the history of Kentucky high school basketball.
The state record is nine, set in 1966 between Millersburg Military Institute and St. Patrick.
Lawrenceburg and Kavanaugh faced off through seven overtimes in 1940, a feat repeated by Paintsville and Prestonsburg in 1978.
Boyle County and Garrard County played six overtime periods in 1983. Cumberland vs. Corbin was the last game than went six in 1990, well before any of the current crop of Estill-Bourbon players were born.