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Let's face the truth. Taylorsville is a football school. Bay Springs is a basketball school, and every once in awhile the script gets flipped. The Tartars did just that in an important region win over the Bulldogs, 86-84.

Taylorsville head coach Brandon Jennings understands the importance of this win. His first year as a Tartar head coach is off to a good start. He noted on the win, "to come in here and knockoff the defending state champions at their place, that's a huge win for Taylorsville. We haven't beat them in a couple of years."

The Bulldogs had the hot hand in the first quarter and jumped out to an 11-point lead, but Taylorsville adjusted to the speed of the game and found a way to match the Bulldogs' relentless pace.

"We faced some adversity getting down big in that first quarter, but we battled back and never gave up. They trusted the plan and the process, and I'm proud of the team and their effort," said Jennings.

WIth 1:48 left in the game, both teams were knotted at 82 points each. Through the timeouts, missed free throws, a turnover appeared fatal for the Bulldogs. It resulted in a huge dunk by Taylorsville's Jeffrey Pittman less than 20 left on the clock. With the Tartars up 84-82, Bulldog sophomore Chad Jones hits an unbelievable right-handed floater going to his left.

With less than three seconds on the clock, The Bulldogs grabbed a rebound on a missed Tartar jumper, and this guy you might have heard of on the football field, Ty Keyes, made not only the game-winning basket but the steal that led to the victory.

Jennings was extremely proud of his squad, but heaped praise on the Bay Springs effort as well, "Chad Jones and Anthony Wheaton are two fantastic players that shoot the ball exceptionally well. I think the Good Lord blessed us with some of their shots not going in the fourth quarter, and we were able to rebound and get some good looks at the end."

Chad Jones led Bay Springs scoring with 28 points. Taylorsville scoring was led by Arterious Miller with 30. Region 5-2A could be interesting if the Bulldogs find a way to fight back into the top two, but no matter who is hot, the road to the title will most likely go through the Heidelberg Oilers.

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