VIENNA — With around 5:30 remaining in the third quarter and Cobden leading Century, 31-25, the lights went out in the Vienna gymnasium. The lights would be restored at the earliest two hours later, so the game in progress and the two following games on the fourth day of the 21st Annual Vienna Boys Basketball Classic were postponed until Saturday afternoon.
The Cobden (2-1) and Century (1-2) game will resume at the time it was interrupted at 1 p.m. The second game between Eldorado (3-0) and Carrier Mills (1-2) will be played at 2 p.m., followed by Vienna (1-2) and Meridian (1-2) at 3:30.
The Saturday evening session will remain as scheduled, with Carrier Mills and Century at 5:30, followed by Meridian and Eldorado at 7 and Cobden and Vienna at 8:30.
The first half saw Cobden jumping out to good sized leads, only to see Century come back each time to retake the lead. The teams traded baskets in the first minute before Dylan Lewey drained a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Appleknockers its first lead 7-4 at the 1:52 mark.
Century rallied take back the lead 10-9 on back-to-back baskets by Jacob Jones, followed by a layup by Jeffery Miller. But a layup by Lewely, followed by a three-point play by Noah Franklin on a layup and a successful free throw gave Cobden the biggest lead of the game — 16-10 with 2:08 remaining.
However, Century cut the lead to three to end the quarter on a 3-pointer by Drake Biggerstaff from the right side.
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Joe Brumleve extended the lead back to five with a layup to start the second quarter, but Tyler Lang canned Century’s third from beyond the arc to cut it back to two. After Jose Lopez scored for Cobden, Jones sank another 3-pointer to cut the lead back to one.
The Appleknockers extended their lead back to three on a layup by Lewey, but again the Centurions stormed back on a one-handed layup by Biggerstaff and a turnaround jumper by Jones to retake the lead with 1:22 left in the half.
Brumleve got the lead back for Cobden, but a putback by Clayton Spaulding with 4.4 seconds left gave Century the lead at the half, 25-24.
Cobden came out of intermission with a renewed effort, scoring the first seven points on a jumper by Franklin, an own rebound basket by Brumleve followed by another three-point play by Franklin on a layup and a free throw to give Cobden a 31-25 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
Then a few minutes later the lights went out and tried to come on two times before the gymnasium remained dark for over half an hour when the decision was made to postpone play.
It was later discovered that the power was out for around 800 customers in the area surrounding Vienna High School.