Ballard beats Trinity in overtime at Louisville Invitational Tournament semifinals

Ballard beats Trinity in overtime at Louisville Invitational Tournament semifinals

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Ballard beats Trinity in overtime at Louisville Invitational Tournament semifinals

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Quentin Snider’s 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime lifted the Ballard High School boys’ basketball team to a 63-61 victory over Trinity in Saturday’s semifinals of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley.

Trinity had a final chance to tie or take the lead, but guard Tre’ Ivory dribbled the ball off his foot while driving to the basket. Ballard picked up the loose ball and ran out the clock to seal its victory.

Ballard (17-4) – No. 1 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings – advanced to face No. 8 Pleasure Ridge Park (14-4) in Saturday’s 8 p.m. championship game.

Ballard is seeking its first LIT title since 2007. The Bruins were LIT runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Trinity had won the last two LIT crowns and three of the past four.

Butler signee Kelan Martin had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Snider, a U of L signee, added 13 points and Brandon Berry scored 10.

Snider hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 56 and force overtime.

Raymond Spalding had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks to lead No. 5 Trinity (13-3).

BALLARD 12 15 17 12 7 – 63

TRINITY 13 13 13 17 5 – 61

Ballard (17-4) – Dow 2, Martin 29, Snider 13, Berry 10, Perry 9.

Trinity (13-3) – Ivory 4, Levitch 5, Ramser 9, Schmidt 2, Stafford 10, Owens 12, Spalding 19.

3-point goals: Martin 2, Snider 3, Perry; Ivory, Levitch, Ramser 2.

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