SNEEDVILLE — The difference between losing and winning was paper thin for the Unaka boys basketball team on Saturday night.
Rather than advance to the Region 1-A tournament semifinals, the Rangers saw their season come to an end in agonizing fashion as Hancock County won 47-46 on a last-second foul shot.
The game was knotted at 46 when the Indians’ Peyton Miller was fouled with 0.9 showing on the clock, sending him to the charity stripe for the double-bonus. Miller sank his first attempt to break the tie, then missed his second.
From there, the Rangers got off a half-court shot that bounced off the backboard and grazed the rim.
Miller showed the way for Hancock with 15 points while Wilson Smyth pitched in 10.
The Indians, who will play Hampton in Tuesday night’s semifinals at Chuckey-Doak Middle School, withstood a 21-point night by Unaka’s Logan Carrier. He collected 21 points — including each of his team’s five 3-pointers — while fellow senior Eli Rasnick accounted for 16 points.
Trailing 25-19 at intermission, the Rangers battled back to take a 31-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Hancock 47, Unaka 46
Searfoss 1, Carrier 21, Anderson 5, Rasnick 16, Baltaji 3.
Mullins 5, Way 7, Holt 7, Miller 15, Alder 3, Smyth 10.
Unaka 13 6 12 15 — 46
Hancock 13 12 5 17 — 47
3-point goals—Unaka 5 (Carrier 5), Hancock 4 (Miller, Holt, Alder, Smyth).