The win by Caldwell almost assures the Tigers of the top-seed in the Fifth District Tournament that begins play Feb. 28 at Wildcat Gym.
The loss by Trigg – their second to the Tigers this year—means Trigg will likely be a two or three seed and face Crittenden County in the tournament.
Rogers’ layup against Trigg’s press defense capped a wild final three minutes that saw two ties and Caldwell blow a five-point lead with 46 seconds left.
After missing 18 of their previous 20 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, Rodney Davis buried consecutive long 3-pointers to tie the game at 34 with 2:55 remaining.
Rogers answered with a 3-pointer of his own with 2:00 left to push Caldwell ahead 37-34.
After a Wildcat misfire on a 3-pointer, Levi Glover found Rogers behind the Wildcat defense for an easy bucket to give Caldwell a 39-34 lead with 55 seconds left.
T.J. O’Hara put back a Davis miss to bring Trigg to within 39-36 with 46 seconds left.
After a Tiger turnover, Jeremy Jones was fouled but missed the front end of the bonus.
Jamaal Boyd was fouled on the rebound and made two free throws too bring Trigg to within 39-38 with 36 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats were forced to foul Matt Fraliex, a 90-percent free throw shooter, who made both shots to push Caldwell’s lead back to 41-38 with 29 seconds left.
Jones drilled a 3-pointer under pressure at the top of the key to tie the game at 41 with eight seconds left before Glover again found Rogers at half court for the final bucket and the Tiger win.
"We stood around and got lost on defense too many times at the end of the game," Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said.
Caldwell County added to Trigg’s frustration with a variety of zone defenses. Most effective were the 1-2-2, 3-2, and a box-and-one on Jones.
Trigg was just 5-of-24 (21-percent) from behind the arc and took two more shots from there than from 2-point range against the Caldwell zone defenses.
For the game, the Wildcats hit 30-percent (14-of-46) from the field compared to 40-percent (16-of-40) for the Tigers.
"We stood around, didn’t set any picks, and didn’t flash to the basket. We’ve handled zones fine before, but they thought they had to take threes against it. Some were probably too far out," Chumbler said.
The game featured six ties and five lead changes with each team enjoying leads as large as six points.
Caldwell led 10-8 after one quarter, and the teams were tied at 17 at halftime.
O’Hara led Trigg County with ten points and 13 rebounds and helped hold Caldwell’s second leading scorer, Allen Wadlington, scoreless on five shots.
Boyd also scored ten points and had a season-high six steals.
Jones and Davis each scored eight points, combining to shoot 6-of-28 from the field and 5-of-18 from 3-point range.
Levi Glover equaled his season high with 18 points, while Fraliex added 16. Rogers scored seven of his nine points in the game’s final minutes as only three Tigers hit the scoring column.
The 84 points scored by the two teams is the fewest in the series in 50 years, with Caldwell’s 46-30 win in 1955 the lowest scoring game in the 105-game history of the series.
Caldwell County improved to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in the Fifth District.