Tuesday, December 20, 2016


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Bob White Most Valuable Player
David Johnson - Trinity

Ralph Beard Spirit Award
Deangelo Wilson

Tavin Lovan - Franklin-Simpson
Taveion Hollingsworth - Dunbar
Jaylon Hall - Doss
Jaylen Sebree - Christian County
Sean McNeil - Cooper
Anthony Wales - Fern Creek
Terry Taylor - Bowling Green
Zion Harmon - Bowling Green
Jamil Wilson - Ballard
Trey Doomes - Allatoona
CJ Fredrick - Covington Catholic
Cole VonHandorf - Covington Catholic
Al Durham - Berkmar
Zach Cook - Berkmar
Lukas Burkman - Trinity


The 2016 King of the Bluegrass Championship was an epic battle between Kentucky's No. 2 Trinity (9-1) and Lilburn, Georgia's Berkmar Patriots (8-4). It was an early three-pointer by Zach Cooks that sent Berkmar ahead 8-3 in the opening minute of play. A 14-3 run by Trinity pushed the Shamrocks ahead 17-11 midway through the quarter. Indiana signee Al Durham scored the next seven straight points to put the Patriots back in the lead at 18-17 with 1:17 remaining in the opening quarter. It was an LJ Harris putback in the closing seconds that sent the teams into the quarter break tied at 19-19. Trinity opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to push ahead 28-21. Zach Cooks three-pointer midway through the quarter pulled Berkmar back within 28-26. It was the Shamrocks that reeled off a 16-4 run in the final four minutes of the half to go ahead 44-30 at halftime.

The Patriots scored the opening four points of the second half to pull within nine points. The Shamrocks quickly thwarted their run jumping back ahead by as many as fourteen points at 53-39 midway through the third quarter. A trio of free-throws by Al Durham capped an 8-0 Berkmar run to end the third quarter with the Patriots trailing 55-47. Ben Soumahoro's basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter cut the Trinity lead to just six points. A pair of buckets by Jayden Scrubb pushed the Shamrock lead back to twelve point just minutes later. It was a Lukas Burkman three-pointer with two minutes to play that looked to put things out of reach for the Patriots. Yet a minute later it was Zach Cooks who scored five straight for Berkmar to pull them back in the game trailing only 69-64 with 31 seconds remaining in play. Lukas Burkman hit a pair of free throws on Trinity's next possession but they couldn't stop the Berkmar momentum. Durham nailed a three on the next trip for Berkmar cutting the lead to 71-67. Bukman was immediately sent back to the free throw line for the Shamrock where he could only connect on one of two shots. Another Durham basket with 9.1 remaining pulled Berkmar within 72-69. Burkman's next trip to the line was just as eventful as he missed the first of two free throws giving Berkmar hope. The second free throw fell pushing the Shamrocks lead back to 73-69. A turnover by Durham on the final Berkmar possession sealed the victory for Trinity and gave the Rocks their second King of the Bluegrass Championship.

Al Durham led all scorers with 30 points. Zach Cooks added 19 points and Jay Estime tallied 11 points for the Patriots. Trinity was led by the duo of Lukas Burkman and Jayden Scrubb with 16 points apiece. Bob White Most Valuable Player, David Johnson, added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Shamrocks.

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Consolation Final
Christian County 68, Doss 60

5th Place Final
Fern Creek def. Ballard 87-82

3rd Place Final
Covington Catholic def. Bowling Green 67-50

Monday, December 19, 2016


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Our second semifinal of the evening saw Lilburn, Georgia's Berkmar (9-3) put on a dominant performance against Kentucky's top ranked Purples of Bowling Green (7-1). The two teams opened the game in a battle with five lead changes in the opening two minutes of play. It was a pair of Zach Cooks three-pointers that put Berkmar in control 11-6 midway through the quarter. The Purples fought their way back with an 8-2 run to take the lead 14-13 on a pair of Kyran Jones free throws. The teams exchanged the lead three more times before the end of the quarter with Jay Estime's three-pointer giving Berkmar the 22-19 lead at the quarter break. The Patriots opened the second quarter with a pair of three-pointers and a dunk extending their lead to eight points. Berkmar then pieced together a 13-5 run to take a commanding 40-28 lead with three minutes to play in the half. A pair of short runs by Bowling Green got the Purples as close as nine points before Berkmar took a 51-39 lead to the break.

Berkmar continued to roll in the second half of action opening with an 11-4 run to push their lead to 62-42 three minutes into the third quarter. The Purples cut the lead to 17 points in the final minute of the quarter but never got any closer. The Berkmar defense held Bowling to just 21.7% shooting during the second half as their lead grew to as many as 22 points. Trey Jones closed the game on a 4-0 run for Bowling Green to cut the final margin to 83-66. Berkmar advances to the King of the Bluegrass final for the first time in school history.

Zach Cooks led Berkmar with a game-high 32 points. Al Durham tallied 20 points and Jay Estime added 14 for the Patriots. Terry Taylor led the Purples with 28 points and 7 rebounds and Kyran Jones added 20 points.

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Berkmar vs. Trinity -- Tuesday 7:30pm
Bowling Green vs. Covington Catholic -- Tuesday 6:00pm


Our first semifinal of the 2016 Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass it was No. 2 Trinity (7-1) that used a strong second half to cruise past No.5 Covington Catholic (7-2). The opening four minutes of play was all Covington Catholic with the Colonels jumping out to a commanding 14-6 lead. It didn't take long for the Shamrocks to get going though as they quickly erased the deficit tying the game at 14-14 with 40 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Colonels took a 16-15 lead into the quarter break. The second quarter saw the Colonels open on a 10-5 run to push their lead back out to six points on three different occasions. It was a pair of late free throws by AJ Mayer that sent Covington Catholic to the locker room with a 35-27 lead at the half.

Trinity came out of halftime with a dominant performance that saw the Shamrocks tie the game jus three minutes into the quarter on a David Burton field goal. The Rocks hot start pushed them on a 20-2 run that put them ahead 47-39. A Justin Powell three-pointer at the buzzer sent Trinity into the final period with a 50-41 lead. The Colonels couldn't slow the Shamrocks momentum as the Trinity lead grew to 15 points on three different occasions. Covington Catholic reeled off a late 6-3 run but couldn't get any closer than 9 points. Trinity advanced to their second straight King of the Bluegrass title game with the 70-60 victory.

Trinity was led by sophomore David Burton's 21 points. Lukas Berkman added 18 points and Jayden Scrubb added 10 points. Covington Catholic was led by senior Cole VonHandorf with 21 points and the duo of CJ Fredrick and AJ Mayer added 19 and 13 points respectively.

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Trinity vs. Winner Bowling Green/Berkmar -- Tuesday 7:30pm
Covington Catholic vs. Loser Bowling Green/Bermar -- Tuesday 6:00pm


5th Place Semifinals
Ballard def. Allatoona 95-81
Fern Creek def. Franklin-Simpson 78-67

Consolation Bracket
Dunbar def. Lee 88-79
Cooper def. Fairdale 107-71

Consolation Semifinals
Christian County def. North Hardin 82-72
Doss def. Saint Rita 61-54