Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 Championship Preview -- Taylor County vs. St. John's

Tonight's 2014 Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass Championship will have some unique flair. The final game will feature undefeated Taylor County (10-0) against St. John's College High School (6-2) from Washington D.C. The game marks the first time since 2005 and just the thirteenth time in the 34 year history of the event that a Louisville school will not be in the KOB final.

The 17th ranked Cardinals defeated unranked Waggener, 7th ranked Wayne County and 10th ranked Doss in route the tournament final. Taylor County is averaging 82.0 points per game and is led by sophomore Quentin Goodin who is averaging 32.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

The Cadets of St. John's come into the tournament final on a six game winning streak. St. John's has defeated the last two King of the Bluegrass Champions in route to the tournament final with wins over No. 2 Ballard, No. 16 Bullitt East, The Tennessean's Midstate No. 1 Christ Presbyterian Academy. The Cadets, ranked sixth by The Washington Post for the Washington D.C. area, are holding opponents to just 53.6 points per game. University of Louisville target Anthony Cowan Jr. leads the charge for St. John's averaging 22.6 points and more than 3 steals per game.

The overall edge based on tournament play goes to Taylor County who has the advantage in Scoring, Productivity, Accuracy, Range, Concentration, Strength and Alertness. The Cadets hold the pregame advantage in Defense, Aggressiveness and Ball Handling. The final will surely be memorable as we will crown a first time champion after tonight's game.

St. John's Tournament in Review

Player Statistics

St. John's Cadets
00Kylia SykesF13/180/04/93081523101634065
1Anthony Cowan Jr.G20/405/1623/31682111311514010092
2Tre WoodG5/130/25/131505576711056:18
10Kris SaulnyF4/130/37/141531518113434071
11Jeffrey DowtinG11/256/119/10375121771401095
12Zack LongG0/00/00/00000000000DNP
14Matas BudrysF8/241/70/017551072411050:52
15Emanuel HyltonG1/20/00/0215633203033:43
20Reese MonaG0/00/00/0001130200010:25
32Richard NjokuF0/00/00/2012370100010:23
40LJ BryanC0/00/01/2102210000012:33

Game Results

DateResultHigh ScorerHigh Rebounder
12/19/2014Ballard61-69St. John's23-Multiple13-K Sykes (St. John's)
12/21/2014St. John's62-48Bullitt East33-A C Jr. (St. John's)9-Multiple
12/22/2014St. John's54-52Christ Presbyterian18-Multiple12-B Blackwell (Christ Presbyterian)

Game Summary

St. John's Cadets
Ballard Bruins22/521/1024/3569123345247144120
Bullitt East Chargers21/436/1814/276210314121417360
Christ Presbyterian Lions19/405/1111/195471926221013160

Taylor County Tournament in Review

Player Statistics

Taylor County Cardinals
2Cam MorgesonG7/91/34/719281051901051:17
3Quentin GoodinG36/656/1519/2997721281171204091
5Will MillerG0/00/00/000001000006:11
10David SloanG20/386/1314/23602681131015081
14Brandon BerryF11/283/99/123411314130505057:27
20Austin EllisG0/00/00/200001010000:40
21Eric QuinnG0/00/00/000000000000:47
23Austin WebsterF1/40/08/101051419121103060
24Ezra OliverG7/110/32/51644872605068
30Marcus MooreG0/00/00/00000000000DNP
32Etienne BastanierG0/00/00/000000010000:47
33Jared RodgersC0/00/00/000001000000:47
35John ChewningC0/10/00/000002000009:19
41Devin RaffertyF6/100/02/314371091505051:13
45Evan DavisC0/00/00/00000000000DNP

Game Results

DateResultHigh ScorerHigh Rebounder
12/19/2014Taylor County84-74Waggener29-Q Goodin (Taylor County)13-K Kirby (Waggener)
12/21/2014Wayne County68-72Taylor County36-Q Goodin (Taylor County)10-Multiple
12/22/2014Taylor County94-83Doss32-Q Goodin (Taylor County)14-Q Goodin (Taylor County)

Game Summary

Taylor County Cardinals
Waggener Wildcats28/596/1522/338410273727516080
Wayne County Cardinals27/594/1614/227292231211140140
Doss Dragons33/486/1222/36946364225921160

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