Friday, December 22, 2017


Our first semifinal of the evening featured defending King of the Bluegrass Champion Trinity taking on 7th ranked Cooper. It was the top ranked Shamrocks that jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind a pair of Jay Scrubb baskets. The two team would battle back-and-forth exchanging the lead nine different times in the opening quarter. Belmont signee Adam Kunkel would connect on a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of the quarter to knot the score up at 20-20 at the quarter break. Trinity opened the second quarter perfect on their first four baskets as part of an 11-3 run to push ahead 31-23. Adam Kunkel's three-pointer on the next possession pulled Cooper within five points but the Rocks closed the half on a 6-2 run to lead 37-28 going into the locker room. The Trinity lead continued to grow in the opening minutes of the second half as they hit three straight three-point baskets leading 46-33. Cooper pieced together a 7-1 run over the next two minutes to cut the lead to seven points but the Jaguars would never get any closer. The Shamrocks continued to roll in the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run to push their lead to a game-high 23 points. With the Trinity starters out of the game Cooper finished with an 11-0 run to cut the final score to 73-61. With the victory Trinity advanced to their fourth King of the Bluegrass Championship in the past five years and moved to 6-0 all-time in KOB semifinal games. Jay Scrubb led the way for the Shamrocks with 32 points including 9 three-point field goals. Justin Powell added a trio of three-pointers and 15 points for Trinity who shot 65% from three-point range in the game. Belmont signee Adam Kunkel led Cooper with a game-high 35 points and 6 three-point field goals of his own. 

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