Friday, December 21, 2018


In the second quarterfinal of the evening it was No.12 Collins holding on against No.24 Madisonville to secure their first trip to the King of the Bluegrass semifinals. It was a slow start to the game offensively for both teams before a putback by Collins' Dayvion McKnight gave the Titans a 4-2 lead three minutes into the game. It was McKnight who single handedly outscored Madisonville with nine first quarter points to give Collins a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 17-8 less than a minute into the second quarter following a steal and basket by McKnight. Kenny White finally got things going for the Maroons in the second quarter cutting the lead to 3 points minutes later. A basket by Madisonville's Cade Cunningham kept things close at 16-19 midway through the second quarter. The Maroons held Collins scoreless for the next four minutes with Cunningham giving Madisonville their first lead of the quarter at 23-22 in the final minute of the half. A buzzer beating three-pointer by Tyson Turner broke the scoreless streak and kept Collins on top 25-23 at the half. An old-fashion three-point play by Madisonville's Keshawn Stone capped a seven point swing to put the Maroons back ahead 30-27 midway through the third quarter. The teams would exchange the lead three times over the final four minutes of the quarter with Caleb Hawley's basket in the final minute giving Collins a 35-33 lead. Five straight points by Stone put the Maroons back in the lead with 3:38 remaining in the game. The teams exchanges the lead five more times over the next two minutes before Marcellus Vail finally put the Titans back in control at 47-45 with less than two minutes to play. Stone got Madisonville as close as one point on the ensuing possession before Collins put the game out of reach with an 8-2 run to close the game. The 55-51 victory sends Collins to the semifinals in just their second tournament appearance. Cade Cunningham led Madisonville in scoring with 13 points and Keshawn Stone added 12 points for the Maroons. Collins' Marcellus Vail led all scorers with 16 points and Dayvion McKnight added 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the Titans.

Up Next
  • Collins will play in the semifinals Saturday at 7:30pm against the winner of Lexington Christian/Trinity.
  • Madisonville will play in the 5th place bracket Saturday at 6:00pm against the loser of Lexington Christian/Trinity.

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