In the final first round contest of the 2018 Chad Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass it was No.11 Lexington Christian that was dominant against No.7 University Heights. Lexington Christian got off to a great start jumping out to an early 7-2 lead. The Blazers rebounded with a run of their own holding the Eagles scoreless for nearly four minutes as they University Heights took a 9-7 lead. The teams would exchange the lead four times in the final three minutes of the quarter with a pair of free throws by Kyle Rode giving Lexington Christian the 12-11 lead at the quarter break. Stout defense by the Eagles would force 10 straight missed baskets for University Heights as the Lexington Christian lead grew to as many as 15 points with two minutes to play in the first half. A pair of late baskets by Xavier signee KyKy Tandy cut the Lexington Christian lead to 26-16 at halftime. Drew McGowan pulled University Heights within 9 points on two seperate occasions in the opening four minutes of the second half but the Blazers got six straight points from Rode midway through the quarter to keep their lead comfortably at 13 points. The Eagles took a 46-33 lead into the final quarter but couldn't stop a final surge from the Blazers to cut their lead to 49-44 with five minutes to play in the game. A basket by Tandy held University Heights within five points before Lexington Christian constructed a late 12-5 run to clinch the victory 63-51 and advance to the quarterfinals. KyKy Tandy led the way for the Blazers finishing with 19 points. Lexington Christian was led by Kyle Rode with an outstanding 27 point, 15 rebound and 5 assist performance. Will Hacker added 13 points for the Eagles.
- Lexington Christian will play Trinity in the quarterfinals Friday at 9:00pm.
- University Heights will play LaRue County in the consolation bracket Friday at 9:00pm.