The first quarterfinal of the 2018 Chad Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass was a battle of out-of-state foes as former champion Brentwood Academy's late run fell short against South Shore. The two teams battled early in the opening quarter with Femi Odukale's five early points giving South Shore the early 7-3 lead. Sophomore Randy Brady scored five of Brentwood Academy's next seven points pulling the Eagles within one point on three different occasions. A three-point basket by Marcus Fitzgerald tied the game at 13-13 with 2:39 remaining in the opening quarter. It was a 10-0 spurt by South Shore to end the quarter with the Vikings leading 23-13. The Viking lead grew to as many as 12 points early in the second quarter before Fitzgerald connected on a pair of three-pointers that led to a 8-0 Brentwood Academy run cutting the lead to 25-21. The South Shore defense came alive in the final four minutes of the half holding Brentwood Academy scoreless while forcing three late turnovers to take a 30-21 lead at the half. The Eagles never got closer than seven points in the third quarter as the stifling South Shore defense converted seven turnovers into 10 points while extending their lead to as many as 18 points. A pair of field goals by South Shore's Kadary Richmond grew the lead to a game-high 20 points two minutes into the final quarter. A late 11-3 run by Brentwood Academy was started by 6 straight points from Marcus Fitzgerald to cut the South Shore lead to 64-56 with a minute remaining in play. A missed free throw by Kareem May in the final minutes gave the Eagles an opportunity with Brady headed to the free throw line in the final 35 seconds. A pair of missed free throws looked to doom Brentwood Academy before an offensive rebound landed in the hands of Adam Wass who connected on a three-pointer to pull the Eagles within 65-59. It was too late though as Odukale connected on the first of two free throws sealing the 66-59 victory for South Shore. Brentwood Academy was led by Marcus Fitzgerald and Randy Brady with 27 and 22 points respectively. South Shore had a trio of players in double digits including Isaiah Richards (16pts), Kadary Richmond (15pts), and Femi Odukale (14pts).
- South Shore will play Ballard in the semifinals Saturday at 9:00pm.
- Brentwood Academy will play Walton-Verona in the 5th place bracket Saturday at 4:30pm.
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