The 2018 Chad Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass saw it's second upset of the tournament as No.13 Walton-Verona used a second-half surge to roll past No. 5 Madison Central in the opening round of action. A back-and-forth opening quarter of play saw the Indians and Bearcats exchange the lead six times throughout the opening eight minutes of play. It was the strong inside presence of Madison Central's Isaiah Cozart with a pair of dunks that helped the Indians take a 14-13 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The Bearcats took control early in the second quarter of action with a 11-0 run to push ahead 24-16. It was Cozart with four points and five rebounds in the final minutes of the half that pulled Madison Central back within 22-26 at halftime. A three-pointer by Madison Central's Kole Brown pulled the Indians within one point, but Walton-Verona's Trey Bonne and Kam Pardee combined for 12 points in the third quarter to keep the Bearcats ahead. A Garrett Jones three-pointer with less than two minutes to play in the quarter extended the Walton-Verona lead to 41-33. It was Jones with an old-fashion three-point play that gave the Bearcats their first double-digit lead of the game at 45-35 seconds into the final quarter. Quae Charlton scored four straight for the Indians to pull them within six points, but they'd never get any closer. A Dieonte Miles three-pointer capped an 11-2 run by Walton-Verona to put the game out of reach as the lead grew to a game-high 15 points at 56-41. A late three-pointer by Madison Central's Charlton cut the final score to 62-50. Madison Central was led by Western Kentucky signee Isaiah Cozart with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kole Brown and Quae Charlton each added 11 points for the Indians. Walton-Verona's Kam Pardee led all scorers with a game-high 16 points and Garrett Jones added 14.
- Walton-Verona will play Ballard in the quarterfinals Friday at 7:30pm.
- Madison Central will play Spencer County in the consolation bracket Friday at 7:30pm.