Tuesday, December 20, 2022
2022 All-Tournament Team
2022 All-Tournament Team
Warren Central 89, Great Crossing 56
The 2022 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass came to a close with our Championship featuring top ranked Warren Central, the defending state runner-up, taking on No. 4 Great Crossing. The matchup marked just the second time in the last 15 years that two non-Louisville schools from Kentucky would meet in the championship. Warren Central came into the game having a dominant tournament outscoring their opponents by an average of 13 points, a tournament high. Unfortunately, for Great Crossing the Dragons were just getting started in their dominance.
A pair of early three-pointers by senior Damarion Walkup got the Dragons off to a hot start leading 10-2 less than three minutes into play. A timeout by Great Crossings helped slow Warren Central as the Warhawks battled back to within 11-13 following a basket by Jeremiah Godfrey. Walkup added a basket to give him 10 first quarter points and put Warren Central ahead 16-11 at the quarter break. Vince Dawson's basket to open the second quarter pulled Great Crossing back with three points, but the Warhawks wouldn't get closer than four for the rest of the half. Warren Central ended the half on a 14-3 run to take a dominating 40-25 lead into the half.
Midway through the third quarter the Warren Central lead swelled to as many as 20 points following a basket by Damarion Walkup. The Warhawks would not get closer than 18 points for the remainder of the game. A final basket by Walkup pushed the Dragons lead to 32 points before both benches were emptied and reserves entered the game. A three-pointer by Cade Hammer with thirty seconds to play would give Warren Central their biggest lead at 89-54. The Dragons would hoist their first KOB trophy moments later with the 89-56 victory.
All-Tournament Team selection Chappelle Whitney led the way for Warren Central with a game-high 26 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Bob White Most Valuable Player honors went to Warren Central's Kade Unself after a 14 point and 6 rebound performance for the Dragons. Damarion Walkup added 18 points for Warren Central. Warren Central. All-Tournament Team selections Vince Dawson and Malachi Morano had 11 points and 10 points respectively for the Warhawks. Gage Richardson led the way for Great Crossing with 13 points.
Consolation Bracket Results - 12/20/22
3rd Place Final
North Oldham def. Lyon County 107-73
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5th Place Final
Sagemont (FL) def. LaRue County 79-55
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Monday, December 19, 2022
Consolation Bracket Results - 12/19/22
5th Place Semifinals
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Trinity def. DeSales 55-48
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Harlan County def. Male 62-59
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Fairdale def. Spencer County 82-78
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Central Catholic (PA) def. Woodford County 49-47
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Warren Central 71, North Oldham 57
Our second semifinal of the evening featured another battle of regional favorites as defending state runner-up and 2nd ranked Warren Central battled 15th ranked North Oldham. A tight back-and-forth first three minutes of play found the two teams all tied up at 6-6. Omari Glover's three-pointer with 3:25 remaining in the quarter capped a 7-2 run for Warren Central to put the Dragons ahead 13-8. North Oldham responded holding the Dragons scoreless for nearly three minutes as they went on a 5-0 run to tie the game with 38 seconds remaining in the quarter. Tay'vion Wells three-pointer in the closing seconds of the quarter put Warren Central ahead 16-13. Warren Central kept their momentum going in the second quarter with a 9-5 run to extend their lead to 25-18 with 5:27 remaining in the half. Ian Higdon's basket pulled North Oldham back within one point with 2:27 remaining following a 6-0 Mustang run. North Oldham would miss their final three shots of the half going scoreless for nearly 2:30 as Warren Central jumped back ahead 32-24.
A Dallas Roberts three-pointer two minutes into the second half looked to give North Oldham some life as they pulled with six points at 30-36. Warren Central would jump back ahead by 9 points before A Grant Neal three-point pulled the Mustangs back within six points. Warren Central would end the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 52-37 lead into the final quarter. The Warren Central lead grew to 17 points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. An 8-4 run by North Oldham was capped by a Jack Scales three-pointer to give the Mustangs their last chance trailing by 13 points with 5:47 remaining in the game. North Oldham would never get any closer and Malik Jefferson's basket with 1:23 remaining in the game would send the Warren Central lead to as many as 20 points. North Oldham closed the game on an 8-2 run to cut the final score to 57-71, but Warren Central advanced to their first KOB Championship in history.
Chappelle Whitney earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with a 16 point and 6 rebound performance for Warren Central. Kade Unseld led the Dragons in scoring with 17 points and Damarion Walkup and Omari Glover each added 11 points. Dallas Roberts led all scorers with 22 points for North Oldham.
Warren Central advances to Tuesday's Championship to play Great Crossing at 7:30pm. North Oldham will take on Lyon County at 6:00pm on Tuesday for third place.
Great Crossing 69, Lyon County 61
Our first semifinal of the evening was a battle of preseason regional favorites as No.7 Great Crossing battled No. 10 Lyon County. Lyon County's Travis Perry got things started with a quick three-pointer on the first possession of the game. The Lyons would score again for another four minutes as Great Crossing soared to an 18-5 early lead. A dunk to end the period by Perry would cut the Warhawks lead to 12-20 at the quarter break. The Lyons held Great Crossing scoreless for nearly four minutes to start the second quarter as they battled back to tie the game on a Travis Perry basket with 4:38 remaining in the half. The Warhawks offense broke out in the second half of the quarter as Gage Richardson's three-pointer kick started an 11-0 run for Great Crossing who led 31-23 at the half.
It was Lyon County who got off to hot start in the second half with a 9-5 run to cut the score to 32-36 following Brady Shoulders basket two minutes into the half. Great Crossing smashed the offensive glass capitalizing on offensive rebounds to push back ahead 40-32 a minute later. A pair of late three-pointers including one from Vince Dawson put Great Crossing ahead 54-38 going into the final quarter. Dawson's basket with 4:28 remaining in play extended the Warhawks lead to 18 points at 58-40. Travis Perry poured in nine points during a 12-2 Lyon County run to pull them within 55-63 with 2:15 remaining. A Jack Reddick three-pointer on Lyon County's next possession pulled them within 7 points, but they never got any closer. Great Crossing would advance to their first KOB Championship in history with the 69-61 victory.
Vince Dawson, III earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Warhawks. Gage Richardson added 14 points and Malachi Moreno added 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for Great Crossing. Travis Perry led Lyon County with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Jack Reddick added 20 points for the Lyons.
Great Crossing advances to Tuesday's Championship to play the winner of Warren Central vs. North Oldham at 7:30pm. Lyon County will take on the loser of Warren Central vs. North Oldham at 6:00pm on Tuesday for third place.
Tournament Stat Leaders
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Consolation Bracket Results - 12/18/22
Trinity def. Central Catholic (PA) 77-72
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Harlan County def. Fairdale 69-46
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Male def. Spencer County 82-77 (OT)
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DeSales def. Woodford County 63-58
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Warren Central 73, DuPont Manual 55
In our final quarterfinal matchup of the day, it was 24th ranked DuPont Manual taking on 2nd ranked DuPont Manual. It was a pair of early three pointers for Manual that gave the Crimsons control as they burst ahead 10-4 midway through the opening quarter. A Tay'vion Wells three pointer with 3:27 remaining would pull Warren Central within 3 points, but the Crimsons responded with a 4-0 spurt to pull away to 16-9. The Crimsons remained hot from three-point range using a trio of long-range jumpers to take a 25-14 lead into the quarter break. Chappelle Whitney's scored five points for the Dragons during 10-5 run cutting the Manual lead to 29-24 with 4:36 remaining in the half. A basket by Manual's Justice Decker pushed the Crimson's lead back to 8 points with 1:37 remaining in the half, but it was a late 5-0 run by Warren Central that sent them to the locker room trailing 31-34.
Demarion Walkup gave the Dragons their first lead of the game at 35-34 just over a minute into the second half as part of an 18-2 run by Warren Central to take control of the game. The Crimsons got as close as 7 points with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter following a Brady Hurley basket. The Dragons responded with a pair of three-pointers by Wells and Unself to push back ahead 55-42 going into the fourth quarter. Manual never got closer than 14 points in the final quarter with Warren Central extending their lead to as many as 20 points. The Dragons advanced with the 73-55 victory.
Warren Central's Demarion Walkup earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Kade Unseld led the Dragons with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Omari Glover added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Chappelle Whitney had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons. Justice Decker and Damone King led DuPont Manual in scoring with 12 points apiece.
Warren Central advances to Monday's semifinals to play North Oldham at 9:00pm. DuPont Manual will take on Sagemont (FL) at 4:30pm on Monday in the consolation bracket.
Great Crossing 64, George Rogers Clark 62 (OT)
In the third quarterfinal of the evening, it was top ranked George Rogers Clark taking on 7th ranked Great Crossing. The defending state champion Cardinals used four first quarter three-pointers to help propel them to an early lead. George Rogers Clark led by as many as nine points in the first quarter on two different occasions. Great Crossing's Malachi Moreno was able to cut the lead to 1-point midway through the quarter, but they couldn't maintain the momentum trailing 18-11 at the quarter break. George Rogers Clark got back-to-back three-pointers from Reshaun Hampton and Jerone Morton to open the second quarter expanding their lead to 11 points. Junius Burrell scored five points as part of a 7-0 run for the Warhawks to cut the Cardinals lead to 24-20 midway through the second quarter. George Rogers Clark responded with a 4-0 spurt of their own to give them some breathing room as they led 30-25 at the half.
One minute into the second half the Cardinals lead grew to 12 points at 36-25. Junius Burrell's three-pointer with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter capped an 11-2 run for the Warhawks who trailed by just three points. A pair of Malachi Moreno free throws got Great Crossing within one point with 2:26 remaining in the quarter before a 7-0 run by the Cardinals sent them to the quarter break leading 48-42. Christian Martin scoring six points early in the fourth quarter on an 8-4 run for the Warhawks before Burrell tied the game at 52-52 with 4:07 remaining. The teams exchanged buckets over the final minute before Malachi Moreno's basket with 22 seconds remaining tied the game at 56-56. Reshaun Hampton and Junius Burrell each tried for a late heave at the end of regulation but missed to send the game to overtime.
Rashaun Hampton got things started in overtime with a three-pointer for George Rogers Clark to push the Cardinals ahead 59-56. Gage Richardson answered with his own three pointer on the Warhawks next possession to tie it back at 59-59 with three minutes to play. A Malachi Moreno putback with just under two minutes to play gave the Warhawks their first lead of the game at 61-59. George Rogers Clark's Jerone Morton would connect on one-of-two free throws to trim the lead to one with 1:28 remaining. Jeremiah Godfrey would connect on one-of-two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put the Warhawks back ahead by two points. Jerone Morton connected with a layup on GRC's next possession to tie the game at 62-62, but Hampton was called for a foul on the ensuing inbounds play to send Burrell to the free throw line. With 1.5 seconds remaining Burrell connected on a pair of free throws to give Great Crossing a 64-62 lead. George Rogers Clark never got a shot off before time expired on the inbounds play. The 64-62 win by Great Crossing snaps a 37-game winning streak for the Cardinals who hadn't lost since December 19, 2021 against Dorman (SC) in the KOB last season.
Great Crossing's Junius Burrell earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Malachi Moreno added 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 blocks for the Warhawks. George Rogers Clark was led by Reshaun Hampton with a game-high 26 points. Jerone Morton added 17 points for the Cardinals.
Great Crossing advances to Monday's semifinals to play Lyon County at 7:30pm. George Rogers Clark will take on LaRue County at 6:00pm on Monday in the consolation bracket.
Lyon County 84, LaRue County 65
In our second quarterfinal of the day, it was 10th ranked Lyon County taking on unranked LaRue County. A pair of early lead changes led way to a 13-5 run by Lyon County behind a trio of three-pointers from Travis Perry and Brady Shoulders. A Carson Childress three-pointer two minutes later would cap a 5-0 run for the Hawks to pull within 15-17. Lyon County countered with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 24-17 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The Lyons lead grew to as many as 11 points early in the second quarter. It was a Daniel Allen layup with 3:30 remaining in the half that capped an 11-2 run by LaRue County to pull the back within a basket. Carson Childress would connect on a three-pointer moments later for the Hawks to pull within 34-35. The Hawks were held scoreless for the final 1:48 of the half as Lyon County jumped ahead 40-34 at the half.
Lyon County opened the second half on a 10-0 run holding LaRue County scoreless for nearly three minutes as they jumped ahead 50-34. The Lyons were dominant in the second half never allowing LaRue County to get closer than 10 points for the remainder of the game. It was a 16-4 run by the Lyons that really put things away as their lead extended to 22 points at 84-62. A basket in the final minute by LaRue County's Riley Hatfield cut the final margin to 84-65.
Lyon County's Jack Reddick was named Central Bank Player of the Game with 22 points. Travis Perry led all scorers with a game-high 34 points adding 7 rebounds and 6 rebounds. LaRue County was led by Carson Childress with 28 points, including 8 three-point baskets, and 8 rebounds. Daniel Allen added 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Hawks
Lyon County advances to Monday's semifinals to play the winner of Great Crossing vs. George Rogers Clark at 7:30pm. LaRue County will take on the loser of Great Crossing vs. George Rogers Clark at 6:00pm on Monday in the consolation bracket.
North Oldham 63, Sagemont (FL) 69
In our opening quarterfinal of the 2022 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass it was the Lions of Sagemont (FL) that got off to a hot start surging ahead 9-2 in the first three minutes of play. Luke Anderson would get North Oldham as close as five points following a basket with three minutes to play in the opening quarter. Cameron Gibson's layup less than a minute later capped a 5-0 run for Sagemont to put them back firmly in control. North Oldham would cut the lead to 9-16 going into the quarter break. Gibson and Ashton Smith would combine for seven early points in the second quarter as the Lions went on a 7-2 to extend their lead to 23-11. A Jack Scales dunk with 5:24 remaining in the half pulled the Mustangs back within 8 points at 15-23. Sagemont would see their lead grow to as many as 12 points midway through the quarter, but they could close the door on North Oldham. It was a 13-5 run by the Mustangs entering the half to trim the Sagemont lead to just four points at 28-32.
Sagemont struck first in the second half with a basket by Ashton Smith before North Oldham reeled off a 9-0 run taking the lead on Grant Neal basket two minutes into the second half. The Lions kept their composure and took the lead back following a Danielius Kasparas basket with three minutes remaining in the quarter. North Oldham had too much momentum though as they finished the quarter with a 5-0 to lead 47-43 going into the final quarter. Jack Scales opened the final quarter with a three-pointer to extend North Oldham's lead to 7 points. The Mustangs found themselves firmly in control following an Ian Higdon free throw with 5:33 remaining in the game leading 60-48. Sagemont connected on three-straight three-pointers as part of a 9-1 run to pull themselves back into the game trailing 63-67 with 2:05 remaining in play. Dallas Roberts hit a pair of free throws for North Oldham to push their lead to 72-66 with 42 seconds remaining in play. Devontae Jean would nail a three-pointer on the next possession for Sagemont to pull them within three points, but the Lions ran out of time falling 73-69.
North Oldham's Jack Scales was named Central Bank Player of the Game with a game-high 26 points. Ian Higdon added 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Mustangs. Sagemont was led by Ashton Smith with 15 points and Cameron Gibson with 13 points.
North Oldham advances to Monday's semifinals to play the winner of Warren Central vs. DuPont Manual at 9:00pm. Sagemont will take on the loser of Warren Central vs. DuPont Manual at 4:30pm on Monday in the consolation bracket.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Lyon County 76, Harlan County 73
The two teams combined to hit four early three-pointers with the Black Bears of Harlan County controlling early 10-5 midway through the opening quarter. 10th ranked Lyon County tied the game at 10-10 on a Brady Shoulders putback, but Harlan County kept the pressure coming reeling off five straight points to move back ahead 15-10. A three-pointer by Shoulders with a minute remaining in the opening quarter would give Lyon County their first lead of the game at 18-15. An old-fashion three-point play by Bray Kirk would extend the Lyons lead to 21-15 at the quarter break. Lyon County opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run to lead 26-15 following a Cooper Collins basket. Trent Noah gave Harlan County some life midway through the quarter scoring eight point during a 10-5 run to get as close as six points at 25-31. The Black Bears would go scoreless for the more than two minutes as Lyon County took control to lead 42-28 at the half.
The Lyons looked like they were cruising early in the second half as their lead grew to 18 points less than three minutes into the half. Trent Noah put the exclamation point on a 12-2 run by Harlan County to get the Black Bears back into it trailing 45-53 with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter. Travis Perry gave Lyon County some breathing room adding four points during a 6-0 spurt by the Lyons to lead 61-47 going into the fourth quarter. Cooper Collins basket with 4:40 remaining in play extended the Lyon County lead to 17 points. The Black Bears ran out of time but wouldn't give up hitting six three pointers in the final 4:30 of play to cut the final margin to just three points following Maddox Huff's three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Lyon County's Travis Perry led all scorers with 29 points and added 8 rebounds and 5 assists to earn Central Bank Player of the Game honors. Brady Shoulders added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Lyons. Trent Noah led the way for the Black Bears with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Maddox Huff added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for Harlan County.
Lyon County advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play LaRue County at 6:00pm. Harlan County will take on host Fairdale at 6:00pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
George Rogers Clark 70, Male 59
6th ranked Male got things started with a pair of free throws by Cole Edelen due to a pregame technical. Top ranked George Rogers Clark quickly put any pregame momentum the Bulldogs might have to rest with a 7-1 run to open the game. The Cardinals lead would grow to as many as six points at 13-7. A Bulldogs 10-2 rally to close the opening quarter was capped by Jayson Gasaway's basket in the closing seconds to put them ahead 17-15. George Rogers Clark went scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the second quarter falling behind 20-15. The Cardinals pieced together their own 8-0 run capped by Eli Craig's basket with 3:39 remaining in the half. A three-pointer by Male's Jack Edelen would tie the game at 23-23, but it was all George Rogers Clark to end the half leading 30-25.
George Rogers Clark carried their momentum into the second half starting with an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 38-27 following Jerone Morton's old-fashion three-point play. A Max Gainey field goal with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter would get Male as close as 8 points but Morton and Edwards combined to extend the Cardinals lead back to 44-32 at the quarter break. Two minutes into the fourth quarter George Rogers Clark was firmly in control leading 49-34 following a Trent Edwards basket. The Cardinals lead swelled to as many as 17 points on two occasions. Male would never get any closer than nine points which happened in the final minute of play. George Rogers Clark advanced with the 70-59 victory.
George Rogers Clark's Trent Edwards earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Jerone Morton added 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the Cardinals. Jack Edelen led Male with 21 points and Demetris White added 12 for the Bulldogs.
George Rogers Clark advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play Great Crossing at 7:30pm. Male will take on Spencer County at 7:30pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
Great Crossing 78, Spencer County 67
Spencer County used some hot shooting from long range to take an early 10-4 lead. Great Crossing turned up the defensive pressure forcing 3 turnovers and holding the Bears scoreless for nearly four minutes as the reeled off an 8-0 run to take a 14-10 lead. A Camden Cox three-pointer with just over a minute to play in the quarter would tie the game at 16-16 and Keaton Baird would put the Bears back ahead on their next possession. Great Crossing's Junius Burrell connected on a late basket to tie the game at 18-18 at the quarter break. It would take Spencer County nearly five minutes to score their first basket of the second quarter as the Warhawks soared ahead by as many as 15 points at 33-18 with three minutes to play in the half. Jack Armstrong would pull Spencer County back to within 8 points at 27-35 but the Bears trailed 40-29 at the half.
The Great Crossing lead swelled back to 18 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Spencer County held the Warhawks scoreless for nearly three minutes cutting the lead to 34-47 following a Luke Erhardt three-pointer with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. The Bears would get as close as 12 points on three occasions before a late 5-0 spurt by Great Crossing sent them to the quarter break leading 58-44. Keaton Baird would give Spencer County one last bit of hope with a basket midway through the fourth quarter to pull back within 12 points. A Malachi Moreno basket with 2:48 remaining would put Great Crossing ahead by 18 points at 72-54. Jonathan Combs three-pointer with 1:27 pulled Spencer County back to within 11 points but the Bears couldn't pull within single digits until there were only thirty seconds remaining. Great Crossings advanced with the 78-67 victory.
Malachi Moreno earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors for Great Crossing with a 22 point, 14 rebound, 3 block performance. Vince Dawson, III led the Warhawks in scoring with a game-high 26 points. Spencer County was led by Luke Erhardt with 17 points and Keaton Baird with 15 points.
Great Crossing advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play the winner of George Rogers Clark vs. Male at 7:30pm. Spencer County will take on the loser of George Rogers Clark vs. Male at 7:30pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
Sagemont (FL) 72, Central Catholic (PA) 47
Our day two opener was a battle of out-of-state opponents as Catholic Catholic (PA) battled Sagemont (FL). The opening quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams as they exchanged the lead three times and were tied up on five occasions. Debaba Tshiebwe looked to get things going for the Vikings ending the opening quarter with a basket to put them ahead 16-14. Bradley Gompers basket to open the second quarter pushed Central Catholic ahead by four points, the largest lead of the game at that time. Tynan Becker got things going for Sagemont with a pair of steals leading to back-to-back dunks to tie the game at 18-18 with six minutes remaining in the half. Cameron Gibson would score on the next possession for the Lions before Becker added yet another dunk propelling Sagemont on a run to push ahead by as many as 13 points before the half. Dominic Issa's three-pointer sent the Lions to the locker room ahead 36-23 at the half.
Randy Wilkerson and Debaba Tshiebwe kept Central Catholic in the game with a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half to pull within 33-38. Ashton Smith's three pointer to end the third quarter capped a 9-2 run for Sagemont as the Lions took control of the game leading 47-35 going into the fourth quarter. Central Catholic never got closer than ten points in the final period as Sagemont put an exclamation point on their KOB debut leading by as many as 26 points in the closing minutes of the game before finishing with a 72-47 victory.
Sagemont's Tynan Becker earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with a game-high 17 points. Cameron Gibson added 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Lions. Central Catholic was led by Debaba Tshiebwe with 14 points and 20 rebounds.
Sagemont advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play North Oldham at 4:30pm. Central Catholic will take on the Trinity at 4:30pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
Friday, December 16, 2022
Warren Central 63, DeSales 57
The opening four minutes of play between 2nd ranked Warren Central and 18th ranked DeSales was the Kade Unseld show as he scored the first 11 points for the Dragons pushing them ahead 11-4. A pair of baskets by DeSales' Crew Gibson pulled the Colts back within 9-11 with just over two minutes to play in the opening quarter. A pair of free throws by Izayiah Villafuerte capped a 7-0 run by the Dragons to put them firmly in control at 18-9 with 90 seconds remaining in the quarter. Warren Central maintained a 9-point lead at the quarter break ahead 21-12. The Dragons lead reached as many as 11 points before Will Gibson rallied DeSales scoring 5 points as part of a 7-0 run to pull within 21-25. A pair of three-point baskets by Villafuerte and Chappelle Whitney helped the Dragons lead swell back to 10 points midway through the second quarter. DeSales ended the half with their own 7-1 spurt to trail 28-34 at the half.
Warren Central continued to control the game throughout the third quarter. The Colts got as close as three points following a three-pointer by Julian Bunton. The Dragons quickly rebounded though closing out the third quarter with a 6-0 run on back-to-back three-pointers from Unseld and Villafuerte to lead 46-37. The Warren Central lead grew to as many as 12 points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter following an old-fashioned three-point play by Omari Glover. DeSales got hot from behind the three-point line midway through the fourth quarter as Brady Cummins and Bunton spearheaded a 11-4 Colts run to pull within 53-56. DeSales got as close as three points on one other occasion following a pair of Will Gibson free throws with 2:34 remaining in the game. It was a late 5-2 run by the Dragons sealed the victory 63-57.
Warren Central's Kade Unseld earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with a game-high 24 points. Izayiah Villafuerte added 15 points and Omari Glover had 13 points for the Dragons. DeSales was led by Will Gibson with 17 points and Crew Gibson added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Colts.
Warren Central advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play DuPont Manual at 9:00pm. DeSales will take on the Woodford County at 9:00pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
DuPont Manual 55, Woodford County 52
DuPont Manual got off to a strong start defensively forcing a pair of Woodford County turnovers and holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless on their first eight field goals attempts. Brady Hurley connected on a free throw and field goal on back-to-back possessions for the Crimsons giving them an early 5-point lead. Aden Nelson layup with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter capped a 6-0 Woodford County run to give the Yellow Jackets a 10-9 lead. The two teams would exchange the lead three more times to end the first quarter with Damone King's in the final 10 seconds of the quarter giving Manual the 13-12 lead at the quarter break. A steal and basket by Santonio Wade two minutes in the second quarter would tie the game back up at 17-17. Josh Darst would score five of the next six for the Crimsons who used their own 6-0 run to move ahead 23-17 midway through the quarter. A J.J. Jenkins' three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half capped a 10-2 Woodford County run to give the Yellow Jackets a 27-25 lead. Brady Hurley would connect on Manual's final possession of the first half to send the teams to the locker room tied at 27.
The two teams battled back-and-forth early in the second half staying within a possession of each other until a 7-2 run by Woodford County looked to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room at 37-33. DuPont Manual quickly responded with Damone King's basket a minute late tying the game at 37-37. The Woodford County lead grew back to as many as four points before King's basket in the final minute of the quarter pulled Manual within 39-41. An 8-2 run by Woodford County to open the fourth quarter put the Jackets ahead 49-41. The Crimsons just wouldn't give up though with back-to-back three-pointers by Malachi Coleman and Justice Decker ending a 10-1 Manual run that put them ahead 53-52 with 37 seconds remaining in the game. Damone King took a charge on the other end to give the Crimsons possession again with 18 seconds remaining in play. A final basket by Decker gave Manual the 55-52 lead they would hold onto after a last second miss by Aden Nelson.
Brady Hurley led the way for DuPont Manual with 13 points and 6 rebounds earning Central Bank Players of the Game honors. Damone King added 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Crimsons. Woodford County was led by Aden Nelson with a game-high 15 points. Makhi Smith and J.J. Jenkins added 12 points apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
DuPont Manual advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play the winner of Warren Central vs. DeSales at 9:00pm. Woodford County will take on the loser of Warren Central vs. DeSales at 9:00pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
LaRue County 73, Fairdale 67
The host Bulldogs struggled with some early shooting woes as they opened 2022 King of the Bluegrass play against LaRue County. Fairdale, who missed their first four three-point field goals, saw themselves fall behind 10-4 three minutes into the game. The Bulldogs finally got things going from behind the arc with Joe Hurt's three-pointer pulling them within 7-10 midway through the first quarter. The Hawk's lead would extend back to six points on two occasions before a Cam Croney capped a 4-0 run for the Bulldogs to pull within 13-15 with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Six straight points by LaRue County's Daniel Allen could give the Hawks a 21-13 lead at the quarter break. A Carson Childress three-pointer capped a 5-0 LaRue County spurt to extend the Hawk's lead to 11 points less than two minutes into the second quarter. Fairdale would cut the lead back to six points after back-to-back baskets by Dalton Hicks and Jacob Tucker but they couldn't get any closer with the LaRue County lead growing to as many as 13 points before the half. The host Bulldogs trailed 30-40 at halftime.
Daniel Allen opened the second half of scoring with a basket to extend the LaRue County lead to 12 points. Fairdale's Jake Dewboys capped an 11-4 Fairdale run to pull the Bulldogs within 41-46 midway through the third quarter. A pair of baskets by LaRue County's Jagger Mardis kept the Hawks comfortably ahead leading by 8 points. Cam Croney and Dalton Hicks put together their own run for the Bulldogs who cut the Larue County lead back to just 4 points with two minutes remaining in the quarter. A three-pointer by Allen closed the third quarter of play with LaRue County leading 52-45. All added 9 more points for LaRue County as part of a 12-4 spurt early in the fourth quarter pushing their lead back to 64-49. Fairdale wouldn't give up though as the Bulldogs rallied with a 14-2 run to get as close as four points following a Dalton Hicks' three-pointer. LaRue County got four straight free throws from Carson Childress and Jaxson Thomas to close out the game and seal the 73-67 victory.
LaRue County junior Daniel Allen's 41 points led all scorers earning him Central Bank Player of the Game honors. His performance ranks 10th all-time in single-game scoring in KOB history. Carson Childress and Jagger Mardis added 12 points apiece for the Hawks. Fairdale was led by Dalton Hicks with 24 points and Joe Hurt added 13 points for the Bulldogs.
LaRue County advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play the winner of Lyon County vs. Harlan County at 6:00pm. Fairdale will take on the loser of Lyon County vs. Harlan County at 6:00pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
North Oldham 50, Trinity 48
A pair of early three pointers by No. 3 Trinity's Cam McClain gave the Shamrocks the early lead. North Oldham's Jack Scales would answer with a pair of his own three-pointers to tie the game midway through the opening quarter. Jayden Johnson kept the Shamrock's close early in the third quarter with a three to tie the game at 12-12. The 15th ranked Mustangs took advantage of a poor second quarter shooting performance by Trinity to take control at the half 22-16.
North Oldham opened the second half with a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 29-18. A pair of Trinity free throws by Alex Johnson with a minute remaining in the second quarter pulled the Shamrocks within 7 points. Andrae Vasser helped the Shamrocks cut the North Oldham lead to 6 points on their opening possession of the fourth quarter. Jack Fischer extended the Mustangs lead back to 8 points a couple minutes later before Trinity pieced together a 6-0 run to pull within 38-40. A Luke Anderson basket with just under 3 minutes to play gave North Oldham some breathing room at 43-38. Back-to-back baskets by Jayden Johnson and Matt Toller pulled Trinity back within 42-43 with just over two minutes to play. The teams exchanged buckets before Vasser took advantage of a missed free throw by North Oldham's Ian Higdon to give Trinity their first lead of the second half at 46-45 with 1:25 remaining in the game. Jack Scales nailed a three-pointer on North Oldham's next possession to put the Mustangs back ahead. Andrae Vasser hit a pair of free throws with 22.1 seconds to tie the game at 48-48 and keep the Shamrock's hope alive. A layup with 3.5 seconds remaining by North Oldham Dallas Robert's would give the Mustangs the victory.
North Oldham's Jack Scales led all scorers with 14 points. Ian Higdon added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Mustangs and Luke Anderson added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Trinity was led by Andrae Vasser and Jayden Johnson with 12 points apiece.
North Oldham advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play the winner of Central Catholic (PA) vs. Sagemont (FL) at 4:30pm. Trinity will take on the loser of Central Catholic (PA) vs. Sagemont (FL) at 4:30pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
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2022 Tournament Preview
The 41st Annual Chad Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass features a field loaded with talent from across the Bluegrass state and the country. Six of the Courier-Journal’s Kentucky Preseason Top 10 teams will compete for the prestigious title. This year’s field features ten teams ranked in the Top 25 in the state, including regional favorites from the second, fourth, seventh, eighth, tenth, and eleventh regions. There’s plenty of individual talent as well with four of the state’s top 10 players competing in the event. This year’s field also includes four former King of the Bluegrass Champions including Fairdale, George Rogers Clark, Male, and Trinity.
The 2022 Chad Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass will tip-off with a four-game slate on Friday. The opener is a matchup of preseason regional favorites as seventh region favorite and 3rd ranked Trinity take on 15th ranked North Oldham, the favorite in the eighth region. Trinity, returns senior Cam McClain who made a school record 95 3-pointers as a junior last year. The Shamrock will look to new additions Jayden Johnson, a 6’5” freshman transfer from Male, and Drae Vasser, a 6’2” transfer from Jeffersontown averaged 13.6 points per game last season. North Oldham is led by 6’2” guard Dallas Roberts who led the Mustangs in scoring last season with 16.8 points per game helping the Mustangs reach their first Boys Sweet 16 in school history. In the second game of the day, host Fairdale will take on LaRue County. The Bulldogs are led by the junior duo of Dalton Hicks and Jacob Tucker who combined to average nearly 37 points per game last season. LaRue County is led by senior guard Carson Childress. The 7:30 game on opening night will feature 13th ranked Woodford County taking on 24th ranked DuPont Manual. The Yellowjackets are led by 6’8” John McCrear, a transfer from Lexington Catholic who committed to Murray State this summer, and sophomore Jasper Johnson, an ESPN top 25 prospect in the class of 2025. DuPont Manual will be led by Damone King, preseason pick for seventh region player of the year, who averaged 15.1 points per game last season. The final game on Friday evening will feature 2nd ranked Warren Central taking on 18th ranked DeSales. The defending state runner-up Dragons return four starters from last season’s team including the senior duo of Omari Glover and Chappelle Whitney. DeSales will be led by 6’6” junior forward Will Gibson.
The first round of action continues on Saturday with Central Catholic of Pittsburgh, PA taking on Sagemont of Weston, FL in the opener. The Vikings of Central Catholic will look to incoming transfer Debaba Tshiebwe, brother of former West Virginia and now Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe, to lead the way. Sagemont School is coming of a Florida Class 2A state runner-up finish last season. The Lions won 25 games last season and are currently ranked 22nd in the state of Florida in the SBLive Sports Florida Boys Basketball Power 25. The second game of the evening will feature 7th ranked Great Crossing taking on Spencer County. The Warhawks, the preseason favorite in the 11th region, are led by 6’11” sophomore center Malachi Moreno who has numerous Division I scholarship offers and is ranked as the nation’s 10th best center prospect in his class according to 247Sports’ rankings. Spencer County is led by junior Luke Erhardt, who averaged 22ppg for the Bears last year. The 7:30 game on Saturday will feature defending Kentucky State Champions George Rogers Clark taking on 6th ranked Male. The top ranked Cardinals are currently ranked 14th in nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 and return their top three scorers from last season in Morehead State pledge Jerone Morton, Sam Parrish and Trent Edwards. The Bulldogs,will look to senior Jack Edelen to help them build off their regional championship last season. The final first round matchup will feature 10th ranked Lyon County taking on Harlan County. The Lyons will be led by guard Travis Perry who currently has 3,190 career points heading into his junior season and is on pace to break the state record (4,337), which has stood since 1956. Harlan County is led by talented has their own talented junior in 6’7” guard Trent Noah who ranked seventh in the state last season averaging 28.1 points per game.
The 2022 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass will continue with the quarterfinal round beginning at 4:30pm Sunday with all 16 teams in action. All 16 teams will return to the courts on Monday for a full slate of games beginning at 4:30pm with the semifinals scheduled at 7:30 and 9:00pm. The final day of action will tip off at 3:00pm on Tuesday with the Championship game scheduled for 7:30pm.