Wednesday, December 20, 2023


 In the gripping opening game of the second day of the 2023 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic, held on December 20, 2023, at Fairdale High School, the Little Rock Central Tigers triumphed over the De La Salle Meteors. Despite a valiant effort from De La Salle, they were unable to close the gap in the game's final moments.

De La Salle showed a strong push in the last 2:30 of the game, narrowing the lead to just 5 points on two occasions. However, their comeback efforts were thwarted as they couldn't draw any closer. The final 50 seconds of the game were crucial, with Little Rock Central controlling their final possession effectively, running down the clock to secure their victory​.

A major factor in the Tigers' win was their formidable defense. The Tigers forced a total of 12 turnovers from the Meteors, showcasing a strong defensive strategy. These turnovers were not just defensive successes but also translated into significant offensive gains, as the Tigers converted them into 15 points​.

Annor Boateng of Little Rock Central was a standout player in the match, delivering a remarkable performance that earned him the Central Bank Player of the Game honors. Boateng's contribution was pivotal to his team's success, as he racked up an impressive 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals, demonstrating his skill and impact on the game.

Little Rock Central's combination of a strong defense and key performances from players like Boateng and Luke Moore was enough to clinch the victory against the De La Salle Meteors and advance to the quarterfinals where they will take on DeSales tomorrow at 4:30pm.

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