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December 9, 2013
Purple Cow Round-Up Recap
Game 1: Elizabethtown 70 Thomas Nelson 62
In the first game of the Purple Cow Round-up Elizabethtown used a strong fourth quarter to beat Thomas Nelson.
Thomas Nelson raced out to a 7-0 lead as Kevin Ndahiro, Dikembe Dixson and Cameron Morgeson all scored. The Generals maintained that lead all quarter, as A.J. Youngman sank a midrange jumper just before the end of the first to make it 18-9.
The second quarter belonged to Elizabethtown. The Panthers allowed only seven points all quarter. Zach Patterson opened the quarter with five straight points to make it 18-14, Thomas leading. Austin Willett responded with a three for Thomas Nelson, and then Patterson hit a free throw to make it 21-15.
Dikembe Dixson then threw an alley-oop to Kevin Ndahiro. Then Jurien Royal and A.J. Youngman traded buckets to make it 25-17.
The Panthers then went on a 12-0 run to go ahead 27-25. Ja'Von Cotton hit a contested three to give Elizabethtown their first lead.
Kevin Ndahiro and Austin Willett scored consecutively for Thomas Nelson to put them back in front 30-27. Cotton and Dixson then traded midrange baskets, Cotton then banked in a midrange jumper at the buzzer to cut the Thomas Nelson lead to 1 at the half, 32-31. Austin Willett led Thomas Nelson with twelve points and Zach Patterson led Elizabethtown with eleven points.
The third quarter was very back and forth. A.J. Youngman nailed a three to give Thomas Nelson a 39-36 lead part of the way through the third quarter. But Guy Williams and Dominique Harding scored in succession to give Elizabethtown a 40-39 lead. Youngman then nailed another three, but Hardin scored again to tie it at 42. The rest of the quarter was back and forth, Austin Willett closed the quarter with a free throw to give Thomas Nelson a 52-50 lead.
Ja'Von Cotton came out with five straight points to put Elizabethtown up 55-52. Austin Willett then tied at 55 with a three. Nic McDonald made it 58-55 with a three, but Ndahiro tied the game at 58 with an and-1 that gave Harding his fifth foul. Patterson then scored for Elizabethtown, but Ndahiro answered for Thomas Nelson.
Elizabethtown finished the game on a 10-2 run, and they allowed zero field goals to beat Thomas Nelson 70-62.
Cotton led all scorers with eighteen points; Austin Willett led Thomas Nelson with sixteen points.
- Elizabethtown took out Thomas Nelson with limited production from Dominique Hardin. How good can the Panthers be when he plays a lot of minutes?
- Cameron Morgeson and Dikembe Dixson both struggled for Thomas Nelson. Can those two straighten things out as the season progresses?
- Kevin Ndahiro was dominant at times, but, like Harding, played limited minutes due to foul trouble. Can he figure out a way to stay in games?
- Who is the best team in the 5th region? Elizabethtown probably has the nod right now. But, John Hardin is still without Matt Miller, Thomas Nelson has a lot of room for growth and Taylor County and Bardstown have arguments to make. Regardless it's going to be a fun year in the 5th region.
Elizabethtown: Cotton 18, McDonald 15, Patterson 13, Harding 9, Royal 8, Harris 5 and Williams 2.
Thomas Nelson: Willett 16, Ndahiro 14, Youngman 14, Dixson 9, Morgeson 5 and M. Dixson 4.
Game 2: Madison Central 115 John Hardin 108
In the second game of the Purple Cow Round-up Madison Central won a three overtime thriller against John Hardin.
Both teams started out hot, with John Hardin taking an 8-6 lead. But Isaiah Johnson scored back-to-back baskets to give Madison Central a 10-8 lead, and then Elijah Smith tied it at 10. Demarcus George and Keon Williams traded baskets then Ross Ramsey and Brock Bruner countered each other to tie the game at 14.
Cameron Thomas then started to get it going as he closed the quarter with nine points, including the last two Madison Central scores to give them a 26-18 lead. Patrick Anderson scored just before the quarter ended to make it a 26-20 Elizabethtown lead.
The Indians opened up the second quarter with a 12-3 run to make it 38-23. However, John Hardin countered with a 7-0 run to make it 38-30, Madison Central.
John Hardin cut the lead to six points several times, and looked to be going into the half down by that margin. However, Isaiah Johnson was fouled on an inbound play with 0.4 second left in the half and he hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Madison Central a 45-38 lead at halftime. Demarcus George led Madison Central with fourteen points and Patrick Anderson led John Hardin with seventeen points.
Patrick Anderson opened the second half with a score to cut the Madison Central lead to five, 45-40. Dmitri Cooper later cut the Madison Central lead to three, 47-44. However, Demarcus George then Isaiah Johnson both scored to make it 51-44 Madison Central. John Hardin went on a 10-2 run from that point, taking the lead on a pair of Keon Williams free throws, 54-53. Both teams traded buckets as the quarter wound down, but Keon Williams had the last laugh. He hit a crazy turnaround jumper buzzer beater that gave John Hardin a 60-59 lead after three quarters.
Patrick Anderson opened up the fourth with a basket to make it 62-59 John Hardin. George answered for Madison Central, but then Anderson hit a three to make it 65-61. Cameron Thomas answered with his own three, then Anderson hit a free throw to make it 66-64, John Hardin. Coty Alexander then hit two free throws to tie it at 66.
After trading a free throw each, Demarcus George scored for Madison Central to put them up 69-67. Keon Williams hit a free throw with 4:22 remaining to cut the Madison Central lead to one, 69-68. Coty Alexander hit two free throws, John Hardin then answered with a three to tie the game at 71. Both teams scored to tie it at 73, and then Keon Williams hit a three to put John Hardin up 76-73. Kirkland Humphrey later tied the game at 78 with a three.
Cameron Thomas put Madison Central up 80-78 with a layup. Then John Hardin nearly turned the ball over, but was given a tie up when they had the arrow. Two seconds remained and John Hardin found Keivon Francis wide open on the inbounds play underneath the basket. He scored to send the game to overtime tied at 80.
Humphrey opened the OT period with a three, Keon Williams hit a three of his own right after to tie it at 83. Patrick Anderson scored next for John Hardin to give them an 85-83 lead. Coty Alexander hit a three to make it 86-85 Madison Central. Anderson answered immediately, but Alexander answered him with another three to make it 89-87. Cameron Thomas then got a steal and was fouled; he hit one free throw to make it a 90-87 Madison Central lead with 28.1 seconds left. Patrick Anderson was fouled shooting a jumper and hits both free throws to cut the lead to one, 90-89.
John Hardin fouled Madison Central's Coty Alexander with 3.2 seconds left and he hit both free throws to make it 92-89. Patrick Anderson raced down the court to take a three, but he was fouled at the buzzer. Anderson sank all three free throws to tie the game at 92 after one OT period.
John Hardin opened the second OT period on a 7-2 run to go up 99-94. However, Madison Central came back to tie the game at 100 with a little over a minute left in the second OT period. Neither team could score before the period ended and the game headed to a third OT period.
The third OT period belonged exclusively to Madison Central as they ran out to a 115-101 lead. John Hardin hit back-to-back threes later in the period, but it was too late as Madison Central pulled it out 115-108 in three overtimes. Demarcus George led Madison Central with twenty nine points and Cameron Thomas chipped in twenty six points. Patrick Anderson led all scorers with fifty points and Keon Williams added thirty two points.
- Madison Central is legit! The defending state champs their top three players from a year ago. However, the Indians will still be a force to be reckoned with in the 11th region.
- Cameron Thomas is one of the best sophomores in the state. Thomas has great size and length, plus he showed the ability to score at all three levels.
- John Hardin is going to be very good. The Bulldogs were without talented sophomore guard Matt Miller, who may be the best scorer on the team. Once they get him back they'll be very tough to beat.
Madison Central: George 29, Thomas 26, Alexander 19, Johnson 14, Humphrey 12, Jones 11 and Ramsey 4.
John Hardin: Anderson 50, Williams 32, Cooper 8, Francis 7, Smith 5, Goree 3, Bruner 2 and Davis 1.