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December 20, 2013

KOB Recap: Day 1

Newport Central Catholic, Fairdale, Pleasure Ridge Park and Trinity all found themselves victorious on opening day at the King of the Bluegrass.

Game 1: #7 Newport Central Catholic (68) vs. Memphis Mitchell (TN) (47)


Memphis Mitchell fought Newport Central Catholic hard, but in the end Newport Central Catholic's size got the better of Mitchell. Drew McDonald and Jake Schulte combined for 28 points and Tanner Moeves was very effective in attacking the basket, leading all scorers with 19 points.

Newport Central Catholic was in control from the tip. The Thoroughbreds trailed only twice, and they never trailed again after taking a 10-5 lead on back-to-back threes.

The Thoroughbreds led by as many as six points in the first quarter, and led by 12 points at the half. Tanner Moeves and Drew McDonald both had 9 points at the half.

Mitchell started the second half strong, they got the Newport Central Catholic lead down to 5 points, 35-30, however the game never got any closer. The Thoroughbreds went on a 19-6 run to end the quarter, giving them a 54-36 lead after three quarters.

Mitchell never really got things going in the fourth quarter and couldn't chip into the Newport Central Catholic lead. The Thoroughbreds stretched their lead to 21 several times, Brian Anderson hit a pair of free throws at the end of the game to set the final score at 68-47. Newport Central Catholic will play the winner of Hopkinsville-Fort Meyers (FL) on Saturday, Memphis Mitchell will play the loser of that game on Saturday.


NCC: T. Moeves 19, McDonald 16, Schulte 12, Zack Pangallo 8, Grant Moeves 7, Ben Weyer 4 and Anderson 2.

Mitchell: Khalil Spencer 17, Antone Garrett 9, Jeremiah Martin 8, Kareem Austin 6, Kylan Phillips 3, Naba Echols 2 and Devonte Shipp 2.

Game 2: Fairdale (78) vs. #21 Elizabethtown (54)


Elizabethtown controlled the first quarter of the game. However, after that point it was all Fairdale, as Cory Thomas and Caleb Longacre proved to be too much for the Panther to handle.

Elizabethtown had built a 19-11 lead, capped by a powerful Dominique Harding dunk. Terik Mason scored for Fairdale to end the quarter, Elizabethtown led 19-13 after one quarter.

Fairdale opened the second quarter strong. Thomas and Longacre both scored to cut the Elizabethtown lead to 2 points. Harding made it a 4 point game on the next Elizabethtown possesion. Terik Mason then scored for Fairdale to put the lead back at 2 points.

From that point Cory Thomas scored 6 straight points to put the Bulldogs up 25-21. Fairdale never trailed again from that point on, and they built a 8-point lead, 33-25, at the half. Thomas had 15 points to lead all scorers.

Caleb Longacre took over in the second half scoring 22 of his 26 points. Elizabethtown could never get things going and Fairdale quickly built a double digit lead. The Bulldogs led 52-39 after three quarters.

Elizabethtown got the Fairdale lead down to 9 points, 58-49, with 4:07 left. But they never got any closer.

Terik Mason ended the game with a dunk in transition. Fairdale won their opening game 78-54, they'll face the Trinity on Saturday. Elizabethtown will play Lafayette on Saturday in the consolation bracket.


Fairdale: Thomas 27, Longacre 26, Mason 9, Joe Cox 6, Raymont Blincoe 4 and D.J. Moore 2.

Elizabethtown: Hardin 16, Ja'Von Cotton 15, Nic McDonald 13, Guy Williams 5, Zach Patterson 4, Ryan Harris 3 and Tristan Johnson 2.

Game 3: #10 Pleasure Ridge Park (80) vs. #18 Henry Clay (71)


Pleasure Ridge Park wore down Henry Clay as they built a double digit 4th quarter lead that Henry Clay couldn't overcome.

Jordan Green and Jeremiah Tisdale scored all 17 of Henry Clay's points in the first quarter. A pair of Antonio McDaniels free throws gave PRP a 19-17 lead after one quarter.

Jordan Green hit back-to-back threes in the second quarter to give Henry Clay a 29-27 lead. However, McDaniels hit a jumper to tie the game a short while later. Both teams scored once more before the end of the half as they went into the break tied at 34.

The PRP combo of Lamontray Harris and Antonio McDaniels outscored the Henry Clay combo of Jeremiah Tisdale and Green 34-15. However, Henry Clay only trailed 47-46 deep into the third quarter.

The Panthers ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run to go up 9, 55-46, at the end of three quarters.

Lamontray Harris and D'Angelo Hunter both scored to start the quarter and put PRP up, 60-46. Henry Clay didn't get the PRP lead into single digits again until Jordan Green hit a contested three to make it 79-70, with 29.2 seconds left.

PRP and Henry Clay traded free throws to make the final score 80-71. PRP will play the winner of the Johnson Central-Thomas Nelson game on Saturday, Henry Clay will play the loser of that game in the consolation bracket Saturday.


PRP: Harris 34, McDaniels 20, Hunter 7, Hunter Stevenson 6, Deshan Rushin 5, Khalid Raheem 4 and Drew Glass 4.

Henry Clay: Green 27, Tisdale 16, Felix Wilson 12, Leander Ridgeway 5, Colby Barnes 4, Jordan Houston 4 and Campbell Setzer 3.

Game 4: #3 Trinity (47) vs. #12 Lafayette (43)


In what was an offensive struggle at times, Trinity beat Lafayette on a late go ahead basket by Ray Spalding. Jax Levitch hit a pair of free throws to clinch the game and a four point win.

Trinity quickly built a 5 points lead, which was capped by a Spalding dunk. Spalding was called for a technical, for hanging on the rim, and Harrison Lane sank two free throws to make it 5-2.

Lafayette would tie the score at 5 on a Lucky Jackson three. However, Trinity built another 5-point lead, 12-7, quickly.

Lafayette closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run. Jackson hit a buzzer beater layup to make it 14-12 after one quarter. Both teams traded baskets in the second quarter, Trinity didn't regain the lead until late in the quarter. Ray Spalding scored on a putback to make it 24-23 late in the quarter.

Lafayette couldn't score before the half ended and went into the break down one.

The biggest lead for either team was 3 points. Jax Levitch scored after a Spalding dunk to make it 30-29 late in the third quarter. Jackson Davis answered the Levitch basket to make it 32-31 at the end of three quarters.

Lance Blakely started the quarter off with a jumper to give Lafayette the lead. The Generals never led again, although they were tied with Trinity three times. The last of which came on a pair of Harrison Lane free throws that tied the game at 43 with under a minute left.

Ray Spalding nailed a baby hook to give Trinity a 45-43 lead. Lafayette inbounded the ball and got over halfcourt before calling a timeout.

Lance Blakely turned the ball over after fumbling the ball out of bounds. Trey Ivory was fouled but missed the front end of the one-and-one.

Lafayette raced down the floor and Lance Blakely nailed a three. However, Blakely stepped out of bounds before he shot and it didn't count.

Jax Levitch hit a pair of free throws to give Trinity a 47-43 win over Lafayette. Trinity will play Fairdale on Saturday, Lafayette will play Elizabethtown on Saturda in the consolation bracket.


Trinity: Spalding 17, Trey Ivory 11, Levitch 6, Kelshawn Knight-Goff 4, Michael Stafford 4, Christian Thieneman 3 and Craig Owens 2.

Lafayette: Blakely 10, Dequise Robinson 8, Jackson 7, Davis 6, Lane 6 and Ross Jenkins 6.

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