Boys' high school basketball: Clark County's win in OT highlights Thursday's Classic games

mfields@herald-leader.comDecember 27, 2012 

It's a whole new ball game for two-time defending 10th Region champ Clark County this winter. After back-to-back 30-win seasons, the Cardinals are in rebuilding mode.

So when Clark County found itself in a tight game against Paintsville in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic on Thursday, Coach Scott Humphrey could see his inexperienced team tighten up.

"We've been getting our heads beat in, so we were in unchartered waters — in the lead," Humphrey said with a laugh. "We were just hoping we could hang on."

Clark County did just that, pulling out a 75-71 victory in overtime.

The Cards wasted a chance to win in regulation. With the score tied 63-63 and a minute left, they had the last possession. Humphrey called two timeouts in the last nine seconds, but his team still couldn't find a shot.

Paintsville led 69-66 with 2:30 left in overtime, and 71-70 with 1:40 remaining.

But Clark County answered the challenge. It got a rebound basket from Luke Sharrock, a free throw from Riley Caudill, and a clinching steal and layup from Damion King to pull out the victory.

"The kids are putting in the time and the effort, so I'm happy they got to finish with a win," Humphrey said.

Malachi Israel led the winners with 16 points and six assists. Caudill had 15 points and five rebounds. King added 12 points.

Trevor Tiller's 23 points paced Paintsville. Matt Daniels had 18 points. Matthew Miller had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Knott Central 65, Simon Kenton 47: The Patriots, rated No. 19 in the pre-season, ran their record to 10-0 thanks to a profitable night at the free-throw line where they were 26-for-36.

Sophomore point guard Camron Justice had 26 points. He hit 11 of 12 foul shots, including seven in the third quarter that accounted for all of Knott Central's points.

Simon Kenton couldn't take advantage of the Patriots' offensive lull because of poor shooting. The Pioneers finished the night 14 of 51 (27.5 percent) from the field.

Besides scoring, Justice also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Evan Hall had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Chance Cornett added 10 points and eight rebounds for Knott.

Riley Barnes and Andrew Sampson had 12 points apiece for Simon Kenton.

Roger Bacon 72, Ohio County 68: The unbeaten Spartans from Cincinnati rallied from 10 points down in the second half to knock off previously unbeaten Ohio County. But Roger Bacon Coach Brian Neal was anything but happy after his team ran its record to 7-0.

He was especially displeased with his team's defense in the first half when Ohio County shot 67 percent and led by as many as 13 points.

"Probably the poorest half of basketball we've played, and I'm not sure the second half was much better," Neal said. "We'll take the win. Any time you beat a team that's 12-0, that says something. But we did not play the brand of basketball we're capable of playing. As a coach, that's pretty disappointing."

Carlas Jackson led Roger Bacon with 19 points. Austin Frentsos had 16, and Fred Moore added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Ohio County shot 59 percent (23-for-39), including 50 percent from three-point range (8-for-16). But 17 turnovers were costly. Roger Bacon had only six turnovers.

Trevor Lewis (21 points), Preston Lambrich (20) and Jonathan Wortham (18) led the Eagles.

Bishop Brossart 56, Perry Central 41: Brossart stayed unbeaten (10-0) with a workmanlike victory over the No. 14 Commodores.

Coach Mike Code's Mustangs took control early and never let Perry Central get on a roll. They led by 11 at halftime, extended the margin to 17 in the third quarter and then were patiently efficient in the fourth.

Justin Saunders had 13 points to lead Brossart. Erik Rieger and Drew Burns had 12 apiece. Alex Trentman had 10 rebounds to help the Mustangs win the boards 31-22.

Braxton Beverly, a 5-11 freshman, led Perry Central with 12 points and four assists. Justin Johnson, a 6-7 junior transfer from Sheldon Clark who was ruled eligible on Wednesday, had nine points and six rebounds in his debut with the Commodores.

Princeton, Ohio 73, Lexington Christian 57: There was no late rally by LCA against Princeton, which led by 17 at halftime and 21 early in the third quarter.

Darius Hilson, a 6-3 senior, sparked the Vikings with 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Ryan Bricking, a 6-2 junior, had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

LCA was led by senior guard Tyler Harville's 17 points. Matt Rose, a 6-5 sophomore, had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Friday's quarterfinals' lineup: Cincinnati Roger Bacon vs. Bishop Brossart at 3:30 p.m.; Knott Central vs. Princeton at 5; Lexington Catholic vs. Clark County at 6:30; and Henry Clay vs. John Hardin at 8.

CLARK COUNTY 75, PAINTSVILLE 71 (OT)

PAINTSVILLE (6-2) — Tiller 23, Daniels 18, Trimble 11, Miller 10, Daniel 4, Smith 3, Hensley 2.

CLARK COUNTY (4-8) — Caudill 15, King 12, M.Israel 16, Sharrock 8, J.Israel 3, Blanton 6, Cornellius 8, Greene 3, Warner 4.

Paintsville 11 17 16 19  8—71

Clark County 12 17 24 10 12—75

KNOTT CENTRAL 65, SIMON KENTON 47

KNOTT CENTRAL (10-0) — Justice 26, Hall 17, Cornett 10, Little 1, Short 6, Shrum 3, Christon 2.

SIMON KENTON (6-5) — Barnes 12, Sampson 12, Morrison 10, Kuntz 3, Montgomery 6, Swanson 3, Bowling 1.

Knott Central 18 19  7 21—65

Simon Kenton 15 11 10 11—47

BISHOP BROSSART 56, PERRY CENTRAL 41

BISHOP BROSSART (10-0) — Saunders 13, Rieger 12, Burns 12, Uebel 10, Jennings 3, Trentman 6.

PERRY CENTRAL (7-2) — Pray 5, Beatty 2, Fugate 2, Neace 3, Beverly 12, Johnson 9, Cornett 8.

Brossart 11 15 15 15—56

Perry Central 4 11 12 14—41

ROGER BACON 73, OHIO COUNTY 68

OHIO COUNTY (12-1) — Lewis 21, Lambrich 20, Wortham 18, Morse 4, Baggarly 1, Bennett 2, Hall 2.

ROGER BACON (7-0) — Richardson 8, Jackson 19, Moore 10, Frentsos 16, Niesen 7, Edwards 9, Higgs 4.

Ohio County 22 15 15 16—68

Roger Bacon 11 21 21 20—73

PRINCETON (OHIO) 73, LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN 57

LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN (4-7) — Harville 17, Rose 14, Trimble 6, Young 4, Kalinowski 2, Blair 9, Nighbert 5.

PRINCETON (OHIO) (5-6) — Jordan 12, Abrams 2, Bricking 15, Hilson 20, Jasper 5, Walters 17, Bradley 2.

Lexington Christian 8 15 18 16—57

Princeton (Ohio) 20 20 13 20—73

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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