Sports briefs: Jan. 20

January 20, 2013 

High school basketball

Bullitt East, Willis prevail in OT in Missouri tournament

University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis had 27 points, eight rebounds and made several clutch plays down the stretch to lead Bullitt East to a 59-55 victory over Hillcrest (Mo.) in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Willis hit two free throws with 5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 50 and force overtime. The Chargers trailed by 13 points early in the fourth quarter.

With Bullitt East ahead 55-54 in the final seconds of the extra period, Willis blocked a shot, grabbed the loose ball and was fouled. He made both free throws with 5 seconds left, and the Chargers held on for the victory. Willis was 7-for-7 from the line, 9-for-14 from the field and made two of three three-point attempts.

Bullitt East (16-4) won two of three games at the annual tournament in Springfield, Mo. Willis averaged 21.0 points and 8.3 rebounds during the event.

■ Montgomery County, ranked 17th in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, pushed its lead to as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter and went on to defeat No. 12 Covington Catholic 77-67 in the finals of the Toyota Classic at Georgetown. Omar Prewitt scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Indians. Bryan Wallace and Darius Jones added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Catholic's Brian Heppler hit five three-pointers to account for all 15 of his points.

■ No. 24 Lafayette outscored Collins by 11 in the third quarter and held on for an 84-77 victory against No. 22 Collins in the third-place game of the Toyota Classic. Jackson Davis led the Generals with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Charles Sweat-Washington had 19 points and six rebounds. Dez Marshall's double-double kept the Titans in it. He had 27 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Trent Gilbert scored 24 points and Quin Richardson scored 13 of his 19 at the free-throw line in No. 9 Scott County's 75-56 victory against No. 18 Perry County Central in the fifth-place game of the Toyota Classic. Braxton Beverly and Justin Johnson both scored 20 points for the Commodores.

William Gary had 20 points in No. 11 Paul Laurence Dunbar's 74-58 victory against Christian County in the Al Prewitt Classic at Henry Clay. Mike Smith added 14 points and five steals.

Teddy Ware was 5-for-9 from three-point range and finished with a team-high 18 points in fifth-ranked Henry Clay's 72-46 victory against visiting Tates Creek in the Al Prewitt Classic.

Jack Whitman scored 24 points to go with 12 rebounds and four blocked shots and Lexington Catholic cruised to a 76-44 victory at Western Hills. Tom Banahan added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Anthony Gerald's 18 points and seven rebounds helped Model win 62-55 against Lexington Christian in the 11th Region All "A" Classic at Sayre. Tyler Harville had 23 points and six assists for the Eagles.

Girls' highlight:

■ Bryan Station edged visiting Tates Creek 59-58 in a game that had 12 lead changes. Serena Sandusky led the Defenders with 20 points, and DeShante Clay had 14 points and nine rebounds.


NBA

Kings' Cousins posts 18th double-double

DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points to go with 10 rebounds and four assists, and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the host Charlotte Bobcats 97-93 Saturday night for their third win in four games. After scoring just 69 points in a 16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown. It was Cousins' 18th double-double this season.

Anthony Davis had his best game this month with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals, but the New Orleans Hornets couldn't hold on against the Golden State Warriors, who rallied late to win 116-112.

■ Former Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson will not re-sign with the Miami Heat for another 10-day contract, his agent said.

"It's best for both sides that Josh look at other options," Merle Scott told The Miami Herald. "The Heat believes it needs something different than what Josh can offer. The door hasn't been closed on a return down the road."


Horse racing

Doctors optimistic Dominguez will recover

The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez said doctors are optimistic the nation's leading rider will fully recover from a fractured skull. Steve Rushing spoke Saturday with Dominguez's wife, Sharon, who told him the jockey is doing much better after going down in a spill Friday at Aqueduct.

"It's a slightly displaced skull fracture and he's going to have more tests, but the doctors are optimistic he'll make a full recovery," Rushing said.

There is no timetable for Dominguez to be released from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center or when he might ride again.

Dominguez was aboard the 4-5 favorite Convocation, who was behind horses when the field moved to the top of the stretch. Convocation clipped heels with Sovereign Default, with Convocation falling forward. Dominguez was thrown to the inner dirt course.

Dominguez has been the nation's leading rider the past two years. He won his third Eclipse Award when the winners were announced on Saturday night.


Golf

Rose takes control at Abu Dhabi

Justin Rose extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen. A day after top-ranked Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Tiger Woods missed the cut, the fifth-ranked Englishman made his third round look easy. After three-putting on the first for a bogey, Rose had a stretch of six birdies over nine holes.

Scott Stallings opened a five-stroke lead in the Humana Challenge at La Quinta, Calif., holing a 20-foot downhill putt on the par-5 eighth hole for his second eagle of the round. Phil Mickelson scrambled to make the cut by two strokes in his season debut.


Tennis

5th-seeded Kerber out of Aussie Open

Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber was defeated in the fourth round of the Australian Open by the woman who knocked out Serena Williams at the same stage last year. No. 19-seeded Ekaterina Makarova had a 7-5, 6-4 win in the opening match Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, taking out the highest seed to tumble so far at the season's first major. Makarova beat Williams in the fourth round in 2012 at Melbourne Park and went on to reach the quarterfinals, which remains her best result at a Grand Slam.


NHL

Blackhawks crash Kings' party with rout

Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks rained on the Kings' Stanley Cup championship celebration with a 5-2 victory over host Los Angeles on Saturday. It was the first day of play for the league after the season was delayed more than three months by the NHL lockout.


The last word

Scott Stallings, who leads the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge with one round to go, tore cartilage in five ribs at the same tournament last season. Stallings said Saturday:

"The West Coast hasn't been very good to me at all. My rookie year, I missed my first five cuts, and last year I got hurt at this event. ... I played La Quinta for one round and I played with Carl Pettersson, and after nine holes he said, "Either you're going to withdraw or I'm going to withdraw. I can't watch this anymore.'"

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