Sports briefs: Jan. 11

January 10, 2014 

High school basketball

Gilbert scores 33 for Scott Co.

Trent Gilbert scored 33 points, including hitting four three-pointers and going 13-for-15 from the free-throw line, in Scott County's 82-69 victory at Henry Clay. The Cardinals, No. 3 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, also got 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists from Tony Martini. Jordan Green scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the No. 12 Blue Devils.

■ East Jessamine outscored visiting West Jessamine by six in the fourth quarter to come away with a 58-53 victory. Ronnie Carson led the Jaguars (9-7) with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Daulton Peters had 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Colts (11-4).

■ No. 7 Lafayette cruised to a 76-54 victory against Tates Creek. Jackson Davis had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Generals.

Quinn Pergande (21 points and 13 rebounds) and Justin Sanders (17, 10 and six assists) both had double-doubles in Sayre's 65-60 victory at Bath County. The Wildcats' Blake Maze had 17 points.

■ No. 5 Covington Catholic led No. 4 Newport Central Catholic 32-27 at halftime when the officials postponed the game because of slick floor conditions. A completion date for the game at Covington Catholic was to be determined.

■ Powell County's Brett Goodwin scored 30 points to go with 10 rebounds in an 84-75 victory against visiting Lee County.

Girls' highlights:

Rebecca Cook scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots in No. 3 Franklin County's 58-24 at Western Hills. Nannilena White added 13 points and five assists.

■ Lexington Christian's Holly Huellemeier had 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 63-49 victory at home over Bourbon County.

■ Lexington Catholic (10-5) jumped out to a 22-2 lead through one quarter and went on to defeat visiting Tates Creek (0-15) 53-23. Tori Pippen led a balanced Lady Knights offense with 10 points.

■ Sayre's Molly Manella had 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals in a 57-24 win at home against Burgin. The Spartans also got 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks from Gabby Bowie.


NBA

Suns' Bledsoe undergoes knee surgery

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Suns termed Friday's surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter a success. No timetable was given for Bledsoe's return but the team said in a news release that he "will pursue a possible return to action during the second half" of the season.

Bledsoe was having the finest season of his career after being acquired by the Suns from the Los Angeles Clippers in the off-season, averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists per game.

This is the second time in a little over three years that the 24-year-old player has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee. The first surgery was performed Oct. 7, 2011, during the NBA lockout of that season.

Former Kentucky teammate John Wall said he reached out to Bledsoe after hearing about the injury.

"I texted him to keep his head up. Hope for a speedy recovery," Wall told The Washington Post. "He said he's holding his head high. It's just a bump in the road. He told me to keep playing the way I'm playing and go and make the All-Star Game. ... It's kind of sad to see him go down, because he probably was going to be most improved player and he was having a career year."

Rondo plans return before All-Star break

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has yet to play a game this season as he recovers from knee surgery, told The Boston Globe that he plans to return before the All-Star break, which is in mid-February. "It may be this month, next month. It'll be before All-Star Break," Rondo told the newspaper.

"I haven't had any swelling," he said. "I'm wearing my brace. At times when I play, it doesn't feel like I have it on. No setbacks. It's just, I'm taking my time."

Rondo said that his conditioning is still a hurdle.

"I feel like I'm ready now, but I'm not in shape," Rondo said in a Yahoo Sports report. "I can go out there and I can give the team 10 minutes. I want to be productive out there. I don't want to limp or drag behind because of my cardio. That would be hurting the team.

"I don't want to be selfish and go out there and not be able to go up and down every possession and give it all I got. That's what I can't do right now."

A Yahoo Sports source said Jan. 17 against the Los Angeles Lakers is Rondo's target for a return. But Rondo told The Globe, "I don't know where that came from. ... Honestly, I don't (have a targeted return date.)"

Wall and Wizards struggle at Indiana

The Indiana Pacers rolled to a 93-66 victory at home against the Washington Wizards. Indiana (29-7) used an 11-3 run in the third quarter to start the rout. Trying for their first four-game win streak on the road since February 2008, the Wizards (16-18) stumbled at the foul line. They finished 9-for-23 on free throws.

Washington lost to the Pacers for the 11th time in 12 tries and haven't won at Indiana since April 18, 2007. John Wall, who finished with 13 points, shot 4-for-15 from the field Friday and is 8-for-29 in his past two games in Indianapolis.

Anthony Davis had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in the New Orleans Pelicans' 107-90 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Darius Miller added four points in 18 minutes.


College Basketball

Woods: Morehead-EKU 'regular OVC game'

Sean Woods has played and coached in many rivalry games throughout his time involved with the game of basketball.

While Morehead State is getting ready for their instate showdown with rival Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, he and the rest of the Eagles are taking a different approach when it comes to the Colonels.

"We're just treating it as a regular OVC game," Woods said. "We know it's a rivalry game and our fans are excited about it, but it's just another competitor for us in the OVC."

Woods is emphasizing that his players know where the Colonels' guards are at all times. EKU is averaging almost 79 points a game, with most of them coming from the wing. Senior Glenn Cosey leads the team with 19.1 points per game

"They have great guard play," Woods said. "Defensively, we need to find a way to control him. We know how good of a player he is and he makes them go. He is playing just as good as anyone in the conference. We need to make sure he's taking tough shots."

■ No. 10 Florida will be without leading scorer Casey Prather at Arkansas on Saturday. Coach Billy Donovan said the senior has a bone bruise on his right knee. Prather averages 17 points a game and leads the Southeastern Conference in shooting at 62.4 percent.


College football

Kiffin joins Alabama as coordinator

Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin on Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Kiffin replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.

Kiffin spent a week in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month exchanging ideas with Coach Nick Saban and his staff and observing Alabama's offense. The 38-year-old Kiffin was 28-15 in three-plus seasons with USC. He was fired five games into last season. He also was head coach at Tennessee and for the Oakland Raiders.


The last word

Western Kentucky men's basketball coach Ray Harper after his team's 77-54 loss at home to Georgia State on Thursday night:

"They dominated us. It wasn't like we were about ready to make a run at any point in the second half. ... Every player for them whipped whatever player on our team's tail. (Georgia State Coach Ron) Hunter whipped my tail. They were just better than us. It is what it is."

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