Sports briefs: Feb. 19

February 18, 2014 

High school basketball

Bryan Station rolls to upset of No. 12 Montgomery Co. boys

Marcellous Washington hit five three-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead visiting Bryan Station to a 76-57 upset of Montgomery County, which came into the game 12th in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State. Jordan Henry added 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Defenders (13-12), who shot 59 percent from the field.

Bryan Wallace scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Indians, which lost for only the second time this season to drop to 23-2.

■ In a matchup of two ranked city teams, Jackson Davis stepped up with 42 points, 17 rebounds and three steals in No. 9 Lafayette's 84-69 win at No. 20 Henry Clay. Davis was 15-for-25 from the field, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. Jordan Green had 17 points for the Blue Devils.

Dalton Godbey and Jacob Conway both hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to preserve No. 13 Lincoln County's 64-60 victory at Lexington Catholic. Conway finished 15-for-15 at the free-throw line and led the Patriots (22-5) with 25 points and seven rebounds. Tanner Johnson, who scored 21 points, hit five three-pointers for the Knights (17-10). Reese Ryan added 12 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Trent Gilbert was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and led No. 2 Scott County with 19 points in a 67-65 victory at Eastern. Tony Martini had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (27-2). The Eagles got 21 points from Cameron Reed.

Sam Souers scored 22 points and Eli Boggess had 15 to help host Woodford County knock off No. 16 Bullitt East 71-69.

Peyton Woods scored 25 points and No. 7 Wayne County improved to 26-1 with a 69-57 victory at Boyle County.

■ Fleming County's Troy Steward scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 87-77 victory at home against Campbell County. Wilder Williams also had a double-double — 12 points and 13 rebounds — for the Panthers.

David Jump scored 50 points, but Williamstown was edged 74-72 at Owen County.

Girls' highlight:

■ Top-ranked Elizabethtown outscored No. 4 Franklin County by 17 in the first quarter and held on from there for a 64-51 victory. Reauna Cleaver led the visiting Panthers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Dasia Kilbourne scored 13 for the Lady Flyers.

NBA

Knight overcomes injury, leads Bucks to win

Brandon Knight overcame a bizarre foot injury, scoring 18 points and making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left Tuesday night to seal the Milwaukee Bucks' 104-100 victory over the Orlando Magic in a game between two of the NBA's worst teams.

Orlando fell to 3-24 on the road. Despite snapping a four-game losing streak, the Bucks have lost 19 of 22 overall.

Knight played 34 minutes despite slicing his foot open on a baseboard while stepping out of his bathroom shower Tuesday afternoon. He hit all 12 of his free throws.

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors broke open a close game in the third quarter and held on for a 103-93 win over the Washington Wizards. John Wall led the Wizards with 22 points.

Paul George scored 26 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Former Bryan Station standout Shelvin Mack had 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Hawks.

■ Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been the subject of trade rumors all season, and things have heated up even more ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

"This is Year 8 for me (in the NBA)," Rondo said, according to an ESPN report. "And I think this is Year 8 for me being in trade rumors, especially around this time. ...

"I think this is the most, I guess, trade talk maybe, as far as seriousness for me, but... I still live my life every day and do what I do. Whatever happens, I'll be able to adjust and adapt to it."

UK Sports

Softball team continues to move up in polls

After winning the 2014 Texas Classic over the weekend and improving to 10-0 this season, Kentucky's softball team moved up to No. 5 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll and No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The rankings are the highest in school history.

So far this season, Kentucky has three wins over ranked teams. UK took down the defending national champions and then-No. 2 Oklahoma in its opening weekend before defeating then-No. 15 Texas twice last weekend. Both Oklahoma and Texas advanced to the 2013 Women's College World Series.

■ Kentucky baseball juniors Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed and sophomore Kyle Cody were named to the 60-man pre-season watch list for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation's top collegiate player.

■ UK's swimming teams set a pair of school records at the Southeastern Conference championships in Athens, Ga. The men's squad swam the 200 medley relay in 1:25.57 in the time trials and bested that record mark with a 1:25.43 in the finals. The women swam the 800 freestyle relay in a school-record 7:10.59.

■ Kentucky's men's golf team finished second to Auburn in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. Stephen Powers led the way with his third-place finish at 3-under par for the tournament.

NFL

Ex-UK wideout Matthews joins Seahawks

The Seahawks signed a receiver with an intriguing background Tuesday, 2012 Canadian Football League rookie of the year Chris Matthews. Matthews, a 6-foot-5, 227-pounder who played at the University of Kentucky, caught 81 passes for 1,192 yards in 2012 for Winnipeg. Injuries held him to just 14 catches in his second season in 2013.

The Seahawks, known to be searching for big receivers, saw enough to give him a shot, hoping to hit again with a CFL import as they did a few years ago with cornerback Brandon Browner.

Matthews had 61 catches for 925 yards and six touchdowns as a senior for the Wildcats in 2010.

TV Coverage

Fox making tweaks to NASCAR scoreboard

Fox Sports' attempt to modernize the scoring crawl is going back in for repairs. The network ditched the usual rolling leaderboard at the top of the screen for a rectangular box on the right side of the TV screen. Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, said changes are coming after fans complained the new scoring screen blocked a portion of on-track action. He said the network has "some tweaks" that will adjust the layout for Sunday's Daytona 500.

■ Longtime analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will not return to CBS' pre-game show. Marino leaves after 13 seasons with CBS, while Sharpe joined for the 2004 season, giving him a decade on the show. CBS said recently retired star tight end Tony Gonzalez will join the network as an analyst for the pre-game show, as well as other programming.

The last word

Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, on signing 2004 NASCAR Cup champion Kurt Busch, who is on his fourth team in four seasons after his temper nearly wrecked his career:

"The media made a big deal about some of these outbursts, but they all seemed reasonable to me. Hey, he's a passionate race car driver. If you stick a mic in front of someone whose car has just been broken, he's probably going to shove it right back at ya and I don't blame him."

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