FRANKFORT — Devonte Grundy wasn't a one-man band for Bardstown in an 80-63 quarterfinal victory over Model in the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic in the Frankfort Civic Center on Friday night.
But the 6-foot-6 senior did deliver 31 points, 12 rebounds and a "wow" factor.
"Obviously the best player on the floor. A spectacular talent," Model Coach Wes Scarberry said. "By far the most talented player we've seen this year. "
Grundy has a strong supporting cast, too, and that's what ultimately did in Model.
The Tigers' overall quickness, speed and athleticism were just too much for the Patriots to handle.
Bardstown's pressure defense was especially effective, and was the catalyst in a devastating 29-3 run in the first half.
"That was pure determination," Bardstown Coach James "Boo" Brewer said. "They wanted it. They wanted to please me, and they wanted to win the ball game."
Marcus Cosby had 17 points for the Tigers, including three three-pointers.
Bardstown won the battle of the boards 38-25, led by 6-7 Seivon Schooling's 10 rebounds.
Model was led by Jon Ballard's 27 points and six rebounds. Zack Rice-Gordon had 17 points and five rebounds for the Patriots.
Scarberry said his players, despite the loss, could appreciate what they accomplished by knocking off Lexington Christian in the region final, getting to the All "A" state, and beating University Heights in the first round.
"They can look back at this as a very special moment for our school and our team."
Bishop Brossart 62, Russell 46: It'd be impossible to pick Brossart's player of the game after so many different guys took turns leading the way.
"That's kind of the way we've been most of the year," Coach Mike Code said.
Against Russell, Drew Burns (16 points, six rebounds), Alex Trentman (15 points, seven rebounds), Ben Uebel (12 points, seven rebounds) and Justin Saunders (11 points) had their shining moments.
"Drew carried us for a while, then Ben carried us for a while, then Justin and Alex got going," Code said. "That's the kind of team you like to have."
Russell jumped out to an 18-7 lead, but the Red Devils couldn't sustain their momentum against what Red Devils Coach Merle Kidwell called Brossart's "great switching defense."
The focus of that defense was Russell star Kyle Skaggs, one of the top scorers in the state. Skaggs had 10 points in the first quarter, but only 11 in the last three.
"He's a hard guy to guard," Code said. "But I thought our perimeter guys did a good job making him take difficult shots the last three quarters."
Newport Central Catholic 60, Lou. Holy Cross 46: One reason NewCath is rated tops in the tournament is its size, and it showed last night.
"It was huge," Coach Grant Brannen said, "because we were able to get the ball inside."
Drew McDonald, a 6-6 sophomore, had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Jake Schulte, a 6-8 junior, had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Senior guard Michael Bueter had 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers, the only threes NewCath has hit so far in the tournament.
"Teams are going to pinch in on our big guys, so we're going to have to knock down more outside shots," Brannen said. "That's eventually going to play a significant factor."
Knott County Central 57, Owen County 49: The Patriots looked in control with a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but they wound up sweating out a victory.
Owen County rallied to within 49-43 with three minutes left, and it had two chances to draw even closer. But Knott Central dodged the bullet and held on for its 20th win of the season.
The Patriots are in the semifinals even though they haven't played up to Coach B.B. King's standards yet.
"Hopefully (in the semi-fnals) this bunch will decide to play a game," King said. "The first two, I'm not satisfied with. The biggest thing is execution. We're taking bad shots instead of good shots."
Camron Justice, a 6-2 sophomore guard, led the winners with 25 points and six rebounds. Evan Hall, a 6-5 sophomore, had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Owen County was led by 6-6 freshman Carson Williams' 19 points and five rebounds.