Manual Coach Jimmy Just credited defense for his team's 79-71 overtime victory over Bardstown on Friday, three weeks after Bardstown beat the Crimsons 77-64.
"We were probably a little more consistent defensively than the first time around," Just said after Manual's win in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
The Crimsons advance to play host Lexington Catholic in Saturdays quarterfinals.
Manual's defense rescued it in its rematch with Bards town. The Tigers led 63-59 with less than two minutes left in regulation when Manual pressured them into three straight turnovers.
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Manual cashed four of six free throws to tie the game.
"We really picked up our defense in the second half and overtime," Crimsons junior Dwayne Sutton said. "Our press was the difference."
Bardstown then made what Coach James "Boo" Brewer considered a fourth turnover in a row. "We shot a deep three when we shouldn't have," he said. "We never recovered."
Bardstown suffered its first loss in eight games this season.
Manual's balance was also a key to its victory.
TyRon Horton, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior, came off the bench to muscle his way to 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Sutton had 16 points and eight rebounds. Chris West had 15 points off the bench. Point guard Nick Reed chipped in with 12 points and five assists.
Horton was a difference-maker inside. He got Bards town big man, 6-6 Seivon Schooling, in foul trouble, and had nine points and six rebounds in the second half.
Horton made up for being assessed a technical foul when he entered the game in the first half. He was wearing jersey No. 42 instead of his assigned No. 24.
"He just picked up the wrong jersey. Must've looked at it upside down or something. But we'll cut him some slack," Just said with a smile.
Bardstown was led by Tvon Johnson's 21 points, and Schooling's 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Newport Central Catholic 64, Cordia 63 (2OT): Down 63-61 in the closing minute, NewCath got two free throws from Ben Weyer with 42 seconds left, and one from Grant Moeves with one second on the clock to pull out the victory.
Drew McDonald, a 6-7 junior, had 22 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. McDonald had a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the first overtime.
Jake Schulte also had a big game for the winners with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Weyer added 15 points and five rebounds.
Cordia trailed most of the way, but Oumar Keita, a 6-11 eighth-grader, had a buzzer-beating basket to tie it at the end of regulation. Keita also put the Lions ahead 63-61 with a basket with 1:11 left.
Anthony Tagaloa led Cordia with 21 points. J.J. Catchings had 15 points, and Christen Cunningham had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Pleasure Ridge Park 52, Bryan Station 45: Antonio McDaniels converted two free throws to cap a 9-0 Panthers run to keep second-ranked PRP alive in the winner's bracket.
Marcellous Washington's three-pointer trimmed the Panthers' advantage to 44-43 with 2:15 left to play. McDaniels answered Washington's three-pointer with his own on PRP's next possession. Lamontray Harris converted an and-one dunk to push the PRP lead to 50-43 with 1:03 to go.
Harris, a senior forward, led the Panthers with 21 points and 17 rebounds. McDaniels finished with nine points and three steals.
Deandre Bradford's 12 points for the Defenders were a team high. He went 5-for-7 from the field.
Lafayette 86, Augusta 46: The 10th-ranked Generals entered the second quarter up 17-14 before scoring 14 unanswered points in the first two minutes en route to a 35-point period.
Augusta, losers of three straight after opening the season 8-0, shot 37.8 percent for the game while Lafayette connected on 59.4 percent of its shots.
Harrison Lane and Jackson Davis led four Generals in double-figures scoring with 14 apiece. Davis also pulled down 10 rebounds while playing just under 13 minutes.
Brent Bach scored 15 points and had four assists to lead the Panthers.
Scott Co. 67, Hazard 47: Trent Gilbert hit five three-pointers in a 25-point outing for the No. 3 Cardinals, who earned their eighth consecutive win while handing the Bulldogs their third loss in four games.
Gilbert finished went 9-for-20 in 27 minutes of action. He led the Cardinals with six assists and also had five rebounds.
Scott County pulled away in the third quarter after holding a nine-point lead entering the halftime break.
Josh Hollan and Christopher Hudson, both seniors, scored 16 and 14 points respectively for the Bulldogs. Hudson was a defensive bright spot for Hazard, pulling down 11 rebounds and adding two blocks and two steals.