FRANKFORT — Dominique Mack of Louisville Holy Cross made the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic all-tournament team last year, and he may be headed for an encore honor this year.
Mack had 22 points — just below his average — in leading Holy Cross to a 68-55 victory over University Heights in the first round of the All "A" Thursday morning in the Frankfort Convention Center.
"He likes the spotlight and plays well in it," Cougars Coach Mike Durham said of the 6-foot senior guard.
Mack had plenty of help.
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Jack Schmitt, a 6-0 senior guard, had 21 points, including 8-for-8 free-throw shooting. Ryan Nalley and Aaron Stahl, 6-3 seniors, were strong inside as they combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Durham said he liked the way his team shared the ball. That unselfishness was reflected in their shooting. Holy Cross hit 23 of 43 (53.5 percent) from the field.
Mack said the key was "stopping (UHA's) fast break, and rebounding."
UHA, an eight-time All "A" champ, didn't lose in the first round in its first 17 All "A" appearances. But now it has lost its opener two years in a row.
Lamontas Johnson led the Blazers with 15 points, all of those coming in the first half.
Green County 69, Kentucky Country Day 66: Ten busloads of KCD supporters made the trip to Frankfort, but Green County made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
KCD led 55-52 before the Dragons went on an 11-0 run to take control. Four players scored in the flurry as Green County went up 63-55.
KCD didn't quit, though. Jordan Tallon hit his only shot of the game — a three-pointer — to pull the Bearcats to within 67-66 with 17 seconds left. Green County's Dominique Compton cashed two free throws with 13 seconds to go to make it 69-66.
KCD got off a last-second three but it didn't come close.
Compton, a sophomore, led the Dragons with 21 points. Colton Bush had 12 points, Jayden Willis had 11, and Kenneth Banks came off the bench to get 10 points and eight rebounds.
Colin Ferguson's 17 points paced KCD. Malyiek McCray had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Newport Central Catholic 60, Owensboro Catholic 39: NewCath's big guys are usually the most trouble for opponents, but guards Zach Pangallo and Tanner Moeves combined for 29 points to lead the way for the defending champions.
Pangallo had 19 points and six rebounds. Moeves added 10 points.
Drew McDonald, a 6-7 junior and MVP of last year's All "A", had 12 points and six rebounds. Jake Schulte, a 6-8 senior, had eight points and seven rebounds.
Owensboro Catholic was led by Ryan Clark's nine points and eight rebounds.
Betsy Layne 56, Glasgow 47: Senior guard Dylan Meade scored 17 points for the Bobcats as they pulled away from the Scotties after an even first quarter.
The Bobcats (17-2) led 29-22 at halftime. The Scotties (11-9) never got closer than four points with 3:37 left to play.
Peyton Case had seven assists for Betsy Layne, outgaining Glasgow's four as a team. Case finished with 13 points for the Bobcats.
Anthony Walker led Glasgow (11-9) with 15 points.
Jackson Co. 65, Somerset 61: After trailing by as much as 13 points and for much of the game, the Generals offense — which saw just four total players score — came alive in the fourth quarter.
Jackson County (15-5), now winners of seven straight, outscored the Briar Jumpers (11-10) 28-15 in the final period.
The Generals took their first lead on a Jordan Fox dunk with 2:44 left. Fox was fouled on the slam and made the and-one free throw to put Jackson up 56-54.
The Briar Jumpers got back to within a point at 60-59 with 50 seconds left, but never regained the lead.
Isaiah Collier was big for Jackson, accounting for 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Fox led the Generals with 28 points.
Ryan Dishman scored 27 points to lead Somerset. He went 5-for-8 from behind the arc.
Corida 72, Carroll Co. 42: The Lions (14-5) rolled in their first-ever All 'A' Classic appearance, with Christen Cunningham leading the way with 17 points.
Fritz Lucien produced 14 points and 12 rebounds for Cordia. Anthony Tagaloa's 10 points rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Lions.
Austin Crowell and Dakota Corbin each had nine points for the Panthers (11-9).