It's impossible to play perfect basketball, just ask any persnickety coach.
But if Boyle County's Steve Adams was hooked up to a lie detector, he might admit his Rebels came close to perfection in the third quarter of their 76-54 rout of Apollo in Sunday's quarterfinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
"It was something," Adams said in an appreciative tone. "I don't know whatever we did at half, but we need to figure it out."
Boyle County, which led 36-28 at halftime, opened the third quarter by blitzing Apollo 25-3 with a dazzling display of passing, shooting and defense.
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Chapman Bean hit a three-pointer to start the surge. Jeremiah Bell got a wide-open layup, Keagan Hinkle nailed a three, and Colton Elkins dunked off an alley-oop pass to cap a 10-0 run.
"It almost couldn't have been a better start," Adams said. "And it kinda snowballed from there."
It was an avalanche, and Apollo was soon buried under a 51-31 deficit. Boyle County wound up winning the quarter 29-8.
"It was really fun," said Hagen Tyler, who led the Rebels with 26 points. "I don't know if we can play any better than that."
Apollo Coach Steve Barker was impressed.
"Whooo! That's as good an eight-minute quarter that I've seen in a long time," he said. "I thought about throwing a zone at 'em ... to give 'em a different look, but the way they were shooting I don't think it would've done any good."
Boyle County came to town with a 7-1 record, but was looking for recognition as one of the top teams in the 12th Region, if not the state.
After beating Bryan Station, defending state champion Covington Catholic and Apollo, there's no denying the Rebels should be on everybody's radar.
"I think we've made a statement," said Tyler, who's averaged 25 points in the three victories here.
Boyle County got a team effort against Apollo. The big contributors included Bell (16 points, seven rebounds), Elkins (15 points, nine rebounds, six assists), and Hinkle (eight points, seven rebounds).
What did Adams like the best about his Rebels' play in their fabulous third quarter?
"The enthusiasm and team spirit," he said. "When (Apollo) had to call a timeout, our whole team came running off the bench. That kind of thing gets everybody playing hard."
Apollo junior star Eli Wright had a solid game. He had 25 points, including 4-for-6 three-point shooting, and eight rebounds.
As well as Boyle County is playing, it should get even better. Its roster includes six football players who are still now rounding into basketball form, and the team is a little fatigued after battling through illness and a busy Christmas schedule.
Not that Adams is complaining, not the way his team has played at Lexington Catholic this week.
"The big picture is to get a team ready for district and region," Adams said.
If Sunday's third quarter against Apollo was any indication, the big picture looks great for the Rebels.
Boyle Co. 76, Apollo 54
APOLLO (7-4) — Wright 25, Moss 8, N.Hopewell 6, Wells 6, Taylor 3, Coomes 6.
BOYLE COUNTY (10-1) — Tyler 26, Bell 16, Elkins 15, Bean 4, Hinkle 8, Robbins 7.
Apollo 12 16 8 18—54
Boyle County 13 23 29 11—76