Bryan Station continues domination

Fourteen consecutive victories over the last five years.

Those numbers tell the tale of Bryan Station's mastery of city rival Paul Dunbar in boys' basketball.

The dominating Defenders continued their streak by dismantling Dunbar 80-61 on Tuesday night in a matchup of top ten teams.

No. 6 Bryan Station used a strong second half to deal No. 8 Dunbar its first loss to a Kentucky opponent this season.

"We just come out and play hard," Defenders senior Jeremiah Mabson said when asked to explain his team's rule over the Bulldogs.

"We have intense practices, and we come out and execute."

Bryan Station's execution wasn't flawless against Dunbar, but it was good enough.

Neither team shot well, especially through the first three quarters.

"I think both teams shot poorly because everybody was hyped up for a big game," Defenders Coach Champ Ligon said. "It took a while for everybody to settle down."

Bryan Station settled down in the third quarter and padded a 34-28 halftime lead to a 57-38 cushion.

That was too deep of a hole for Dunbar.

"I thought it came down to effort," Bulldogs Coach Redd Hutchinson said. "Bryan Station did some things defensively better than us, and they were relentless getting seconds shots and loose balls."

Charles Ashford, who has blossomed into a big-time scorer for Bryan Station, led the way with 25 points even though he had only two in the opening quarter. The 6-foot-2 senior also had 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Joe Fain had 14 points for the winners, and Mabson added 10 points, including 2-for-2 on threes.

"Jeremiah's really unselfish," Ligon said. "He's used to stepping aside and letting the other guys shine, but he can help us out as a scorer, too."

With Montell Morones still sidelined by sickness, the Defenders also needed the offensive production of Andrew Adams, Tyler Smothers and Cameron Richardson, who combined for 18 points.

Dunbar had an awful night shooting. Even after heating up in the fourth quarter, it finished 22 of 73 for 30 percent.

One bright spot for the Bulldogs was the inside play of 6-7 senior Tyler Rogers (19 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots) and 6-7 junior Bryce With (eight points, 19 rebounds, eight blocked shots.)

Reliable senior Nick Hudson had 17 points and four assists.

How did he account for Bryan Station's winning streak over Dunbar?

"They've just got the mind-set that they're going to beat us," Hudson said. "And we don't play our game like we should.

"I still feel like we're a top-10 team and that when we play like we should for 32 minutes, we can play with anybody."

Bryan Station and Dunbar both get a chance in the next week to face the No. 2 team in the state -- Scott County.

Bryan Station hosts the Cardinals on Friday, and Dunbar welcomes them on Tuesday in a game that was snowed out in December.

First, though, Dunbar has a Thursday date with Henry Clay.

"I promise you'll see a different Dunbar team than you saw tonight," Hutchinson said.

bryan station 80, paul dunbar 61

BRYAN STATION (13-2) — Ashford 8-19 7-10 25, Richardson 4-14 0-0 8, Mabson 4-4 0-0 10, Adams 3-5 2-2 8, Smothers 4-8 0-0 8, Fain 5-12 1-2 14, Blackburn 1-2 0-0 2, Waite 0-0 1-2 1, Waide 2-4 0-1 4, Renfro 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-70 11-17 80.

PAUL DUNBAR (9-2) — Hudson 5-17 5-6 17, Waldrop 1-4 0-0 2, Morton 1-7 4-6 6, Lanter 1-7 0-0 2, Rogers 8-16 3-5 19, Clay 0-2 0-0 0, With 3-12 2-4 8, Johnson 3-8 1-5 7. Totals 22-73 15-26 61.

Bryan Station 17 17 23 23—80

Paul Dunbar. 10 18 12 21—61