High School Sports

All 'A' boys: UHA goes to 17-0 in opening round

RICHMOND — Still perfect after all these years.

That's University Heights Academy in the first round of the boys' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic.

The Blazers beat Hazard 49-43 in EKU's McBrayer Arena Thursday to improve their opening-round record in this tournament to 17-0.

UHA, as usual, advances to the quarterfinals in pursuit of its ninth small-school title.

Matt McGowan led the Blazers with 17 points. K'Quan McNease had 13 points and six rebounds.

Coach Randy McCoy, in his fourth year at UHA, said "the pride and tradition is something amazing. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

Hazard Coach Al Holland called the Blazers' 17-0 record "remarkable. It says a lot about their program, and the players and coaches they've had."

Holland said the only comparable streak he can think of is that of former Clay County coach Bobby Keith, who was 18-0 in region championship games.

Hazard tried to end UHA's streak. It trailed by only three points midway through the third quarter, but it missed too many free throws and made too many turnovers to overtake the Blazers.

"Those two things have been a problem for us all year," he said, "and they haunted us today."

Hazard missed 12 of 25 free throws and had 17 turnovers. It shot 27.5 percent (14 of 51) from the field.

B.J. Combs led the Bulldogs with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

DeSales 56, Bardstown 53: Brandon Brooks had 26 points to lead the Colts. The 6-1 junior guard hit five of 10 three-pointers as he doubled his season scoring average.

"I just play my game," Brooks said. "I work hard in practice every day and take it to the court."

Brooks' buzzer-beating three to end the third quarter gave DeSales a 42-35 lead.

Bardstown rallied to within 46-44 with five minutes left, but the Colts answered with a 6-0 run, punctuated by another three by Brooks.

DeSales hit enough free throws in the closing seconds to hold on.

Bardstown outrebounded DeSales 41-26, including 22 on the offensive boards. But that wasn't enough to offset the Colts' 51 percent shooting.

Cody Edelen led the Tigers with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Jordan Brewer, son of Bardstown coach James "Boo" Brewer, had 10 points and five rebounds.

Newport Central Catholic 68, Edmonson County 38: NewCath, the top-rated team in the All "A", had an easy time against the lowest-rated team in the tournament.

Jake Giesler, a 6-7 senior center, led the rout with 24 points, six rebounds and seven blocked shot. Brady Hightchew had 17 points, including 9-for-11 free throws.

The Thoroughbreds got to the rim a lot and took advantage. They hit 26 of 40 shots (65 percent). They also hit 15 of 19 free throws.

Edmonson County was led by Aaron Duncan's 19 points and five rebounds.

Danville 67, Metcalfe County 64: Danville (13-7) fell behind 10-0 and scored just seven points in the first quarter. But the Admirals used the three-point shot to get back in the game and rallied to a first-round victory.

Danville went 10-for-27 behind the arc, outscoring Metcalfe County 30-6 on three-pointers.

Jacody Taylor made four three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points for Danville, and Tevin Raines made three threes and scored 15 points.

Metcalfe County (12-8) was led by Grant Kindred with 21 points and Russell Kindred with 19.

Heath 54, Barbourville 42: Heath (16-6) closed the game on a 23-10 run to advance to the next round.

Drew Robinson led Heath with 18 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Jacob Jett added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Barbourville (18-5), held to 35.7-percent shooting, was led by Josh Hildebrand with 14 points.

Betsy Layne 53, Gallatin County 44: Betsy Layne (14-5) closed the game with a 9-1 run to beat Gallatin County (12-8).

Dylan Maldanado and Nathan Martin combined to shoot 5-for-6 from the line in the final 43 seconds to preserve the win.

Martin led all scorers with 18 points.

Shane Williamson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Gallatin County.

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