Josh Moore

Boys’ basketball: Lexington Christian defeats Campbell County

Opening tip between Lexington Christian and Campbell County in the Central Bank Jim Rose Classic on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Opening tip between Lexington Christian and Campbell County in the Central Bank Jim Rose Classic on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Herald-Leader

Lexington Christian used a decisive third quarter to take the lead against Campbell County and finished with a 63-51 victory over the visitors on Saturday night.

The game was the finale of the inaugural Central Bank Jim Rose Classic, named after the late businessman who was instrumental in the founding of Lexington Christian Academy. Six games were played as part of the event, including a girls’ game between Lexington Christian and Barbourville in which the Lady Eagles came away with their first win of the season.

Tre King, a junior, led all scorers with 21 for the LCA boys. He grabbed six rebounds and had two blocks.

Freshman Kyle Rode came away with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Both players shot the ball well, King going 9-for-11 from the field while Rode finished 7-for-9.

LCA trailed 27-23 at the break but used a 20-8 third-quarter edge to take control of things.

“It was a great team win,” Rode said. “We had kind of a sluggish first half. ... We just came out, had a great third quarter and really set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Trevor Hill had 11 points, five assists and four boards for the Eagles, who improved to 5-1 after dropping their first game at Scott County on Tuesday.

The big turnaround in the third was fueled by crisp passing as well as several fast-break opportunities on which the Eagles were able to capitalize.

“Before the game, coach said we wanted to run,” Rode said. “We wanted to try to get some easier baskets for our offense.”

Rode said LCA Coach Nate Valentine told his players he wanted them to aim for 80 points against the Camels (3-2).

“We came up a little short but I think he’ll take the win,” Rode said.

Rode connected with King for several highlight-reel plays, including a lob to open the third period.

“Tre’s just so easy to play with,” Rode said. “All our guys are, but Tre’s just an incredible athlete. He makes it easy and makes you look good on passes, so that helps.”

Campbell County star and Army signee Matt Wilson was held to 12 points, his second-lowest total this season (11). King got into some early foul trouble that altered how the Eagles wanted to play Wilson, but senior Justin DeMoss stepped in and bodied up Wilson enough to alleviate any defensive concerns.

You can watch a full replay of the game below, courtesy of PrepSpin.

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Lexington Christian 63, Campbell County 51

Campbell County (3-2) — Hegyi 14, McGovney 14, Wilson 12, Bertsch 5, Measner 2, Clos 2, Geiman 2.

Lexington Christian (5-1) — Hill 11, Rode 19, Hall 2, Hunt 8, King 21, DeMoss 2.

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