Lafayette didn’t have another comeback in it Thursday night as it fell, 53-45, to Cooper in the semifinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
The Generals overcame a 23-point deficit against Perry County Central in the quarterfinals late Wednesday night but couldn’t pull off another one after falling down by 13 to the Jaguars midway through the third quarter. Lafayette cut the lead to 40-37 by the end of that period and tied the game at 43-43 in the fourth quarter on an Eric Powell three-pointer, but Cooper used a 7-0 run to extinguish the Generals late.
Adam Kunkel, a junior with offers from Central Arkansas and Samford, led the Jaguars with 18 points and five rebounds. Brayden Runion had 12 points for Cooper, which is playing without its leading scorer and rebounder, Bellarmine signee Sean McNeil, who suffered what is believed to be a knee strain on Monday.
Jajuante Carpenter led Lafayette with 13 points. Chris Wharton had 10 points and five rebounds for the Generals, who will play Paris in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Cooper 53, Lafayette 45
Lafayette (7-6) — Powell 6, King 9, Greenup 2, Carpenter 13, Dreux 5, Wharton 10.
Cooper (8-3) — Hendrix 7, Kunkel 18, Runion 12, Walters 8, Wasser 2.