High School Basketball

Region highlights: Buzzer-beater seals ticket to state, first-timer makes it in

Sweet Sixteen berth decided on steal and lay-up at the final buzzer

Southwestern defeated Mercer County, 48-46, in the finals of the 12th Region tournament at Pulaski County after Logan Dykes scored a layup as time expired on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Video shot and provided by Matt Overing of the Danville Advocate-
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Southwestern defeated Mercer County, 48-46, in the finals of the 12th Region tournament at Pulaski County after Logan Dykes scored a layup as time expired on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Video shot and provided by Matt Overing of the Danville Advocate-

The Kentucky high school basketball postseason is underway!

Boys’ region tournaments wrapped up across the state on Tuesday. Below you’ll find links to scores, selected game recaps and our coverage of the postseason so far.

BOYS’ GAMES

Scores

McCracken County 42, Graves County 37 (1st Region): The Mustangs reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in their program’s history, which is only five seasons long. They won the 1st Regiom in their inaugural campaign in the 2013-14 season and won their first game at state before bowing out to Bowling Green.

Apollo 51, Owensboro Catholic 41 (3rd Region finals): The Eagles were 4-5 over their last nine games enteringthe region tournament — including a 58-56 loss to Owensboro Catholic in the 9th District finals — before stringing together three straight wins and scoring the upset bid. They improved their record to 16-15, the first time they’ve been above .500 since Dec. 21.

Warren Central 65, Bowling Green 53 (4th Region finals): The Dragons overcame a two-point halftime deficit to end Bowling Green’s four-year reign atop the region and assure that the Sweet Sixteen won’t see a repeat champion.

Bowling Green won last year’s tournament, the 100th in state history. Last year’s other finals participant, Cooper, was knocked out in the 9th Region semifinals.

Fairdale was the last team to win back-to-back tournaments, doing so in 1990 and 1991.

John Hardin 48, LaRue County 46 (5th Region finals): The Bulldogs earned their first state-tournament berth since 2013 despite giving up a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter and giving up a go-ahead bucket with 15 seconds left in the game.

Jachai Walker hit three free throws down the stretch to make the difference for John Hardin. Mickey Pearson, a St. Louis signee, led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

Fern Creek 49, Jeffersontown 48 (6th Region finals): A.J. Thomas hit two free throws — including the go-ahead shot — with 5.9 seconds left to send Fern Creek to its second straight state tournament; the Tigers had never played in the Sweet Sixteen before last year.

Oldham County 71, South Oldham 56 (8th Region finals): The Colonels won their fifth straight game to lock up their first Sweet Sixteen berth since 2012.

Campbell County 68, Scott 62 (10th Region finals): Junior Reid Jolly had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Camels to their third region title in the last five seasons.

Nelson Perrin had 19 points to lead Scott, the defending region champ and a Sweet Sixteen semifinalist last year.

Southwestern 48, Mercer County 46 (12th Region finals): Logan Dykes stripped came up with a steal and put the game-winning layup off the glass as the buzzer sounded to send Southwestern to the state tournament for the first time since 2012, which was the program’s only previous appearance.

Estill County 44, Knott County Central 40 (14th Region finals): The Engineers won their first region title in the history of their program, which dates back to the 1940-41 season according to the Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia.

Pikeville 52, Johnson Central 45 (15th Region finals): Wyatt Battaile had a game-high 23 points to lead the Panthers back to the Sweet Sixtee. It is the program’s second straight appearance at state and 11th overall in program history.

Boyd County 54, Ashland Blazer 49 (16th Region finals): The Lions won their 11th region title but first since 2000. The win means Boyd County’s boys’ and girls’ teams will play in the state tournament for the first time in the same year.

2018 postseason coverage

Here’s who made the Kentucky boys’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament

Region highlights: Mr. Basketball contenders show out as region tournaments wind down

Storybook season ends for Lexington’s last playoff contender. But what if?

‘We played stupid, but we played hard.’ Scott County survives 11th Region slugfest

11th Region championship: How LCA and Scott County match up

No school has ever swept Mr. and Miss Basketball. Will this duo make history?

Here’s who made the Kentucky girls’ Sweet Sixteen tournament

Scott County’s girls are headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in eight years.

Region highlights: State champ makes it back, No. 2 girls’ team upset

Scott County cruises into third straight 11th Region championship

Second-half surge pushes LCA into its first 11th Region championship game

Their preseason standing upset them. Now they’re one win away from state, again.

Region highlights: No. 1 team goes down, an OT buzzer-beater, UK signee goes off

Tight affair turns into runaway win for 11th Region favorite Scott County

Region highlights: Lafayette bounces back, 10th Region games go to wire

Multiple 11th Region records fall in tournament blowout

“There won't be a game in the state tournament that damn good.” History made in thriller

Bryan Station on the tough side of history but ‘The sun’s gonna come up tomorrow.’

Region highlights: Region tournament highlights: Clark County rolls into semis; Belfry wins as 4 techs called

Lexington junior gets career-high in first half of first-round rout

Region highlights: Motivated district runner-up starts game on 24-2 run

Overlooked senior might be championship coach’s ‘first pick’ in fantasy draft

Scott Co. girls open with rout; Dunbar fends off Woodford’s challenge

Region highlights: Pair of top-10 girls’ teams continue title hunt with big wins

Our guide to the 2018 postseason

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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