High School Basketball

Tates Creek, Clark County boys win in Mr. Basketball Classic

Friday night's Mr. Basketball Classic outcomes were results of inside jobs.

Tournament host and No. 7-ranked Tates Creek got 27 points, most from in close, from Marcellus Barksdale to upend Ryle 59-45 in the opener.

No. 3 Clark County got 49 points from its three-headed monster in the paint — Vinny Zollo, Corey Rogers and Travis Purvis — to subdue No. 4 Christian County 85-61.

Saturday, Elliott County faces Iroquois at 6 p.m., followed by Tates Creek vs. No. 2 Eastern.

Tates Creek 59, Ryle 45: Barksdale, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half. Overall, he hit eight field goals, including a three-pointer, and shot 10-for-13 at the free-throw line.

"We didn't shoot the ball too well. We probably shot about 38 percent," Barksdale said. "But we played real well on the defensive end, forced a few (14) turnovers."

Darius Gibson added 15 points. Ryan Fucci scored nine points but did not play in the second half.

Ryle, in its season opener, was led by Bobby Stauffer with 13 points.

The Raiders opened the game at the free-throw line because Creek's Darius Lewis drew a pre-game technical foul for hanging on the rim. Stauffer missed both free throws, though, and then misfired from the field.

Creek scored the first six points — a fast-break bucket by Gibson, a steal-and-layup by Fucci and a low-post hoop by Barksdale — and never lost the lead.

Ryle made it interesting by zoning up on defense.

"We saw about three different zones, some half-court traps," Coach Wayne Breeden said. "I'm proud of our guys. In the second week of the season, that we were able to find a way to attack them and win. We've mixed in some new guys this year and they're trying to learn their way."

Clark County 85, Christian County 61: In the season opener for both teams, the Cardinals took advantage of a team that was missing 12 players and its head coach.

The missing players, including prime-time threats Anthony Hickey and Bubba Tandy, will suit up for Saturday's Class 5A state football finals. Coach Kerry Stovall was with the football team in his role as athletic director.

Donovan Kates, a 6-5 senior, kept the Colonels hanging around. He had 33 points, including three bombs from well past the three-point line.

Nick Riley added 17 points for Christian County.

Rogers, a 6-4, 260-pounder, finished with 23 points. Zollo, a 6-9, 240-pounder, had 21. Purvis, 6-7 and 215, added five. For good measure, there also was 6-7, 180-pounder Jaylen Daniel with 21 points, including three three-pointers.

Rogers scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

"He's a tough matchup for anybody and he just bulls his way inside and forces his will on people," Coach Scott Humphrey said. "I can't imagine trying to guard that every trip down the court."

RYLE (0-1) — Mullins 4, Stinson 5, Perkins 8, Stauffer 13, Vollet 3, Mays 9, James 3.

TATES CREEK (2-0) — Gibson 15, Bradley 4, Mack 0, Fucci 9, Barksdale 27, McFarland 4.

Ryle 10 6 18 11—45

Tates Creek 13 14 19 13—59

CHRISTIAN CO. (0-1) — Lewis 8, D. Poindexter 1, Riley 17, Kates 33, A. Poindexter 2.

CLARK CO. (1-0) — Daniel 21, R. Stenzel 9, Zollo 21, Rogers 23, B. Stenzel 4, Moore 2, Purvis 5.

Christian County 14 17 16 14—61

Clark County 17 25 17 26—85

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