High School Basketball

Traditional Bank Holiday Classic: Boyle County fends off pesky Bryan Station

Boyle County's Colton Elkins got a face full of net as he went baseline for a dunk against Bryan Station on Dec. 26, 2014.
Boyle County's Colton Elkins got a face full of net as he went baseline for a dunk against Bryan Station on Dec. 26, 2014. Herald-Leader

Boyle County had a few shaky moments against Bryan Station's pressure defense, but it was clutch down the stretch and posted a 59-54 victory Friday night in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

"I liked the way we competed," Boyle County Coach Steve Adams said. "This is the first time we've seen man-to-man in forever, and we didn't handle it real well. But we made two big defensive plays inside the last two minutes that kind of saved us."

Bryan Station trailed by 11 early in the second half before rallying to go up 45-43 early in the fourth quarter.

But Boyle County answered with a 6-0 run, with Zach Leigh, Jeremiah Bell and Hagen Tyler getting baskets to put the Rebels up 49-45.

Bryan Station pulled to within one four times in the last five minutes, but never could regain the lead.

Tyler, a 6-foot-1 senior, led Boyle County with 21 points and seven rebounds. He had only five points at halftime.

"He's too nice a kid," Adams said. "Sometimes he needs to make me take him out for shooting too much."

Bell, a 6-0 senior point guard, had 18 points, 12 coming in the first half.

"He's got a little bit of a swag," Adams said. "Sometimes we need to calm him down a little bit, but he did a good job handling the ball."

Colton Elkins, a 6-6 junior, had four dunks, 10 points and five rebounds for the Rebels, who advance to play defending state champion Covington Catholic on Saturday.

Bryan Station was led by Andre Davis' 15 points. C.J. Walker had 13 points. Tequan Claitt contributed 11 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Lexington Catholic 90, Betsy Layne 57: The Knights showed no signs of jet lag after returning from Hawaii a few days ago. They blew out to a 28-6 first-quarter lead and left Betsy Layne in their vapor trail.

Tanner Johnson led Lexington Catholic with 25 points, 20 coming in the first half. J.J. Ogbogu had 13 points and Seth Cambron 11 off the bench.

The Knights led 54-24 at the half after hitting nine of 15 threes. They finished 15 of 24 from long range, led by Johnson (4-for-7) and Cambron (3-for-3). Overall, Lexington Catholic shot 69 percent (35 of 51).

There was a mercy-rule running clock in the opening minute of the second half.

Lako Daniels had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Betsy Layne.

Oldham Co. 65, Aiken (Ohio) 60: Jacob Bates got his first start of the season and made the most of it. The 6-5 junior had 23 points and six rebounds for the Colonels.

"He's skilled and has a great feel for the game," Coach Coy Zerhusen said. "His teammates did a good job getting him the ball in scoring spots.

"He knows he has to get better defensively and rebounding, but he's not afraid of the big stage."

Connor Hicks had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for Oldham County, which ran its record to 10-1.

"We're playing unselfishly and playing hard, and that takes care of a lot of mistakes," Zerhusen said.

Carlik Jones had 19 points for Aiken.

Central 64, Simon Kenton 61: Dai'Von Thompson had 28 points, including a three-point play with 1:09 left and two free throws with :12 left, to lead Central to victory.

"He can be a very, very special player," Coach Doug Bibby said. "But like I tell him, 'You can play basketball great, but are you a great basketball player?' It's about doing all the little things that make the big things happen."

Central's defense forced Simon Kenton into 18 turnovers and converted them into 20 points. "With us, it all starts on the defensive end," Bibby said.

Central was efficient on offense, too. The Jackets shot 68 percent (26 of 38).

Devin Firman had 12 points for the winners. Brandon Wells added seven points and four assists.

Simon Kenton was led by Jaeger Pracht's 17 points and Noah Robinson's 12.

The Pioneers shot 79 percent (15 of 19) in the first half, but they made 12 turnovers and trailed 36-34. They shot 36 percent (9 of 25) in the second half.

Boyle Co. 59, Bryan Station 54

BOYLE CO. (8-1) Tyler 21, Bell 18, Elkins 10, Bean 8, Leigh 2.

BRYAN STATION (7-2) Davis 15, Dishman 9, Walker 13, Claitt 11, Dunn 2, Caldwell 2, Owsley 2.

Boyle Co. 14 12 15 18—59

Bryan Station 9 10 22 13—54

Lexington Catholic 90, Betsy Layne 57

BETSY LAYNE (6-3) Daniels 22, Case 13, Akers 2, Maldonado 13, Rogers 5, Layne 2.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (7-4) Johnson 25, Griffin 10, Ryan 5, Boothe 2, Talbott 4, Morris 10, Cambron 11, Price 3, Ogbogu 13, Scott 2, McCauley 2, Lundergan 3.

Betsy Layne 6 18 25 8—57

Lexington Catholic 28 26 22 14—90

Central 64, Simon Kenton 61

SIMON KENTON (6-4) Pracht 17, Robinson 12, Mullins 9, Fries 9, Sammons 3, Cottrell 8, Walker 3.

CENTRAL (5-2) Thompson 28, Firman 12, Johnson 7, Davis 3, Wells 7, Gober 4, Gaines 3.

Simon Kenton 23 11 13 14—61

Central 22 14 11 17—64

Oldham Co. 65, Aiken (Ohio) 60

AIKEN (OHIO) (5-2) Jones 19, Berry 12, Harris 12, Gordon 9, Brown-Hogan 3, Griffin 1, Horne 4.

OLDHAM CO.(10-1) Bates 23, McLarty 5, Taylor 7, Hawes 5, Hicks 10, Johnson 9, Eldridge 2, Job 4.

Aiken (Ohio) 13 11 15 21—60

Oldham Co. 13 15 15 22—65

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