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November 18, 2013

Looking out for No. 2

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Bush and Johnson boys battled for the No. 2 spot in the Laurel County Elementary League Tuesday with the Blue Devils holding on for a hard-fought 33-29 win. Unbeaten Wyan-Pine Grove appears destined for the No. 1 seed in next week’s Elementary Tournament, but Johnson, Bush, and Cold Hill all had an eye on the No. 2 seed. Cold Hill will play at Bush Tuesday in the game that will probably decide the seeding.

The Bush-Johnson showdown was close throughout, although the Blue Devils never trailed. The game’s only tie was at 2-2 on an inside basket by Conner McKeehan. McKeehan would lead all scorers with 18 points.

After the early tie, the Blue Devils reeled off eight straight points. Clay Sizemore played a big role in the Bush scoring spurt. After Will Hellard banked in a shot, Sizemore made a pair of free throws. Sizemore then set up Tate Cunnigan with a long assist. Sizemore made it a 10-2 lead with a jumper just inside the three-point line. Sizemore led the Blue Devils with 16 points.

McKeehan rallied Johnson with back-to-back baskets on offensive rebounds. A free throw by Tristan Hall made it a 10-7 game with 4:10 in the half. The Bush defense would tighten and allow just one free throw the remainder of the half. The Blue Devils led 16-8 at halftime.

Johnson got as close as 18-14 in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Andrew Italiano. Sizemore led Bush back to an eight-point lead. It was a Cunnagin basket on an assist from Hellard that gave the Blue Devils a 26-18 lead with 1:30 in the third quarter. The Eagles answered with a drive by McKeehan. Cody Gilbert used a head fake to find driving room on the baseline to pull Johnson within 26-22. Bush led 28-22 after three quarters.

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