LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The Laurel County Elementary Boys’ Basketball Tournament started with a thriller as Hunter Hills squeaked past Colony 34-30 in overtime. Hunter Hills rallied from four points down with under a minute to play to advance to play top-seeded Wyan-Pine in the second round.
Josh Powers led Hunter Hills with 14 points and Isaiah Blakely added 11. It was a pair of free throws by Powers with 41 seconds that drew Hunter Hills within 27-25. Colony got one point back on a free throw from Joshua Cochran. Cochran was the leading scorer for Colony with 11 points.
Powers then made the shot of the night on a quick drive to the basket. Powers scooped in a layup and was fouled. He made the pressure free throw with 14 seconds to tie the game 28-28.
Brayden Reed got off desperation three-pointer at the buzzer that was close.
Hunter Hills took a quick three-point lead in overtime with a free throw by Cameron Floyd and a Powers basket off of a rebound. With 49 seconds, Ryan Davidson took a rebound end to end for a layup that cut the lead to one. Hunter Hills brought the ball inbounds quickly and raced down court for a layup by Blakely. Colony would try a pair of three-pointers in the closing seconds before Blakely sealed the win with a final free throw.
Sublimity 33, Hazel Green 17
A 10-2 run by Sublimity starting in the first quarter helped the Eagles pull away from Hazel Green for a 33-17 win.
There were four lead changes in the first quarter before Sublimity got on a roll by attacking the basket. Hazel Green had just pulled within 8-7 on a layup by Blake Allen when Sublimity took off. It started with a floater from Jamison Carson and a running shot from the baseline by Dylan Dixon. A pull up jumper by Kennedy Sizemore gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead.
After a basket by Hazel Green’s Brady Roberts, Sublimity closed out the half with scores by Sizemore and Jacob Steele for an 18-9 lead.
Sublimity outscored Hazel Green 11-4 in the third quarter to push the lead to 16 points. Four different players scored in the quarter, which was typical of the game for the Eagles. Sublimity’s balanced scoring attack for the night was led by eight points each from Dixon and Steele. Blake Allen led Hazel Green with six points.
Sublimity will play No. 2 seed Bush in the second round of the tournament.
London 32, East Bernstadt 28
No. 11 seed East Bernstadt gave No. 6 seed London all it wanted in their first round matchup with late three-pointers making the final seconds tense.
It was a game of streaks beginning with an 8-0 run by East Bernstadt to open the game with the four baskets coming from four different players. London answered with an 8-0 run. A free throw by Micah Steely tied the score 8-8. East Bernstadt regained the lead on a baseline jumper by Lucas Binder. Jon McCowan scored for a 12-8 lead.
A drive by Steely had London back within 12-10, but a quick drive by Augie Storm gave East Bernstadt a 14-10 lead at the half.
It would be another London spurt to start the second half. The 11-0 run started with six straight points from Steely for a 16-14 lead for the Tigers. A Steely assist to Caden Jones capped the 11-0 run for a 21-14 advantage.
Next it was East Bernstadt’s turn to rally. A Braden Adams layup with 33 seconds in the third quarter had East Bernstadt back to within 21-19.
The Tigers pulled back on top 30-21 late in the fourth quarter, but East Bernstadt wasn’t done yet. Adams sank a three-pointer with 1:22. After Jones scored on a put back for London, McCowan pulled East Bernstadt within five points on another three-pointer with 25 seconds. The rally would end there for East Bernstadt. London advances to face Cold Hill in the second round.
Steely led London with 13 points. Adams led East Bernstadt with eight points.
Camp Ground 32, Keavy 17
Camp Ground rolled into the second round with a convincing win over Keavy. They took advantage of turnovers to score the game’s first six points. After Austin Strickland broke the ice with a basket for Keavy, Campground ended the first quarter on an 8-3 run for a 14-3 lead. Chase Keen scored seven points in the first quarter for Campground.
Jackson Rush scored on a putback to open the second quarter for a 16-3 advantage. Keavy trailed 21-7 at the half and was only able to cut one point from that lead in the third quarter.
Keen led Campground with 11 points and Trevor Williams scored eight. Ethan McNew scored nine points to lead Campground. Campground will play Johnson in the tournament’s second round.
Hazel Green 22, Hunter Hills 5
HAZEL GREEN (22)—Burkhart 9, Bruner 3, Casey 8, Cathers 2.
HUNTER HILLS (5)—Lewis 2, Sulfridge 1, Combs 2.
Cold Hill 15, Keavy 12
COLD HILL (15)—Brock 1, Davis 2, Johnson 4, Neal 4, Rollins 2, Vigeant 2.
KEAVY (12)—Smith 7, Martin 5.
Colony 31, London 13
LONDON (13)—Robinson 9. K. Smith 2, H. Smith 1, Rice 1.
COLONY (31)—Blair 5, Bruner 8, Edwards 14, Scalf 2, Tyree 2.