Greetings from your Tuesday — what??!! — Morning Point Guard.
Those who choose to be kind might call this a fashionably late appearance. Others might properly label it a clear shot clock violation by the PG.
I’m a day late because of an extended weekend trip to Washington, D.C. I was there for a wedding, but of course I took in some of the popular sites our nation’s capital has to offer.
One experience, in particular, involved sports, so I’ll tell you about that one.
On Friday, my wife and I rode the metro for the first time — an interesting experience — and braved the frigid air as we strolled some of the streets in D.C.
That evening, we had dinner at a tapas bar. If you’re reading this aloud, you probably just got the attention of everyone in the room. Assure them, it’s not a topless bar, but a tapas bar. Then again, if you’re reading this aloud to an audience, there may be larger issues to address. I digress...
La Tasca, a Spanish restaurant, requires some research before knowing how and/or what to order.
Afterward, my wife and I stepped across the street and into the Verizon Center, where we took in the Washington Wizards-Toronto Raptors game.
I was an NBA first-timer, so I was already looking forward to tipoff because of that. Plus, former Kentucky player John Wall is obviously the star of the Wizards, so I certainly was excited to see him play again.
Then, much to my pleasant surprise, there were two substitutions just a few minutes into the game. Former Wildcats Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes checked in for the Raptors. I had completely forgotten that they had been traded from Sacramento.
Yes, that’s a little embarrassing for a sports editor, but I’m over that.
We couldn’t stick around for all four quarters because we had to return to Alexandria, Va., where the wedding was, to catch the free trolley back to the hotel before it stopped running its route.
The perfect departing moment landed in our laps.
Just like George Costanza, who mastered the art of leaving a room on a high note in the Seinfeld episode “The Burning,” we exited in style — with the help of the Big Blue trio.
The All-UK play:
-Hayes missed a shot from the foul line, the ball glanced off of Patterson’s hands, Wall proceeded to prevent the ball from going out of bounds with a between-the-legs save, Patterson retrieved the ball and boom! Two points.
At that point, even with 2:47 left in the third quarter, I got up and said, “That’s it! We’re outta here! It can’t get any better than that!”
Half a Dime
Guess I’m a day late and five cents short.
-Saturday turned out to be a nailbiting night in area boys basketball. Boyd County’s Bobby Anderson lifted the Lions past Rowan County with a jumper in the final seconds and Raceland’s Tyler Morris hit a buzzer beater to help the Rams beat Fairview.
-Are you a believer that Boyd County’s boys are better than their record yet? The PG tried to tell you! The Lions, with that win over the Vikings, are beginning to hit their stride.
-The Kittens got their revenge quickly, huh? As much as beating Boyd County just two weeks after falling to its rival might give them a significant boost, there is still probably at least one meeting to go — in the 64th District tournament — and maybe another. They’ve met in the 16th Region finals in each of the last three years.
-East Carter’s girls might have something to say about that, though. The Lady Raiders beat Glasgow to continue its torrid start, the best in program history.
-Ashland’s boys stay atop the PG’s northeastern Kentucky rankings this week. The Tomcats poured it on Scott with strong play all the way around. Tyler Stewart, Ross Thompson and Steven Friley are proving themselves as a solid senior trio for the ’Cats to lean on.
1. Ashland (8-3)
2. Johnson Central (6-5)
3. Fleming County (8-5)
4. Lawrence County (8-4)
5. Boyd County (6-7)
6. Rowan County (7-6)
7. East Carter (7-5)
Look who’s knocking (next two in): Greenup County, Elliott County.
1. East Carter (13-1)
2. Ashland (7-3)
3. Boyd County (7-4)
4. Bath County (8-2)
5. Lewis County (6-6)
6. Russell (10-3)
7. Fleming County (7-5)
Look who’s knocking (next two in): Johnson Central, Greenup County.
Even the freezing temperatures can’t cool Rose Hill’s Cameron Thomas. The senior notched another 30-point game, this time against Lynn Camp last Monday.
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Klemme on Board
Zack Klemme is our new full-time sports writer. He spent the last 2 1/2 years as the sports editor at The (Maysville) Ledger Independent, so many of you might already be familiar with his work.
We are happy to have him on board and you’ll be seeing him out and about soon enough!
Watch the Show!
Check out “Mid-week Sports Shop Talk,” a new local sports talk show that will be livestreamed at greenupbeacon.com, and later posted at dailyindependent.com, every Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Yours truly will be a regular anchor. Hank Bond, of the Greenup Beacon, will produce the half-hour show, which will focus mostly on local high school and college sports, but will also incorporate a good deal of variety.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.
Greetings from your Tuesday — what??!! — Morning Point Guard.
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When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
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Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
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The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
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Henderson County, playing on its home floor, defeated University Heights 67-54. The Lady Colonels went unbeaten in their region this season and are 24-5 overall.
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