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December 27, 2013

OLBH Classic: Great Greenup escape

Trio of area teams move into semis

LLOYD — Greenup County and Hancock County saved the best for last in the nightcap of the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Holiday Classic.

The Musketeers and Hornets took each other's best punches, but Greenup County prevailed, 68-64, in double overtime in a great atmosphere on Thursday night at the Greenhouse.

Greenup County has been in several close games this year. The Musketeers have played in five straight games decided by eight or fewer points, including two games that went to overtime.

Greenup County coach Harold Tackett will take this win against a quality opponent.

“We played a good team tonight in Hancock County,” Tackett said. “They came in here 4-0 for a reason. They beat some really good teams.”

Free throws were the story down the stretch. Hancock County missed several from the line in the late stages of the game, including a 2-of-8 mark in the final minutes of the first overtime. The Hornets were unable to separate themselves from the Musketeers.

Both teams shot a combined 74 free throws but connected on only 33.

The Musketeers’ defense forced 22 Hornet turnovers and Tackett says it was needed to jumpstart his team.

“We really mixed it up tonight (on defense) from full-court to half-court traps,” Tackett said. “That is the way we need to play to get ourselves going. It seems to make them play a little

harder.”

Robbie Dillion struggled with his shot for most of the game, but stepped up when it counted with nine big points in the overtime periods. He finished with 24 points and earned Player of The Game honors.

“Robbie can do that because he is a quality player,” Tackett said of his senior guard. “He has been in a bit of a funk the last two or three games.

“I have always had confidence in him. He is too good of a player not to come out of it.”

Jair Jackson posted another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Johnson and Jherrell Jackson were also in double figures with 10 apiece.

Hancock County (4-1) also had three players in double figures. Jake Ogle led the way with 22. Brendan Howton has 14 and Kolton Keown contributed 13.

With the win, Greenup County (3-6) moves on to the semifinals to face Elliott County today at 3. Hancock County plays Frankfort at noon in the consolation bracket.

Elliott Co. 60

Frankfort 49

Logan Nickell scored early and often for Elliott County in the opening game of the tournament.

The senior guard had his team’s first seven points on his way to a total of 29 to lead the Lions to a victory over Frankfort in the Greenhouse.

“We have been asking Logan to stay aggressive,” Elliott County coach Greg Adkins said. “Especially with his dribble by looking to get to the basket.

“When he is going, everything clicks a little better for us.”

Landon Griffith also reached double figures for the Lions with 13 points, seven straight during a 17-6 run bridging the first and second quarters.

Elliott County (8-3) held the lead for much of the game but could not pull away from the pesky Panthers.

Jalen Washington cut the Lion lead to six on a scoring drive with two minutes left, but Elliott connected from the free-throw line in the final moments to get the victory.

“We made good decisions down the stretch,” Adkins said. “We made some free throws when we had to.”

While Elliott County faces Greneup County, Frankfort (2-9) competes in the consolation bracket at noon today.

East Carter 58

Model 56

East Carter continued its impressive holiday tournament run on Thursday afternoon.

The Raiders’ offense came alive in the final quarter to overcome a double-digit deficit to defeat a gritty Model (7-2) team.

The Raiders were down 44-33 entering the fourth period but connected on five 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.

Connor Greene led East Carter with 22 points. Cameron Sparks tallied 13 points, including a big corner 3 to give the Raiders their first lead, at 58-56, since early in the second stanza.

Cole Brammer also had 13 points and hit two from long distance to spark the East Carter comeback.

The Raiders have now won five straight games, including a championship at the Derby Classic last week in Raceland.

East Carter (6-4) advances to the semifinals against Woodford County today at 4:30. Model plays Fairview at 1.

Woodford Co. 68

Fairview 46

Woodford County scored the first 24 points of the game as it cruised to a 68-46 win over Fairview in the opening round.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4) were led by Samuel Souers with a game-high 23 points. Grayson Graf chipped in with 10.

Fairview (1-5) got another strong performance from Andrew Carroll. The senior led the Eagles with 19 points.

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