RACELAND The NBA’s all-star weekend is still several weekends away, but two high school basketball teams might have provided an early glimpse at the 3-point shootout on Saturday night.
Raceland and Fairview combined to hit 21 3-point field goals in the Rams’ 70-56 win over the Eagles in the final game of the opening round of the 16th Region All “A” Classic.
Early, it looked like Raceland might run away with the game thanks to the shooting of sophomore Kyle Broughton.
Broughton drained five first-quarter 3s and scored 17 points in the period to push the Rams ahead 21-10 after one.
‘We were moving the ball and we were getting good looks, and he was knocking them down,” Raceland coach Bob Trimble said. “We went up 21-7, and then we started trying to do everything on our own instead of continuing to move the ball and hit the open guy.”
Fairview chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter thanks to six 3-pointers, with three coming from Terrick Smith and two off the hands of Jaxon Manning.
“I thought our guys did a really good job of finding the hot man,” Eagles coach Brett Cooksey said. “We talked about it that every game someone else is going to step up, but I just thought they played for each other tonight.”
Smith finished with a game-high 27 points with six made triples.
“All the guys screened really well for him and Jaxon Manning did a good job of finding him,” Cooksey said. “We’ve had that other ways where Terrick finds him. We’re just going to continue to keep improving, and we’re a young team so these seniors will lead us.”
Fairview, which had once trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, rallied to cut the halftime deficit to six. The Eagles trailed 38-32 entering the break.
“Intensity-wise, give them a lot of credit because they kept fighting,” Trimble said. “We jumped out to that big lead and they stormed right back, their two guards got really hot and they made it a ball game the rest of the night.”
The Eagles cut the deficit to one at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter after two Jay Ferguson free throws, but the Rams responded with an 11-2 run of their own.
In the second half, both Andrew Floyd and Kirk Pence got going for the Rams.
Pence scored 11 of his 20 total points in the third quarter, and Floyd chipped in 12 of his 20 points in the second half of play.
Austin Cumpton also hit double figures, posting 10 points for Raceland.
Manning finished with 12 for Fairview (3-11). The Eagles had seven different players score in the game.
Next up for Raceland (11-2) is a rematch with Elliott County in the All “A” region semifinals on Tuesday night. The Rams edged the Lions 64-49 on Dec. 10.
RACELAND 21 17 18 14 — 70
FAIRVIEW 10 22 14 10 — 56
Raceland (70) — Floyd 20, Pence 20, Broughton 17, Cumpton 10, Lewis 2, Stephens 1. 3-Pt. FG: 10 (Broughton 5, Floyd 3, Pence 2). FT: 10-17. Fouls: 6.
Fairview (56) — Te. Smith 27, Manning 12, Crooks 5, Ferguson 4, Elswick 3, Ta. Smith 3, Caldwell 2. 3-Pt. FG: 11 (Te. Smith 7, Manning 2, Crooks 1, Ta. Smith 1). FT: 8-8. Fouls: 17.