HALL OF FAME
Tigers whip Commanders; to face Eagles in Saturday's championship
February 28, 2012Bardstown High School
Host Bardstown hammered Washington County with a big 14-0 third-quarter run to seize control in a 73-50 win in the first round of the 19th District tournament Thursday.
“We started out really slow, but you’ve got to give credit to Washington County. They came out and really fought hard,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “In the second half we turned the intensity up.”
Junior Devonte Grundy had no problem getting off to a hot start, scoring the first seven points of the game for the Tigers on his way to a game-high 21 points with five three-pointers. He said he was taking what the defense gave him, and he tried to keep his teammates involved.
“I just kept shooting the ball and kept feeding the ball to the post, and try to get other people open too,” Grundy said.
Bardstown (22-9) claimed a 14-2 lead in the first quarter before the Commanders (7-22) got a pair of three-pointers from Trae Abell and Thomas Pettus to cut the Tigers’ lead to six after one quarter. Bardstown again pushed the lead to double digits in the second quarter on threes from Marcus Cosby and Grundy, but again the Commanders roared back.
The Tigers led 25-12 with 3:30 remaining in the half when Pettus scored five straight points to get the lead back under 10 points. Following a Bardstown turnover late in the half, Pettus drove to the basket and hit Abell for a wide-open basket in the paint to cut the lead to five — 27-22 — heading into halftime.
Grundy said his coach’s message to the team in the locker room at the half was to execute better on defense, and on the glass.
“He just told us we needed to step our defense up. We needed to switch off screens and everything like that,” Grundy said. “We weren’t rebounding the ball in the first half.”
The Tigers responded by scoring the first 14 points of the second half, and outscoring the Commanders 24-5 in the third quarter. Bardstown forced Washington County to turn the ball over on each of its first four possessions in the quarter, and got threes from Anthony Myrks, Jordan Brewer and Grundy as part of the run.
After leading 51-27 entering the fourth quarter, the Bardstown lead hit 30 points with six minutes remaining on Grundy’s final three of the night, and the Tigers coasted to a 23-point victory, with the bench logging the bulk of the fourth-quarter minutes.
The Tiger coach commended Grundy on his big night, and said he had no shortage of players step up Thursday.
“Devonte had a great night. He ended up with (21) points and Jordan ended up with 15,” Brewer said. “(Myrks) controlled the game really well in the second half and (Cody) Ramos did a great job in the paint of controlling the middle. We played well tonight.”
Next up for Bardstown will be its fourth meeting of the season with district one-seed Bethlehem (22-4) — the Tigers won two of the previous three meetings — in Saturday’s 7 p.m. district championship.
Brewer said his team will be ready when they take the court Saturday looking to claim their fourth district title in five seasons.
“We’ve just got to go out and play our game,” he said. “We’re playing at home, so we just need to go out and play hard, play together and play solid defense, and may the best team win.”
Courtesy of Brandon Mattingly and the Kentucky Standard