HALL OF FAME
BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bulldogs rally late to stun Tigers
February 15, 2013Bardstown High School
Up 12 in 4th, Bardstown falls 76-71 to John Hardin
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Bardstown coach James Brewer was disappointed with Friday night’s 76-71 loss to defending 5th Region champion John Hardin, but he saw signs of growth from his young team.
After a 63-54 setback to South Oldham in the season-opener, the Tigers went toe-to-toe with John Hardin and even built a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter despite playing without two starters — senior guards Marcus Cosby and Dee Yocum.
“This is only the second game,” Brewer said. “It’s not the end of the world. We played sloppy in the first game. We got better today. I know the results don’t show it, but I like how we progressed.”
In a rematch of last year’s 5th Region championship, senior guard Brandon Price spelled trouble for the Tigers. He scored 37 points in the region final and he almost matched it with a 35-point performance. Senior forward Daveon Greene had 21 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Patrick Anderson added 10 points.
Senior guard Devonte Grundy led the Tigers with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard L.J. Cowherd chipped in with 14 points.
The Bulldogs (2-1) held the lead nearly the entire third quarter until Grundy put back a missed shot with 7.8 seconds left to give Bardstown its first lead of the second half at 50-49.
After Greene made a short jumper, Grundy sparked a 14-1 run, scoring 10 points to give Bardstown a 64-52 lead with 5:08 remaining. He made a layup and then drained a three-pointer from the top of key. Sophomore guard Keanu Young drove in for a layup and then Grundy converted a three-point play and two free throws. Junior Seivon Schooling capped the run with a putback.
“We were just playing basketball,” Brewer said of the run. “We played within ourselves and we were doing what we needed to do.”
But the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure, forcing seven turnovers and holding Bardstown scoreless for the next 3:27. With the defense getting stops, Price and Anderson took over on the offensive end. The duo combined to score 23 consecutive points to turn the 12-point deficit into a 75-68 lead with 24.2 seconds left.
“We started playing helter skelter the last four minutes and that played right into their hands,” Brewer said. “We took some ill-advised shots and we didn’t take care of the basketball.”
Despite the loss, Brewer believes the Tigers can use it as a good learning experience.
“This was two good teams and a lot of great players,” Brewer said. “We need to learn to take care of the basketball and continue to progress. We’ll learn from this.”
In the first 13 minutes, the lead changed hands four times and featured five ties before the Bulldogs took control late in the second quarter.
John Hardin took a 31-30 lead after Price made a layup with 3:07 remaining before halftime. He scored his team’s final 13 points of the second quarter, including three free throws after being fouled near midcourt to give the Bulldogs a 42-38 halftime lead.
“This shows us we have a lot of things to work on,” John Hardin coach Mark Wells said. “It showed we have some mental toughness like last year after falling behind. We got ourselves in a hole but we got back out of it. You have to give Bardstown credit. They are a really good team. We have a lot of things to work on. Like last year, it’s going to take a while.”
Chuck Jones is the sports editor at The News Enterprise in Elizabethtown.