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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers hit century mark

February 15, 2013
Bardstown High School

By Darren George

In an evening where crowns were handed out, the Bardstown Tigers proved they were kings of the scoreboard Friday as they lit up Thomas Nelson 106-75.

<div class="source">Bruce Nichols/Contributing Photographer</div><div class="image-desc">Mason Flechler puts up a shot for Thomas Nelson against Bardstown's Seivon Schooling.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>
Bruce Nichols/Contributing Photographer
Mason Flechler puts up a shot for Thomas Nelson against Bardstown's Seivon Schooling.
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Bardstown (12-4) came out with tenacious pressing defense and sprinted to an early 18-8 lead with 2:36 remaining in the first period.

“We’re getting a whole better on defense. L.J. (Cowherd) is improving a lot, and we played some really great defense the first half,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said.

The early run was tilted by a nice dunk by senior Devonte Grundy (23 points), then on the next possession, teammate Marcus Crosby (15 points) added a three-point field goal off the right wing. Guard Tavon Johnson (20 points) added another field goal from just beyond the foul line as the run ended the first quarter with Bardstown up 25-12.

“Well, when we went on the fast break, they gave me the ball and I dunked it home. It felt really good, it was a crazy district game,” Grundy said.

It was in the second frame where Bardstown turned up the intensity as Dee Yocum knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 5:57 remaining in the first half, making it a 31-18 advantage.

“We have some really good shooters, and if you give them daylight, they’re going to knock ‘em down. I thought we lost focus in the forth quarter, but we re-gained our focus and came out with the win,” Brewer said.

Thomas Nelson (2-17) did manage to find the basket before intermission, as eighth-grader A.J. Youngman drove the lane to lay in two of his game-high 34 points.

But, it was the Tigers who kept their pace on offense before the break as Cosby hit a three at the buzzer to give Bardstown the halftime lead 55-37.

“This was my first game against them (Thomas Nelson) and I knew we had to work hard. We had to learn from our mistakes in our first game against them and I just wanted to help my team,” Cosby said.

The Tigers’ Seivon Schooling (eight points) hit two quick layups with 3:58 to go in the third to swell the lead to 66-42, and Bardstown poured it on from there.

Thomas Nelson also got 20 points from guard Cameron Morgeson.

The Tigers’ 106 points is the most for Bardstown since a 102-50 blowout of Washington County in January 2011. Bardstown improved to 5-0 to stay atop the pack in the 19th District seeding race. They’ll be visiting Campbellsville on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in first-round play in the 5th Region All A Classic.

“They’re really good at what they do, they’re a really good ball club. Right now, they’re the best team I’ve seen around here and they’re very good at what they do,” Generals coach Jim Youngman said.

Thomas Nelson fell to 0-6 in district play and will host Nelson County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a girls/boys doubleheader.

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