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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers get the job done against Cardinals

February 21, 2013
Bardstown High School

By Darren George

Bardstown remained perfect in district play Friday, taking care of visiting Nelson County 71-58 to split the girls/boys doubleheader.

<div class="source">Lori Haines</div><div class="image-desc">Nelson County's Zach Maulden drives against Bardstown's L.J. Cowherd, but the Tigers had the final say in a 71-58 win.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>

It was a slow and sluggish start for the Tigers, as the Cards came out strong to lead 10-5 early on.

Nelson County was firing on all cylinders when senior guard Ryan Bell (12 points) knifed to the basket for a quick layup.

Tiger forward Marcus Cosby knocked down a three to keep his squad close as the first quarter ended 13-10 in favor of the Cards (7-15).

“They weren’t focused at all to start the game. It wasn’t nothing to get tense about, it happens after a tough loss in the All A Classic, then a tough win against Bethlehem,” Tigers coach James “Boo” Brewer said.

Cosby once again rallied from behind the arc to start the second period, hitting on another three-point basket — he tallied four treys for the game and finished with 14 points.

Bardstown (21-6) went on a 6-0 run with 6:14 remaining before halftime, claiming its first lead at 14-13 and never trailing again.

Nelson County guard Tyler Reynolds and center Jesse Crume helped keep the Cards afloat with buckets in the second.

“We came out with intensity in the first quarter, but they just turned it around and sped it up,” Crume said.

The Tigers turned up the defense and held the Cards to only seven points in the second period and went into halftime leading 34-20.

Cosby picked up where he left off as the third quarter began with another trey, along with Devonte Grundy, who had 29 points in the contest.

“I felt I played pretty good out there. I just stayed focused and did what I had to do. But we played as a team. I just wanna see us win,” Grundy said.

Tiger guard Dee Yocum connected with his only field goal, a three-pointer near the end of the period as Bardstown owned a 59-35 lead at the end of three quarters of play.

In all, the Tigers connected on 11 three-point baskets for the game.

“We can shoot the ball,” Brewer said. “I don’t think we shoot it enough, some people think we do, and some people don’t but we get some good open shots from our sets and we just got to hit a lot more. I thought Devonte had a good game. He is a great player and so hard to guard.”

The Cardinals outscored the Tigers in the final three minutes of play to win the fourth quarter (23-12), but it wasn’t enough.

“It was a good win for us, the guys just came out and played well. We made a good run and our defense turned it up a little bit,” Brewer said.

The Tigers finish 8-0 in district play and will be on the road at Elizabethtown.

Nelson County falls to 2-6 in the district and will face LaRue County Tuesday at home for a 7:30 p.m. in the back end of a girls/boys doubleheader.

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