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BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Bardstown v. John, Bethlehem v. Caverna in QFs

February 27, 2013
Bardstown High School

Tourney starts Monday at Hart County

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

MUNFORDVILLE — Bardstown is guaranteed a third straight year of facing off with John Hardin in the 5th Region tournament when the teams pair off Monday at Hart County High School.

The Tigers (23-9) drew the 17th District champ Bulldogs at Saturday morning's 5th Region draw meeting. The teams will tip off at 8 p.m. Eastern time Monday. The teams met two years ago in the first round, a game won by Bardstown on the way to the region title. Last year they met in the 5th Region championship, with John Hardin (25-3) prevailing. The Bulldogs won the regular-season meeting between the two in December, coming back from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to claim a 76-71 win at Bardstown.

Bethlehem (25-5), the 19th District champ, gets a first-round date with 18th District runner-up Caverna (17-13) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Eagles and Colonels met last month in the 5th Region All A Classic, with Bethlehem notching a 58-39 win.

Should Bardstown get the win over John Hardin, they would face the winner of Monday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal matchup between 18th District champ LaRue County (20-7) and 20th District runner-up Adair County (18-12).

If Bethlehem gets past Caverna, they would face the winner of Tuesday’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal pitting 17th District runner-up North Hardin (22-8) against 20th District champ Taylor County (16-12).

Semifinals are set for 6 and 8:45 p.m., but the gym will not be cleared between games. The 5th Region championship tips off at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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