HALL OF FAME
BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers' perfection could be tested in LexCath tourney
January 8, 2014Bardstown High School
When Bardstown took the court during its visit to the prestigious Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic, it figures to be the biggest threat to the Tigers’ unblemished mark so far.
The Tigers headed into the tournament undefeated in six tries, and opened with a 60-51 win Thursday against the 4th Region’s Clinton County. The Bulldogs opened the season with nine straight wins before dropping the last two.
“I have a bunch of young players this season, but every game concerns me,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “We will have to be prepared, that’s for sure.”
In their most recent outing, the Tigers squeaked past Monroe County, 61-56, in the McDonald’s Holiday Classic at Adair County on Saturday by playing some stout defense.
The Tigers face DuPont Manual (6-2) — who Bardstown beat by 13 on Dec. 11 — at noon today. Other top teams lurking in the bracket include Scott County, Warren Central, Knott County Central, Newport Central Catholic, PRP and others.
“We will have to be ready to play in this tournament as it features some really good teams,” Brewer said. “I have a good group of guys, and with them, it could be a different person stepping up each game.”
Bardstown has been led this season by senior forward Seivon Schooling, guard L.J Cowherd and junior Keanu Young, but the Tigers have spread the wealth around well, with a handful of games where bench players topped the scoring leader column.
bench play has really been good as well,” he said. “I think Seivon will be a key player for us in this event, and we need to keep doing what were doing to be successful.”
In Thursday’s game, Schooling scored a double-double and Young contributed 12 of the team’s 60 points.
The four-day tournament concludes Monday.
“This is one of the biggest high school basketball stages to play on in Kentucky,” Brewer said. “We are looking forward to going, and representing Bardstown and our community.”