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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tiger boys rout Cardinals

February 11, 2014
Bardstown High School

By Dennis George  Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Keanu Young scored 15 of his game-high 16 points in the first half to lead his Bardstown Tigers to a 76-50 win over homestanding Nelson County is a battle of 19th District foes.

The winners scored the game’s first eight points, including one of three treys in the half by Young, before a pair of three-pointers by Austin Ellis cut the gap to 10-6. Bardstown scored seven straight points before leading 21-12 at the first break.

The Cardinals able to stay within striking distance until midway through the second quarter before Bardstown closed the quarter on a 12-4 run, including a trey by Young just before the halftime horn that sent his team to the locker room with a 41-25 lead.

The second half belonged to Bardstown as they led by as many as 32 points while improving their record to 15-5, including 11 wins without a loss to 5th Region teams.

“We probably played well for about 16 minutes of a 32-minute game,” said Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer. “We got off to a good start but then we become sluggish and were just going through the motions, although you have to give Nelson County credit for getting us out of our rhythm.”

It was Bardstown’s first game in nearly a week, and Brewer said that the rust showed.

“We can come in and practice, but it’s not the same as playing games,” he said. “This is the time of year that our football players are getting into basketball shape and we just need to play some games.

Brewer gets his wish next week with four games as his team will be tested against Holy Cross on Monday and Bethlehem on Tuesday, as well as Elizabethtown and Male.

Jalen Stone scored 11 points for the Tigers while Sevion Schooling grabbed 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, to go with eight points.

“The big man was working hard on the boards,” Brewer said. “We were hitting from the outside and so we didn’t get the ball to him on the block, but we worked hard all night.”

Zech Maulden paced the Cardinals with 12 points.

Nelson County (6-15) faced North Bullitt last night and will travel to Larue County on Tuesday. The Tigers improved to 7-0 in 19th District play, while the Cardinals fell to 3-5. The teams could meet one more time in the district tournament if Nelson County, the No. 4 seed, can get past fifth-seeded Washington County in the play-in game.

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