This week, both the Knott County Central and Letcher County Central boys’ basketball teams are participating in the annual eight-team WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic at the KCCHS gym in Hindman.
In the upper bracket, which began last night, Jan. 10, the Patriots played Belfry and Hazard played Harlan County.
Tonight, Jan. 11, the Cougars are scheduled to play Sheldon Clark at 6:30 p.m. Buckhorn will take on Clay County in the nightcap.
The consolation round between the first round losers will be tomorrow evening. The semifinals for the winning four teams will be on Friday.
The fifth-place game will be at 4 p.m. Saturday followed by the third-place game at 6:30 p.m. The championship game tipoff will be at 8:15 P.M.
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The visiting 1-10 Cavaliers, behind junior guard Koty Sexton, managed to hang with the Cougars early. Sexton, who finished with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, kept the Cavs within striking distance at 18-14 after the first quarter.
LCCHS, led by a big first half by senior Kendall Ballou, ran off 20 straight points to start the second quarter and the Cavaliers were never close after that — trailing 42-20 at the half and 56-24 after three quarters.
Ballou, who sat much of the second half as did most of the starters, led the 10-5 Cougars with a game-high 15 points. Sophomore Sam Robinson chipped in with 9 points while Cody Gregory and Kori Stewart added 8 points each.
Logan Johnson and Cody Sexton scored 7 points each and Trenton Whitaker added 5 points. Zane Blair tossed in 4 points while Matt Boggs and Hunter Hall wound up with two points each.
R. Potter scored eight points for the Cavs and Jordan Bentley added 6 points. Jacob Campbell tossed in 5 points and Donald Quillen 4 points. Tim Seals added two points and 8 rebounds.
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The 22nd-ranked Patriots converted 10-of-13 free throws down the stretch and 21-of-26 for the game last Thursday night in Hindman to turn back the upset-minded Cougars.
The game started late after a backboard had to be replaced, but the Cougars, behind senior guard Logan Johnson’s 9 first-quarter points, led the Patriots for much of the first half. Johnson, because of foul trouble, was limited to just a field goal the rest of the game and finished with 11 points.
LCCHS shut down the Patriots’ high-scoring freshman guard Cameron Justice, and led KCCHS 15-10 after the first quarter and 24-20 at the half.
Justice’s outside shooting led the Patriots in the second half as KCCHS tied the score at 37-37 heading into the final frame. Justice finished with a game-high 18 points — including 4 treys.
LCCHS, which finished with just one trey (by Johnson), converted 11-of-16 from the charity line — including
4 straight by senior center Kori Stewart — down the stretch. Stewart finished with a team-high 17 points. Cody Gregory chipped in with 12 points and Kendall Ballou wound up with 10 points.
The return distri c t matchup by the12-2 Patriots is scheduled for Jan. 31.
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The Cougars hosted the Battlin’ Rams Jan. 3, and 18 players broke into the scoring column — led by freshman Ethan Davis’s 11 points and sophomore Josh Owens’s 10 points.
A freely substituting LCCHS led the Rams 25-8 after the first quarter, 40-15 at the half and 67-22 after three quarters.
Sophomore Cody Sexton scored 9 points for the 9-4 Cougars. Max Hall and Zane Blair chipped in with 8 points each. Marcus Baker tossed in 7 points. Senior Kendall Ballou scored 6 points. Senior Trenton Whitaker and freshman Aaron Tackett added 5 points each. Freshman Jordan Morrow scored 4 points. Seniors Logan Johnson, Matt Boggs and Kori Stewart along with junior Cody Gregory, sophomores Sam Robinson, Chippy Frazier and Josh Boggs, as well as freshman Austin Caudill added two points each.