LEXINGTON (AP) — Trent Gilbert scored 30 points to lead Scott County to a 77-66 win over Fleming County on Wednesday in the first round of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament.
The Cardinals (33-3), the 11th Region champions, advance to the finals and will play the Campbell County-Johnson County winner in the quarterfinals Friday.
Gilbert made three of his four 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the third frame. Gilbert sank a trey at the buzzer to cap his third-quarter performance and concluded his impressive outing with a breakway layup as time expired.
Raekwon Long, a 7-foot-1 center, added double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Scott County.
Troy Steward scored 15 points in the second half and led the Panthers, the Region 16 winner, with 20 points. Brady Saunders followed with 14 points and Darion Burns added 12 for Fleming County.
Johnson Central 58, Campbell Co. 56
Dalton Adkins scored on a driving layup with 4.6 seconds remaining to lift Johnson Central to a 58-56 win over Campbell County on Wednesday night in the first round of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.
The Golden Eagles (26-6) overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and increased their winning streak to 14 games. Johnson Central, the 15th Region champion, plays Scott County in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Cardinals defeated Fleming County 77-66 Wednesday.
The Camels (21-9) had a chance to tie or win in the closing seconds but failed to get off a shot at the buzzer.
Kyle Gullett led the Golden Eagles with 22 points and nine rebounds. Truman Salyer followed with 15 points. Johnson Central had 11 blocks, led by Shane Hall with five.
The Camels, the 10th Region winner, got 18 points from Corey Holbrook and 16 points each from Deandre Jackson and Matt Wilson. Wilson added 21 rebounds to complement a double-double.
Hopkinsville 83, South Oldham 62
Tra Edwards scored 30 points to lead Hopkinsville to an 83-62 win over South Oldham Wednesday in the first round of the Kentucky boys Sweet Sixteen state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.
The Tigers (31-2) will play the winner of the Trinity-Owensboro game in the quarterfinals at noon Friday. Hopkinsville, the Region 2 winner, won its 18th straight game.
Quan Poindexter followed Edwards with 19 points and Demarius Henry added 15.
Edwards scored 18 points and Henry added 12 in the first half — all in the first quarter. Henry sank four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes.
The Dragons (22-5), the Region 8 champion, pulled within five points twice in the second quarter but couldn’t get any closer as Hopkinsville pulled away in the second half.
Kyle Young led South Oldham with 15 points. Jonathan Blair had 14 and Michael Griffin and Drew Greenwood chipped in with 11 each.
Lou. Trinity 55, Owensboro 41
Craig Owens scored 13 points to lead Louisville Trinity to a 55-41 win over Owensboro Wednesday in the first round of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.
The Shamrocks (30-5), the Region 7 winner and state champion in 2012, used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to gain control and lead the rest of the way.
Trinity will play Hopkinsvile in the quarterfinals at noon Friday. The Tigers defeated South Oldham 83-62 in the first Wednesday game.
Trey Ivory and Jax Levitch followed Owens with 10 points each for the Shamrocks, who led by 18 in the third quarter and scored 28 points in the post.
Owensboro (21-11), winner of the 3rd Region, was led by Darion Morrow with 13 points. Jaylin Kelly followed with 12 and Justin Miller scored 11 for the Red Devils.