By: Steve Ludden
The Ballard Bruins traveled to Eastern High School for a seventh region showdown. The Bruins came ready to play jumping out to an early 8-0 lead on the inside play of Kelan Martin and Aaron Murray. After some sloppy ball handling and some run out layups, Ballard had pushed the lead up to a 17-4 first quarter advantage. The Bruins never looked back forcing 13 first half turnovers and stretching the score with Lavone Holland, Martin , and Murray combining for 30 points giving them a 42-19 lead at the break.
The second half the Eagles responded by cutting the the lead down to 13 before Quentin Snider took control. In the fourth quarter Snider went on to drop nine points in about a span of a minute to erase any doubt of the Ballard victory. Snider finished up with 19 points while Holland added 18 for Bruins. Ballard shot 55.2% for the game and forced 20 Eagles turnovers. Ballard moves to 20-6 on the season and will travel to play Jeffersontown on Monday. Eastern drops to 14-12 and ends their five game winning streak. The Eagles host a tough Scott County team on Tuesday.
Ballard (85)- Schiavone 3, K. Martin 12, Snider 19, D. Martin 1, Byrd 9, Baker 2, Dunbar 4, Holland 18, Cagging 2, Murray 15.
Eastern (65)- Hassell 3,Hill 6, Blade 17, M. Davis 3, Beattie 7, Corlew 12, Huff 10,Cambron 2, Anders 5.
By: Trinity Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Trinity advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament for the third consecutive year with a 68-44 win over Eastern.
Trinity will face Jeffersontown at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday in Bellarmine’s Knights Hall.
Senior guard and Morehead State signee Charles Foster had a game high 16 points for the Shamrocks.
The Shamrocks hit a barrage of three-point field goals in the third quarter to take control during a 17-5 run to start the third quarter. Foster hit three-of-four three-point field goals in the quarter while the team hit 6-of-8 during the third period, including a stretch of five consecutive made from behind the three-point line.
Trinity finished the game hitting 9-of-20 three-point field goals.
Trinity defeated Eastern 50-45 in the finals of the 2010 Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament.
|No. 1 Trinity||17||9||28||14||68||13-2|
Eastern (44)- Hill 3, Davis 7, Beattie 8, Corlew 14, Huff 3, Brangers 9.
Trinity (68)- Hicks 13, Foster 16, Saxton 6, Perito 8, Rice 1, Dieudonne 7 Quick 13, Owens 4.
Three-Point Field Goals- Davis, Brangers 2, Corlew, Hicks 3, Foster 3, Saxton, Quick.
Game Summary- This game got ugly early. Eastern came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and Butler came out cold. This game was over midway through the second quarter and led 37-18 at the half. The Eagles used the fast break to success and in the half court game hit their shots. For Butler Demetrius McReynolds sat the first half and only played 14 minutes scoring 14 points.
Eastern-Chris Hill hit 8/10 from the field for 21 points and added 4 assists and 4 steals. Tyrell Corlew also added 21 points with 7 rebounds. Jordan Brangers added 16 points for the Eagles.
Butler- JalenPalm had 17 points. Dominique McReynolds added 14 points in limited action.
Winning Stats- Eastern outshot Butler 53.1% to 33.9% and led by 27 late in the game.
Butler beats Eastern 73-64
|Largest Lead||EAST 41 BUT 61 (20 pts)|