Apollo 71, Roman Catholic (PA) 56
Third Place Bracket
Elizabethtown 62, Warren Central 55
Eastern 70, Ballard 62
Fifth Place Bracket
Fairdale 63, Bay (FL) 50
They don't have the best athletes, there's no high school all-americans on the bench and they probably don't have a player on the roster you've ever heard of. But Owensboro (KY) Apollo just knocked off Philadelphia Roman Catholic Monday night to claim its second consecutive King of the Bluegrass championship.
Last year, the hot shooting Eagles beat defending state champion Mason County and Kentucky Mr. Basketball frontrunner Chris Lofton in an overtime thriller to claim the 2002 KOB. This time around, they defeated MVP Charron Fisher and the Cahillites 71-56 to take the hardwear back to western Kentucky.
Wilbert Reeves, Ballard, 6'5 Forward, 2005 - Reeves is clearly one of the more talented underclassmen in the city of Louisville. Reeves uses his athleticism to get most of his work done in the lane. A lefty, Reeves slashed his way for 22 points and 9 rebounds on 10/18 shooting from the floor. Needs to gain strength to finish better around the rim.
Ra'von Lee, Ballard, 6'4 Forward, 2005 - Lee is coming off an injury and played limited minutes for the Bruins on Monday. But it's clear he's vital to his teams success. Without him on the floor, the Bruins trailed 16-0. When he played it was 33-30 at the break. He's likes to use his hops around the basket to score and rebound and showed a nice baseline fadeaway jumper from 10 feet. 11 points, 8 rebounds vs. Louisville Eastern.
Maurice Grinter, Fairdale, 6'3 Forward, 2005 - The son of former Southern Mississippi guard Maurice Morris, Grinter is a man child in the paint for Lloyd Gardner's Bulldogs. Grinter is efficient, plays extremely hard, dives for loose balls and scores all his points around the hoop. 22 points, 11 rebounds on 10/12 shooting from the field vs. Bay (Fl).
Lonnell DeWalt, Warren Central (KY), 6'6 Forward, 2004 - One of the best athletes in the state played with high energy and battled on the boards against Elizabethtown. He doesn't score much outside 10 feet and sometimes forces the action, evidenced by his six turnovers. Finished with 8 points, and 10 rebounds.
Travis Johnson, Apollo, 6'4 Guard, 2004 - When he gets his feet set, he's on par with the best shooters the state of Kentucky has to offer. And despite his thin build, Johnson isn't afraid to stick his nose in traffic and defend and rebound. But it's his shooting that standouts and he has to rank as the top marksman at the KOB. Led Apollo to the title with 24 points, and 7 rebounds on 6/9 shooting from beyond the arch.
Charron Fisher, Roman Catholic, 6'4 Forward, 2004 - Niagra picked up a nice player with this guy. At 265 pounds, Fisher displayed surpising nimbleness and athleticism. His spin move and jumper on the break was freakish for a guy with his size. Fisher played well all week long and clearly earned MVP honors. 21 and 13 in the title game loss.
Johonne Hamilton, Ballard, 6'2 Guard, 2007 - He's just a freshman, but he's already getting major clock on one of the state premier teams. He's poised, a nice left handed stroke to 20 feet and handles pressure well for such a young player. Knocked in two trey's and found the right players on the break more times than not. Certainly one of the best freshman in the city of Louisville. 6 points, 3 assists vs. Louisville Eastern.
NEWS AND NOTES
Western Kentucky is interested in Grinter and has already had him on campus for an unofficial visit this fall...Louisville also had him on campus for an unofficial but for football...Lonnell DeWalt still says he's undecided about his college of choice....Louisville's football staff is on him hard as is Rich Brook's and Kentucky...Western Kentucky and Auburn are interested in DeWalt on the hardwood....Curtis Pulley, a junior who made the all-tournament team from Hopkinsville, is one of the top football prospects in the Kentucky...He's a virtual lock for the Wildcats next season....Though he didn't play at the KOB, an updated list for Chris Lofton would look something like this..UAB, Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma, N.C. State and Western Kentucky
2003 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED
Charron Fisher-MVP (Roman Catholic), Malik Perry (Roman Catholic), Bob Jordan (Roman Catholic), Richard Long (Apollo), Ryne Mantooth (Apollo), Travis Johnson (Apollo), Robert Broughton (Elizabethtown), Kyle Martin (Elizabethtown), Maurice Grinter (Fairdale), Josh Thompson (Fairdale), Lonnell Dewalt (Warren Central), Brock Whitney (Warren Central), Darnell Dialls (Lafayette), Corey Rasberry (Bay), Ricky Bodiford (Eastern), Curtis Pulley (Hopkinsville).
Special thanks to all the folks at the King of the Bluegrass, including Lloyd Gardner and Matt Denison for hosting such a great event.