Farley, PRP fall in LIT

6'10 Terrance Farley and PRP dropped a close one Wednesday night in the second round of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Complete report plus news and notes.

Seneca 49, Fairdale 38
Fern Creek 70, Jefferstown 58
DeSales 51, Butler 45
Eastern 50, Pleasure Ridge Park 49

6'10 Terrance Farley and Pleasure Ridge Park, coming off last Saturday's exciting game against Sebastian Telfair and Brooklyn Lincoln High, fell on a last second shot to Eastern High Wednesday night when 6'2 Jermaine Bentley hit a short baseline jumper for a 50-49 Eagles victory.

Farley finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. He showed a new and improved drop step into lane, mostly from the left block and even finished once with a nice right hand hook. He attacked the offensive glass for four first half boards but got in foul trouble in the third quarter and had to sit during the second half.

Farley's stat line was; 5-8 field goals, 2-4 free throws.

But Eastern did a good job neutralizing Farley, and got solid performances from Rick Bodiford, Jermaine Bentley, and Robert Buckner.

JuJuan Spillman, who played well against Lincoln, struggled with his shooting, particularly from inside the arch where he went 0-9. Despite his shooting woes, Spillman connected on three treys and his two free throws with under 30 seconds to play gave PRP a one point lead.

TOP PERFORMERS

Dathon Martin, 6'7, Seneca - Martin, a senior for Tony Branch's RedHawks, was active on the glass against Fairdale, particularly at the offensive end and scored on two first half putbacks.

Josh Thompson, 5'2, Fairdale - Despite his diminutive stature, the Bulldogs sophomore point guard kept them in the game against Seneca, nailing four three pointers to finish with 14 points.

Domonic Tilford, 5'11, Jeffersontown - Tilford, ranked among ITV's top eight players in the city, showed improved decision making against Fern Creek. He ran the team efficiently, sported an improved stroke and took care of the ball. He still needs to show better court awareness and judgement in certain situations but his ability to get in the lane and score is obvious, evidenced by his 18 points. He'll stay in the top eight because of his performance today.

Kyle Reed, 6'5, DeSales - This kid can shoot! Drained four three pointers from every angle and finished with 13 points to lead the Colts past the Butler Bears.

Rick Bodiford, 6'4, Eastern - He's Eastern's best player and gets most of his work done around the hoop. He's also a hard nosed competitor whom his teammates look to in tough situations. Comes up with tough rebounds and battled Farley all night.

OBSERVATIONS AND NOTES

  • Fern Creek's Brandon Hambey is expected to return to action in a week or two. The 6'5 forward tore his ACL last month.
  • Mario Urrutia's coach doesn't know where his center will attend college but a Kentucky assistant coach was in the building for the 6'6 two-sport standout.
  • Fairdale's Maurice Grinter struggled offensively against constant double teamming and finished with just eight points in a loss.
  • Despite losing Rajon Rondo, Eastern is a very solid ball club. So why are they so good despite losing their talented point guard? Not only do they have one of the better seniors in the city in Bentley, and one of the best juniors in Bodiford, but they also have perhaps the top sophomore in town in Buckner.
  • Speaking of Buckner, he just looks like he's going to bea good one. He doesn't get rattled when pressured, can slash and score, has a nice handle and feel for the game and knocks down the open three. And at 6'1, Buckner looks like he might grow to be an athletic 6'3 prospect down the road.

  • Cardinal Authority Top Stories