Friday evening at Louisville Gardens, PRP knocked off rival Fairdale in the semifinals of regional action. Spillman, PRP's 5-foot-10 point guard scored 15 points and 6-foot-4 sophomore Vincent Crutcher finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Directed by Coach Mabrey right before the start of the second half to ‘go to war,' that's exactly what the Panthers did, trapping, rebounding and taking it to the Bulldogs in transition.
It's been five years since Mabrey and the Panthers played in Lexington, but with a win Saturday against DeSales, who came from behind Friday afternoon to knock off Central, PRP will not only capture the Sixth Region title but also make a return to the big time.
After a great season last year that saw the Panthers come up just short of the state tournament, Farley says he and teammates have all the motivation they'll need Saturday against the Colts.
"We want it more than you'll ever know," Farley said. "It's been a long time since PRP has been to state and we're here to end that draught."
Farley, who signed with the University of Louisville last fall, scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds despite foul trouble throughout much of the game. He made 3-5 field goals and 1-2 free throws in a solid performance.
"It was a total team effort," Farley said. "From the coaches, to the players, the bench and our fans, we just really wanted it a lot."
Farley, who said he's grown half an inch, continues to show signs of his improvement on the court. He's still working at being strong with the ball in the post, and continues to learn how to feel the defense on the block and turn the proper direction away from pressure. But his rebounding is clearly improved and his post moves are becoming a bigger part of his offensive reporatier.
"That's my biggest improvement this season…my rebounding," Farley said, adding that additional strength was the primary reason for his improved play on the boards.
And a win Saturday, PRP's talented inside-out duo will take their show back to the state tournament.
Future teammates battle
While they'll team together next season on the gridiron for U of L, Trinity's Brian Brohm and Fern Creek's Mario Urrutia went head to head last night for the right to advance to the Seventh Region final Saturday night against Male.
In the end, Brohm outscored Urrutia, 12-10, and helped lead the Rocks to a surprising 65-40 whipping over the Tigers.
Colts, Bulldogs advance
DeSales and Male also advanced to tonight's finals. The Colt's will face PRP, while Male, who knocked off Ballard, will play Trinity.
Photo: Andrea Hughes