Siva, Franklin dominate in KOB Final

Peyton Siva came to Louisville on a mission. That mission was to dominate the competition and walk away as a champion at the 28th annual Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic. And after a grueling five day stretch his mission was accomplished on Tuesday night as Seattle Franklin was crowned champion.

Seattle Franklin High School brought a unique brand of basketball to the Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic. It was basically a 5 guard system based on read and react motion offense and multiple disciplined defensive sets. The engine of this basketball machine was future Louisville Cardinal Peyton Siva. And on Tuesday night Siva and his teammates brought home the KOB title in dominate fashion.

As the game opened neither team staked a claim early as both teams struggled against good half court defense and turnover problems. But after the Chargers center 6-10 Jordan Reves picked up his 2nd foul on the night the Quakers offense would take off. Making use of a stifling 3-2 matchup zone Franklin forced J-Town in to several bad shots and turnovers. Those turnovers led to Siva and wing Dominique Wilson getting out on the break for several layups and free throw opportunities.

Looking for a spark off the bench J-Town turned to guard Aaron Cosby. Cosby answered the bell as he entered the fray and immediately paid dividends as he got into the passing lanes for a couple of steals leading to transition buckets. Aaron is an exciting and explosive athletic talent on the basketball court. For the half Cosby lead the Chargers with 7 points, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.

Cosby's heroics would be short lived though as Franklin proved to be just too quick and too good defensively to sustain any sort of offensive flow in the game. The Chargers half court defense lacked the quickness to keep Franklin's guards from penetrating into the paint. Leading by as many 12 points and paced by Siva's 14 points Franklin was up 40 – 29 as the 2nd quarter drew to a close.

The second half would be more of the same. Franklin stayed disciplined and continued to run their offense for open layups or free throw opportunities. The team from Seattle is very well coached and make up for their lack of size with hustle and execution. J-Town would not pose any sort of threat in the 2nd half as they could never solve the Franklin zone. For the rest of the game the Chargers did not get closer than 10 points. In the end Franklin brought home the victory in dominate fashion 72 – 55. Franklin is the first out-of-state team to win the KOB since Homestead Berkshire (FL) in 1999.

For the night, as he had been all tournament long, Siva stood out as the best talent on the floor. His combination of intelligence, athleticism, defensive ability, and leadership is rare. In picking up the Bob White MVP trophy, Siva finished with 29 points (11-13 free throws), 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and a block.

Franklin also got outstanding efforts from Freddy Wilson (15 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal) and Dominique Wilson (5 points, 8 rebounds). J-Town was led by Thomas Jackson (11 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound) and Aaron Cosby (10 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound).

Tournament Awards

Bob White MVP

Peyton Siva (Seattle Franklin)

Ralph Beard Spirit Award

Chase Cox (Taylor County)

All-Tournament Team

Quintrell Thomas (Fairdale), Willie Moore (Bullitt East), Taylor Mikan (Lexington Catholic), Decardo Hayes (Male), Jordan Hickman (Bardstown), John Hansfeld (Manuel), C.J. Penny (Anderson County), John Hood (Madisonville), Drew Kelly (Franklin Centennial), Shawn Kemp Jr. (Canton Cherokee), Steven Lopez (Miami Coral Reef), Charles Hankerson (Miami Coral Reef), Antwan Wilson (J-Town), Thomas Jackson (J-Town), Dominique Wilson (Seattle Franklin), Peyton Siva (Seattle Franklin)

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