Apollo 65, Mason County 61 (OT)
Hill 71, Miami Senior 68 Third
End 53, Hopkinsville 51 Fourth Place Game
60, North Hardin 45 Fifth Place
So you like underdogs? Well, you should have been at the King of the Bluegrass Classic last week to see Apollo High School upset the entire field to claim the championship of the 2002 KOB. To win the title, unranked Apollo defeated host Fairdale, Male, Rose Hill and Mason County, the latter are three of the state of Kentucky's top teams on consecutive nights. It certainly was an impressive showing from the Eagles and they'll be a team to remember come tournament time.
Saturday nights championship went to overtime as Mason County star and University of Louisville target (and heavy lean) Chris Lofton nailed a 25 foot three pointer with only 6 seconds left to force the extra frame. However, Apollo proved too much for the Royals and prevailed 75-71 behind Ryan Kizer's 24 points and 15 rebounds. Lofton finished with 14 points.
Mason County's Chris Lofton was named MVP of the King of the Bluegrass Classic after scoring 108 in four games and leading the Royals to the finals.
Inside theVille's Top Players at the KOB
#1 Chris Lofton –
How can you deny this guy the number one ranking. He scored 108 points for a 27 ppg average against very good competition and displayed the sweetest three point stroke I've seen in quite awhile. His four game KOB scoring average was higher than current NBA players Qyntel Woods, Derek Anderson, and Allan Houston. That's good enough for me!
#2 O.J. Mayo – Rose Hill
15 year old sensation sells tickets and creates excitement every time he takes the floor. That alone justifies this ranking. However, it's his maturity, scoring ability and leadership that helped Rose Hill to a third place finish.
# 3 Rajon Rondo – Louisville Eastern
There's no denying Rondo's talent. He doesn't have the supporting cast to accomplish team goals but he's clearly one of the top junior point guards in the nation. He scores and distributes with the best.
#4 Arron Afflalo – Compton Centennial
Big, athletic guard can score and shoot the three. He's a big time prospect in the class of 2004.
#5 Jerald Minnis – Miami Senior
Impressed all week with his athletic ability and work on the boards. Ran the court and scored well around the basket.
#6 Glenn Miles – West End
Big combo guard with lots of skill and athleticism. He's one of the top players in the junior class nationally.
#7 Sean Booker – Louisville Ballard
ITV's #1 senior in the city of Louisville played well all week, scoring from inside and out. He's a good athlete and is not afraid to hit the boards and battle inside. He has a good handle and does it all for the Bruins. He just needs to get stronger and develop a consistent three point shot. A solid mid major prospect.
#8 Bill Walker – Rose Hill
Athletic, 6'4 freshman made quite an impression with his poise, athleticism, and ability to shoot the ball. He can score in the post and knock down the three. He looks like he'll grow to be 6'7 –6'8 and has a game reminiscent of another Walker, the Celtics Antoine that is!
#9 Quel Ferguson – Miami Senior
7'0 showed some flashes with his soft touch inside the paint. Needs to add strength and gain experience to reach potential.
#10 Justin Taylor – Lexington Tates Creek
6'2 guard was one of the best athletes at the KOB. Taylor attended Coach Pitino's basketball camp last summer and played well. He jumps out of the gym and is a good scorer. Need to further develop his ball handling and shooting skills. He's one of the top juniors in the state of Kentucky.
Shooter – Chris Lofton, Mason County
Athlete – Jerald Minnis, Miami Senior, Justin Taylor, Lexington Tates Creek
passer – Rajon Rondo, Louisville Eastern
exciting – O.J. Mayo, Rose Hill
Senior – Jerald Minnis, Miami Senior
Junior – Chris Lofton, Mason County
Sophomore – Ravon Lee, Ballard
Freshman – Bill Walker, Rose Hill
Eighth Grader – O.J. Mayo, Rose Hill
Award – University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino for being at both
Thursday and Friday nights action
– Greg Baughn, Apollo, Kelly Wells, Mason County
– Rose Hill against Ballard