LIT Day 1: Rondo, Urritia and Hamby standout
Eastern 47, Moore 36
Iroquois 54, Fern Creek 52
St. X 66, Butler 50
Doss 58, DeSales 49
Rajon Rondo leads Eastern past Moore in the LIT
In the first game of the Republic Bank/Coca Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament, the Eastern Eagles and junior Rajon Rondo went up against Coach Larry Moore's Moore Mustangs.
Eastern dominated early and jumped out to a 19-2 lead early in the second quarter using a tenacious full press and a superior effort on the boards.
Moore settled down though as the second quarter wore on and got back in the game, cutting Eastern's lead to 31-14 at halftime.
Eastern's junior point guard Rajon Rondo played well in the first half, forcing tempo early and helping put the Eagles in control of the game from the opening tipoff.
In the first half, Rondo had 9 points and 4 steals in leading the Eagles to a big early lead.
Moore came out of the locker room and fought hard on the boards and cut the Eagles 17 point half time lead to nine at 41- 30 at the end of three quarters.
However, the Mustangs could get no closer in the 4th quarter and Eastern cruised to a 47 - 36 opening round win in the LIT.
Rondo finished the game with 17 points on 5-16 shooting from the field (1-2 from three point line) and hit 6-11 free throws. Rajon snagged 3 rebounds, had one assist and made 6 steals against the Mustangs.
Rondo had several highlights in the game, including a one-handed, backdoor, ally-oop jam, and a steal and a breakaway dunk to end the first half.
The Eagles play Trinity at 4:30 tomorrow in the second round of the LIT at the Gardens at Louisville.
Iroquois edges Fern Creek despite strong efforts from Urritia and Hamby
In the second game of the Republic Bank/ Coca Cola LIT, two extremely athletic teams, Fern Creek and Iroquois squared off.
Fern Creek , led by two talented juniors, 6'7 forward Mario Urritia and 6'5 swingman Brandon Hamby jumped out to a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Urritia was quite impressive in the first half, scoring 8 points on 4-4 shooting, pulled down 8 rebounds and blocked 2 shots, one of which he forcefully pinned on the backboard to stop an Iroquois fast break.
In the second quarter, the Raiders used its full court pressure defense to speed up the tempo and took a 26-19 lead to halftime over the Fern Creek Tigers.
The second half was close throughout as talented Fern Creek junior's Mario Urritia and Brandon Hamby played well to cut into the Raiders seven point half time lead.
Trailing 50-46 with just 3:00 left in the game, Fern Creek went on a 6-2 mini run to tie the game at 52 with just under one minute left in the game.
Iroquois then inbounded the ball, pushed it into the frontcourt, then held the ball out front until 6'0 Terrence Walker drove the left side of the lane drawing contact and a foul that sent him to the line for two free throws.
Walker made both attempts to put the Raiders ahead for good, 54-52.
The Tigers had one final chance to tie but missed a short layup attempt as the buzzer sounded.
Urritia finished with 16 points on 8-13 shooting, pulled down 11 rebounds and had 8 blocked shots for the Tigers.
Hamby pitched in 18 points and 6'3 junior Melvin Beasley led Iroquois with 16.
Iroquois will face the Male Bulldogs at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
ITV Top 5 Players from Day One
1. Rajon Rondo, Eastern
2. Mario Urritia, Fern Creek
3. Brandon Hamby, Fern Creek
4. Melvin Beasley, Iroquois
5. Torey Meagher, St. X