LIT Day 2: Rondo, Farley standout
Male 68, Iroquois 70
Eastern 66, Trinity 46
PRP 74, Doss 52
Ballard 65, St. X 62
Iroquois holds off Male in 2 OT's
The Raiders led throughout in what was a low scoring affair at the LIT's opening game Wednesday. However, Male closed the gap late in the second half and made things interesting. With just under 30 second to go in regulation, Iroquois hit a basket in the lane to take a two point lead on the Bulldogs.
Michael Bush then brought the ball up the court and went 1 on 1 on the left side of the lane. Bush missed the first attempt, a spinning move in the lane, grabbed his own rebound and missed the put back. Casey Shumate tipped the ball up on the board but the errant tap went out of bounds under the basket and remained in Male's possession.
With only 1.2 seconds on the clock, the bulldogs inbounded under their own basket to Bush who sank a 14 foot jumper from the left wing with no time remaining on the clock to send the game to OT.
The two teams traded baskets in the 1st OT with Iroquois taking a 2 point lead until Male hit a jumper from the right baseline with 2 seconds on the clock to force a second OT.
Once again, the teams traded baskets for most of the 2 OT period until Terrence Walker hit two free throws to tie the game at 68. Seconds later, 5'7 Chesimon Jones made 1 of 2 free throws to put the Raiders ahead 69-68.
Iroquois then stopped Male at the other end and Terrence Walker made 1-2 free throws to put the Raiders ahead 70-68 with 8.1 seconds remaining.
Male inbounded to Bush who raced into the front court but lost control of the ball as Male retained possession of the alternate possession.
With only .9 on the clock, Male inbounded to Bush who missed an open three of f a curl screen that would have won the game for the Bulldogs.
Iroquois will face Warren Central in the quarterfinals of the LIT at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Rondo leads Eastern past Trinity
In the second game of the Republic Bank LIT, Eastern squared off against east end rival Trinity.
Eastern jumped out to an early lead on the Rocks behind a quick, trapping defense and some timely three point shooting from 6'3 senior guard Shane Thomas.
The Eagles built on a 18-10 first quarter lead behind the scoring of junior guard Rajon Rondo who scored 14 first half points in helping the Eagles take a 31-20 halftime lead.
Then the game fell apart for the Rocks in the third quarter as the Eagles turned up the defensive pressure and frustrated the Rocks into turnovers and bad shots.
Rondo made a spectacular steal and dunk with 3:46 remaining in the third to put the Eagles ahead 44-26. A few minutes later, Rondo drained a deep three from the left corner as time expired in the third quarter to put the Eagles ahead by a comfortable 55-34 margin.
And the Eagles didn't let up on the Rocks in the final period either. Eastern poured it on the Rocks and rolled to a convincing 66-46 victory to advance to the quarterfinals of the LIT.
For the game, Rondo finished with 27 points on 11-16 shooting, including 2-4 from the three point line. He also had 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist.
5'11 sophomore point guard Zach Berry was impressive for the Rocks with his poise, ball handling and shooting ability. Berry has to rank among the better sophomore point guards in Jefferson County.
All America quarterback Brian Brohm had 4 points for the the Rocks.
Eastern plays Elizabethtown at 7:00 Friday in the LIT quarterfinals.
PRP opens LIT with whipping of Doss
In the third game of the Republic Bank LIT the PRP Panthers took on south end rival Doss.
The game was a track meet from the opening tip and despite a huge advantage talent wise the Panthers only led 31-22 at the break.
6'10 junior center Terrence Farley was once again plagued by early foul trouble, picking up 2 fouls in the first 4:26 of the game. Forced to sit the rest of the first quarter and a large portion of the second, Doss was able to keep the game respectable in the first half of action.
Then PRP and Farley went to work in the second half.
In typical Panther fashion, PRP turned up its patented full court pressure defense and forced the Dragons into numerous turnovers that resulted in easy points at the other end. PRP led 50-38 after three quarters and never looked back.
The Panthers put the Dragons away early and pulled away for a 74-52 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the LIT Friday night against Daviess County.
Farley, ITV's #1 junior center in Jefferson County, had an impressive double-double outing despite playing limited minutes in the first half because of the early foul trouble. He finished with 12 points on 4-7 shooting from the field and nailed all 4 free throw attempts. Farley also pulled down 13 rebounds, several of which came at the offensive end and blocked 5 of Doss' shots.
Also of note, ITV's #1 sophomore point guard in Jefferson County, JuJuan Spillman scored 7 points, dished out 3 assists and had 2 steals.
St. X and Ballard battle
With Head Coach Chris Renner serving a one game suspension for being ejected the previous game, Ballard squared off against east end rival St. X.
The Bruins and Tigers went up and down the court in the LIT nightcap that resulted in an entertaining 1st quarter that ended with the Tigers ahead 18-14.
Both teams continued the torrid pace into the second quarter and traded baskets for the first six minutes of action in the second frame. Then during the last two minutes of the half, the Tigers were able to exploit Ballard's 1-2-2 full court press to score uncontested layup in taking a 35-31 lead at halftime.
With 6'4 sophomore forward RaVon Lee on the bench with foul trouble to begin the second half, St. X took advantage, attacking inside and out and opened a nine point lead at 46-37 three minutes into the third quarter.
Lee entered the game with five minutes left in the third and stabilized the Bruins. Playing with more confidence, Ballard cut the Tigers lead to three at 51-48 on senior Sean Booker's steal and layup with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started with a frenetic and heated pace as the Tigers held a slim one point lead at 51-50 with 5:57 until Sherman Gully hit two free throws to give Ballard its first lead of the second half at 52-51. Both teams traded baskets for the next four minutes. Still up one, 61-60, Ballard's Sean Booker hit 1-2 free throws to give the Bruins a 62-60 lead with 1:11 remaining.
St. X tied the game at 62 with 46 seconds left. Ballard then held the ball and called timeout with 10 seconds to go. Out of the timeout, the Bruins worked the ball around for an open look and found Jordan Whitaker alone at the key where he drained the game winning thr