King of Bluegrass: Round 2

The second round of the King of the Bluegrass saw Henderson County, Rockcastle County, Graves County, Pleasure Ridge Park, Trinity, and Owensboro Catholic in action at Fairdale.

The second round of the King of the Bluegrass pitted several Kentucky teams against a few national squads. Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL, faced off against Henderson County, while Our Savior New America of Long Island, NY took on Rockcastle County.

Henderson County vs. Miami Senior(Miami, OH) The first game on Friday featured some stellar athletes capable of putting on quite a show. Miami Senior features two standout sophomores in Edwin Rios and Jorge Rubio. Henderson County's backcourt of Darius Haygan and Zack Davis looked to prove that they deserve some accolades as well.

Henderson County took an early lead behind outstanding shooting from the outside. The long range bombing from Davis and Haygan was only open thanks to great ball movement and outstanding interior play.

Miami Senior was led by Rios with 20 points. Rios, considered one of the top sophomore in the country by, scored using a variety of ways. Rubio has perhaps one of the prettiest strokes out there and once the ball left his hands, it seemed to always find the bottom of the net. Rios missed a 30-foot jumper to tie the ballgame at the end of regulation and Henderson County pulled off the upset, 56-53.

Davis finished with 11 points, while Haygan led the Colonels with 17 on 3 of 5 shooting from behind the arc.

Rockcastle County vs. Our Savior(Long Island, NY)

Our Savior brought incredible athleticism and outstanding strength to the gymnasium Friday night, beating Rockcastle County, 68-55.

Behind six first quarter three pointers, Rockcastle County took a 22-9 lead into the second. The Rockets were led by Senior point guard, Aaron Cash, and Junior forward Jaymes MacCowan. MacCowan scored in bunches, pouring in 20 points, including 2 of 4 on threes. Cash sought to take the game over early taking six straight shots for the Rockets, scoring 19 points on the night.

The fourth quarter would be the deciding factor in this ballgame as the shallow bench of Rockcastle County doomed the Rockets. Our Savior's superior athletes took over and outran the Rockets. The Pioneers were led by Junior point guard Daye Kaba, who scored 21 points. Complementing Kaba was his backcourt buddy, Junior Timmy Ambrose, who chipped in 17, with most coming on fast breaks in the last frame. Our Savior also features an absolute brute in the middle by the name of James Tchana, who has signed on to play with Fresno State next year.

Pleasure Ridge Park vs. Graves County

The fast paced, in your face defense of PRP just outmatched and outplayed a Graves County squad. Graves County was led by Junior point guard Zach Sims and Sims had his hands full with the full court pressure PRP brought. Sims finished the game 4-14 shooting, 14 points, and a depressing nine turnovers.

The outcome of this game was never in doubt as JaJuan Spillman and Jazz Neal took over early combining for 34 points and six tri-fectas. PRP completely destroyed Graves County, 76-55, behind 28 forced turnovers.

Trinity vs. Owensboro Catholic

If there were ever two teams that mimiced each other, these two did. Both had great inside play with the ability to move the offense out to the perimeter.

Trinity used great ball movement and solid weakside defense to outlast Owensboro Catholic, 51-45. The Shamrocks were led by Senior point guard Zach Berry, who scored 11 points and dished out 4 assists. The Shamrocks also feature an improved big man in Charlie Gonzalez, who scored eight points and corraled 7 rebounds.

The Aces got a stellar performance from Andrew Howard, who seemed to be everywhere on the court and doing everything in his power to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. Howard led the Aces with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.

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