For The Beacon
If Ashland makes a run toward a perfect regular season, this will be a week the Tomcats to reflect upon.
Wins over defending state champion Trinity, a blowout of Russell followed by closing out the week with a win over Boyd County that resulted in a suspended game Saturday night.
Colin Porter led the Tomcats to a 50-43 win over the Shamrocks at Transylvania University. Ethan Sellars added 12. Cole Villers finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ashland fell to Trinity 60-30 last year in the second round of the Sweet 16.
Ashland torched the nets from downtown in a 70-30 rout of Russell, going 17 of 35 from the arc. Sellars led the way with 22 points including six 3s. Villers added 18 points including four more triples. Ethan Hudson netted 12. Justin Bradley had 10.
As if everyone had not seen everything possible in an Ashland Boyd County affair, Saturday night may have taken the cake. With 1:04 to play in the third, play was suspended until Sunday afternoon after game officials deemed the floor unsafe for play due to high humidity inside the building causing a slick playing surface. Ashland led 49-31 at the time after a 17-0 run to start the half blew the game wide-open.
Boyd County pulled to within eight at the halfway point of the fourth, but Porter proved to be way too much down the stretch. The freshman finished with a game high 22 points while dropping 17 in the final 8 minutes. He had all but 3 of the Tomcats points in the fourth. Villers chipped in 13 points and Hunter Gillum had 12.
Ashland is idle until Saturday when the Tomcats travel to Mason County to open a six-game round trip.
Boyd County had a 2-1 week with wins over Fleming County and Rose Hill before suffering a tough loss at Ashland.
Four players finished in double figures with Blake Stewart’s 16 besting Boyd County’s 81-42 win over Fleming County. Carson Webb had 14. Brad Newsome and JB Walter each added 13.
Stewart’s double-double (22-14) led Boyd County to an 88-48 blowout over Rose Hill. Jason Ellis had 16 off the bench. Newsome added 15 points. Walter and Webb each went 3 of 4 from the arc with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Boyd County led only once at Ashland, 3-0 after Stewart opened the game with a triple. The Lions pulled to within one several times before the break but failed to get any closer. A disastrous 17-0 run by the Tomcats while holding the Lions scoreless for 6:44 of the half led to a 71-60 shortcoming in their first district tilt with the rival.
Stewart had 19 points. Austin Gibbs netted 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Newsome had 10.
Boyd County visits Greenup County Tuesday, welcomes Johnson Central on Thursday and Spring Valley, WV on Saturday.
A good week of shooting by Terrick Smith was not enough for Fairview to find a win this week. The Eagles fell at Menifee County, 71-49 and to Raceland, 70-56 in the opening round of the All “A” Classic.
Jaxon Manning had 14 points in the loss to Menifee County. Smith was 4 of 5 from downtown and finished with 12. Cody Caldwell rounded out double-digit scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Smith’s 27 points on seven 3-pointers was not enough to pull the Eagles past the Rams. Manning had 12.
Fairview welcomes Russell Friday and Green, Ohio on Saturday.
ROSE HILL 2-10
Rose Hill suffered a pair of losses this week, falling to Boyd County and Bath County.
Kenny Wilburn’s double-double (18-12) could not spark an upset over Boyd County as the Royals fell 88-48. Stephan Barker had 15.
Rose Hill fell to Bath County, 79-53 in the opening round of the All “A” Classic on Saturday. Wilburn recorded his second double-double (23-11) of the week and Tate Sawyers drained four from behind the arc and finished with 16 points.
Rose Hill welcomes Portsmouth on Saturday.
Russell felt like it let a crucial district tilt slip through its fingers Tuesday night with Greenup County. Leading by as many as 11 in the first half, the Red Devils could not find a way to slow down the Musketeers comeback as they fell 58-55.
Brady Bell had 14 points. Charlie Jachimczuk added 13. Charlie Bechtel had 10 points in limited time off the bench. Russell had six of its 13 turnovers in the final quarter, with three coming in the final minute of play.
Against the Tomcats, the basket was the Red Devils enemy. Russell failed to have a player score in double figures. Jachimczuk’s nine points led the way. Russell trailed 43-13 at the break and fell 70-30. Russell was 0 of 6 from long range and collected only 14 rebounds.
Russell visits Lewis County on Tuesday and Fairview on Friday.
GREENUP COUNTY 12-3
Greenup County had only 11 wins last season. After a perfect week, the Musketeers grabbed their 12th of the season, including a key district win.
Greenup County used a resilient comeback effort to get past Russell 58-55 after trailing by 11 in the first half. Rod Dryden sparked the Musketeers’ comeback with a powerful dunk back of a Brady Nelson jumper in the third quarter but did not stop there. The towering senior scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half while grabbing 14 rebounds for another double-double. Nelson had 22.
Greenup County scored a school record 109 points Friday night in a 109-45 win over St. Joseph-Altercrest, OH. Nelson led the way with 22 points while scoring his 1,000th career point. Dryden added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Trenton Hannah had 10. All 15 Greenup County players that saw the floor, scored.
The Musketeers welcomed Green, OH for the inaugural Mike Scott Classic and walked away with a 77-42 win. Dryden had 24 points and 15 rebounds including a coast-to-coast breakaway for a tomahawk jam to end the third. Nelson kicked in 15. Brady Burchett had 12 including being named game MVP.
Greenup County welcomes Boyd County on Tuesday, visits Lewis County on Friday to begin the second rotation of district games and travels to St. Joe Central, WV on Saturday.
A pair of Raceland wins continues a solid start for the Rams this season. Raceland secured a tough fought 58-52 win over Lewis County in Vanceburg. Austin Cumpton had 20 points and 13 rebounds while going 8 of 12 from the field. Kirk Pence had 12. Gunnur Lewis added 11.
Raceland defeated Fairview 70-56 in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. Kyle Broughton connected on 5 treys and scored all of his 17 points in the first quarter as the Rams jumped out to a 21-10 after one. Andrew Floyd and Kirk Pence paced Raceland with 20 points each.
Raceland battles Elliott County in the semifinals of the All “A” Classic. The Rams defeated the Lions 64-49 earlier this season.