SEC Semifinal: Kentucky 79 Alabama 74

Kentucky vs. Alabama – Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals
March 11, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: TBA

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 79, Alabama 74

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won 10 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 28-5 overall.
• Alabama is 19-14 overall.
• Kentucky leads the series 110-37 and has won eight in a row vs. the Crimson Tide.
o Earlier this season, UK defeated Alabama, 67-58, in Tuscaloosa.
o UK is 15-2 vs. Alabama in the tourney, including 6-0 in semifinal games.
• Next for the Wildcats: on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon EDT in Nashville), UK takes on Arkansas.
o This season vs. Arkansas: on Jan. 7, UK won 97-71 in Lexington.
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#1 Union College squeaks by 83-82, advances to NAIA quarterfinals

No. 1 Union Escapes with 83-82 Win, Advances to Quarters

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Tyrone Sherman scored on a driving layup with 13.0 seconds left, and top-seeded Union College held strong defensively as time expired to escape with the 83-82 victory over No. 5 seed College of Idaho in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Friday.

The Bulldogs (32-3 overall) advance to the quarterfinal round for the first time in program history as they extend their win streak to 30 games.

“Is it over?,” said head coach Kevin Burton following the game. “You quite possibly saw the two best teams in this tournament. If not the two best, certainly two of the best. I’m super proud of our guys with the way they battled. It was dripping off of them how badly they wanted to win.

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SEC Tournament: Kentucky 71 Georgia 60

Kentucky vs. Georgia – Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals
March 10, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: TBA

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 71, Georgia 60

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won nine in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 27-5 overall.
• Georgia is 19-14 overall.
• Kentucky leads the series 124-26 and has won nine in a row vs. the Bulldogs.
o Earlier this season, UK defeated Georgia 90-81 (OT) in Lexington and 82-77 in Athens.
o UK leads Georgia 11-1 in SEC Tournament games.
• Next for the Wildcats: on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST (noon EST in Nashville) UK takes on Alabama.
o This season vs. Alabama: on Feb. 11, UK won 67-58 in Tuscaloosa.

In the First Half
• Kentucky’s starting lineup featured De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis.
o Kentucky improved to 6-0 with this lineup.
o After coming off the bench the previous seven games, Willis has started three in a row.
o Adebayo is the only Wildcat to have started all 32 games of the season this year.
• Tied at 2, Kentucky grabbed the lead with an 8-0 run and led the rest of the game.
o The spurt began with a 3-pointer by Willis, extending UK’s streak of 1,007 games with at least one successful long ball.
• UK eventually stretched the lead to 13 on two occasions. With the Wildcats ahead 27-14, but three starters on the bench because of foul trouble, Georgia closed the half on an 11-5 run to make it 32-25 at intermission.

In the Second Half
• Kentucky got the first six points of the second half, matching its then-biggest lead at 38-25, and UK led by double digits the rest of the way.
o The Wildcats gradually pulled away thanks primarily to a strong defensive effort. In the first eight minutes of the second half, Georgia was only 1-7 from the field, had four turnovers and five total points.
• With UK ahead 50-32 midway through the second half, Georgia’s shooting eye sharpened. The Bulldogs pulled within 10 points on multiple occasions in the last two minutes, but got no closer.

Team Notes
• Kentucky held Georgia to 60 points.
o UK is 18-0 this season when limiting the opponent to 72 or fewer points.
o UK is 144-5 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
• Georgia shot 33.3 percent from the field. UK is 16-0 this season when limiting the opponent to less than 43 percent.
• The rebounding was tied today at 42 each. Kentucky won or tied the rebounding battle for the ninth straight game – coinciding with the nine-game win streak.
o UK has outrebounded opponents by 8.4 boards per game during the current nine-game win streak.
• Kentucky had fewer turnovers than Georgia, 13-10, but UK capitalized 18-2 in points off turnovers.
• UK had 20-20 vision on offense, as Briscoe and Fox each tallied 20 points.
o The last time that happened was Feb. 7, when Briscoe and Wenyen Gabriel had 23 each vs. LSU.
• Calipari has a 689-192 (.782) on-court record, including a 244-52 (.824) mark at UK.
• UK is now 211-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10 points.

In the SEC Tournament
• UK is 128-25 (.837) all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 42-12 (.778) in the quarterfinals.
• UK is 11-1 vs. Georgia in the tourney.
• Looking ahead to Saturday, Kentucky is 40-2 (.952) in SEC Tournament semifinal games.

Player Notes
• Freshman Bam Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the year.
• He is averaging 10.6 rebounds over the last seven games.
• Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 20 points, his eighth 20-point game of the season, but his first since Jan. 17 vs. Mississippi State. He also paced the Wildcats today with four assists.
• Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 20 points and once again stalked the backboards with six rebounds.
• It is his sixth 20-point game of the season and his first since a 23-point effort vs. Georgia on Jan. 31.
• He has averaged 7.3 rebounds over the last 13 games.
• Senior Derek Willis didn’t have a big scoring night with seven points, but he led the Wildcats in rebounding with 11 and he also had a season-high four blocked shots.
• After not blocking a shot for eight straight games, Willis has totaled 10 rejections over the last three games.
• Senior Dominique Hawkins had five points, all coming on free throws. He displayed a dogged defensive effort during his 23 minutes and came up with a pair of steals.

Lady Railsplitters earn rematch with Wingate in NCAA regional semifinals

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The No. 13/20 and third-seeded Lincoln Memorial University women’s basketball team has one game down and five more to go. After defeating Clayton State 87-58 in the NCAA Southeast Regional Quarterfinals on Friday. They now advance to face Wingate in the semifinal at 5 p.m. Saturday.

LMU is currently 27-4 overall. They are currently ranked 13th in the WBCA/USA Today NCAA Division II Coaches Poll and 20th in the final D2SIDA National Media Poll.
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St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls State Tournament: George Rogers Clark 81 Harlan 63

Harlan’s fast start not enough as George Rogers Clark roars back to slay the Lady Dragons in state tournament play. Here’s the box score from the game and an updated state tournament bracket.

13th Region Boys Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Academic Team

Recognizes players that are seniors and have a GPA of 3.5 or better

Dalton Callebs Bell County HS
Ethan Gambrel Bell County HS
Victor Morris Bell County HS
Jordan Smith Bell County HS

Logan Gabbard Clay County HS
Trevor Sams Clay County HS
Will Sexton Clay County HS

Tanner Barnes Corbin HS
Connor Hopkins Corbin HS
Zach Maquet Corbin HS
Sam Taylor Corbin HS

Cameron Carmical Harlan County HS
Treyce Spurlock Harlan County HS
David Turner Harlan County HS

Hunter Carroll Jackson County HS
Lucas Moore Jackson County HS

Tanner Wells Knox Central HS

Peyton Broughton North Laurel HS
Brett Gaynor North Laurel HS
Zach Steely North Laurel HS

Will Adams Pineville HS
Trent Lefevers Pineville HS

Junior Kitoko Red Bird
Maombie Tshishingu Red Bird

Zac Feltner South Laurel
Jared Grubb South Laurel

Hagen Hawn Williamsburg
Bruce Ballou Williamsburg

13th Region media members name their boy’s award winners for 2016-17

Several members of the media covering boys’ 13th Region basketball have named their award winners for 2016-17.

13th Region Media Coach of the Year
Tony Pietrowski, Corbin

13th Region Media Newcomer/Breakthrough Player of the Year
Nick Martin, Knox Central

13th Region Media Player of the Year
Peyton Broughton, North Laurel

13th Region Media First Team
Peyton Broughton, North Laurel
Andrew Taylor, Corbin
Jared Grubb, South Laurel
MarkelleTurner, Knox Central
Cameron Carmical, Harlan County

13th Region Media Second Team
Wade Liford, Knox Central
JJ Ramey, South Laurel
Will Sexton, Clay County
Corey Johnson, Whitley County
Treyce Spurlock, Harlan County

13th Region Media Third Team
Trent Lefevers, Pineville
Bruce Hopkins, Lynn Camp
Brian Gray, North Laurel
Cody Carnes, Pineville
Chase Sanders, Corbin

13th Region Media Honorable Mention (Listed in order of number of points received)
Ryan Anders, South Laurel; Tanner Harris, Jackson County; Tanner Boggs, Lynn Camp; Darrin Calloway, OBI; Killian Ledford, Harlan; Nick Martin, Knox Central; Jacob Bundy, Lynn Camp; Logan Gabbard, Clay County; Connor Bain, Barbourville; Tyrese Simmons, Harlan County; Bryson Asher, North Laurel; Trevor Sams, Clay County; Austin Napier, Red Bird; Caleb Rose, Williamsburg, Kaleb Osborne, North Laurel; Dylan Wilson, Whitley County.

Lady Railsplitters headed to Georgia to face Clayton State in NCAA’s

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Lady Railsplitters are going dancing for the first time since the 2002-03 season as they were awarded the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament bid Sunday evening. They are the number three seed and will face sixth-seeded Clayton State on Friday in Columbus, Ga.

The Lakers are currently 24-6 and finished second in the Peach Belt Conference’s West Division. They lost to Lander in the Peach Belt Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday.

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13th Region Boys Basketball Coaches Association honorees

These honorees were chosen by the coaches in the region. They were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Harlan County boys win 13th Region Tournament

Harlan County’s Cameron Carmical shot the lights out and he and his teammates shot down the often repeated theory that shooters don’t shoot well in large open arenas.  Carmical hit 5 of 6 three point attempts in the championship game and 12 of 14 three point shots over his last two games of the regional tournament at The Corbin Arena. The Black Bears as a team made 24 of 38 shots in their 67-65 championship game win over Corbin and they needed every one of them to win their first ever regional basketball championship.  They advance to Rupp Arena to take on the winner of Region 10, either 30-4 Campbell County or 20-12 Scott. Corbin, who owned two wins over Harlan County during the regular season, finishes 27-6.