Prep Basketball: Boyle County boys edge East Jessamine 48-47
Boyle County¿s Hagen Tyler (23) scored 17 points Tuesday in the Rebels¿ 48-47 win at East Jessamine. (Jonathan Stark / December 5, 2012)
“We missed the front end of two one-and-ones that could have sealed it, but the kids stepped up,” Boyle County coach Steve Adams said. “We’re an awful young team ... and we’re still trying to find our way. These kids are really playing hard ... I’m just tickled to death with the way our kids are responding.”
Leading 34-30 heading into the fourth quarter, Boyle County was able to pull away from East thanks to two 3-pointers by Hagen Tyler — the second of which gave Boyle a 44-36 lead with 2:50 remaining.
East Jessamine was able to mount a comeback behind senior Timmy Bradshaw who scored five points in the final three minutes. A pair of free throws by Bradshaw cut the lead to 46-44 with 8.6 seconds remaining.
Tyler was fouled while bringing the ball up the court and hit two free throws to clinch the game Boyle County. He would finish with a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds.
Adams said they’re still trying to develop Tyler into being more of a complete player but said he had a “great” game.
Tuesday night’s game was rematch of the Region 12 semifinals from March, which Boyle won 63-57. However, both teams have drastically changed in the nine months since.
East Jessamine, which has gotten off to some slow starts this season, jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter as Bradshaw rattled off six points.
Boyle fell into a bit of foul trouble early on as Brett Jones picked up two in the first quarter.
It was in the second quarter that Boyle really took control of the game. Chapman Bean hit a 3-pointer to open the period and his second one of the quarter gave Boyle a 19-18 advantage with 3:10 until halftime. The Rebels did not trail the rest of the night and took a 24-21 lead into halftime.
Bean finished with eight points on the night and fouled out late in the game.
Both teams has dismal third quarters offensively as Boyle was outscored 9-8. Early-season rust was showing on both teams as even layups in the paint were not falling.
“We’re wanting to do so good and we’re rushing and we’re just not comfortable in where we’re at,” Adams said.
East got itself into foul trouble as well as point guard Taylor Harper picked up his third foul of the night and had to take a seat on the bench.
Micah Miniard had a quiet 12 points for the Rebels to go along with his 10 rebounds and five blocks. Aram Martin had a team-high 13 rebounds.
“Micah probably could have had 30 points if he had just hit layups,” Adams said. “... He’s a work in progress, he had a great game and played hard.”
In the one-point victory, Boyle County was 7-for-11 from the free-throw line; East Jessamine was bleak 6-for-17 (35 percent).
“It comes down to the free-throw line,” East Jessamine coach Chris O’Bryan said. “How many opportunities in the first half did we have where we could have finished a play and we didn’t? There’s so many things you could point out (that caused the loss).”
Boyle once again held its opponent to less than 50 points.
“We pride ourselves on guarding people. We think we guard people as well as anybody and that’s what we kind of hang our hat on,” Adams said. “We’re starting to pick the offensive end up a little bit. Once we get that going, I’m hoping that we can become a pretty good team.”
However, Boyle turned the ball over 21 times and committed 17 fouls.
“East Jessamine is hard to guard.” Adams said. “They put their heads down and go, they’ve got quickness.”
Adams was proud of the way his bench played — nonstarters for Boyle accounted for 15 points, East’s bench had two points.
“As a matter of fact, when we got into foul trouble, we extended the lead to three at halftime,” Adams said. “They did a great job.”
Bradshaw finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals; Ronnie Carson had a game-high 21 points on 21 shots.
Boyle County 9 24 32 48
East Jessamine 12 21 30 47
BOYLE¿(2-0) — Brent Jones 2, Aram Martin 5, Devin True 2, Lloyd Hall 2, Micah Miniard 12, Hagen Tyler 17, Chapman Bean 8.
EAST¿JESSAMINE¿(3-1) — Spencer Maddon 2, Ronnie Carson 21, Taylor Harper 4, Mike Jones 1, Timmy Bradshaw 17.