2003 S. T. Roach Classic

Paul L. Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky
January 18, 2003

Copyright 2003 Ron Harrison

This is the 11th annual “S. T. Roach Boys Basketball Classic” named after the legendary coach Sanford T. Roach.  Coach Roach led the first Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to two Kentucky High School Athletic League state championships and two more state tournament appearances in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Sweet 16.  Coach Roach had a stellar 610-166 record over his coaching career and was noted for his ability to mold young men into excellent citizens as well as great basketball players.

There are ten teams scheduled to play in today’s event:  Frankfort vs. Bryan Station, Holmes vs. Henry Clay, Ryle vs. Tates Creek, Russell vs. Lafayette, and Dixie Heights vs. Paul L. Dunbar.

Game 1  Frankfort (9-4) vs. Bryan Station (3-13)

Frankfort coach Scott Chalk started the following lineup:  6-3 So. Torian Robertson, 6-0 Jr. Myron Moore, 6-4 Sr. Chris Current, 6-1 So. Will Current, and 6-2 Fr. Aaron Dunaway.  Bryan Station coach Champ Ligon countered with Alex Harless, Stephon Walker, 6-5 Sr. Raymond Ross, Martin Ashford, and 5-6 So. Martino Washington. 

Frankfort visited the charity stripe 48 times, connecting on 29 shots on the on their way to a 91-84 victory over Bryan Station.  Frankfort had a slight edge, 46.9%-43.9% in field goal shooting.  Bryan Station was 21 of 28 from the free throw line.  Frankfort scored 25 points off 29 Bryan Station turnovers.  Frankfort was led by Chris Current with 32 points including 14 of 21 free throws.  Aaron Dunaway added 21 points.  Joe Hyatt and Torian Robertson reached double digits with 13 and 11 points respectively.  Bryan Station was led today by Martino Washington and 5-8 Jr. Stephon Ferguson with 16 points each.  Ferguson also pulled down 10 rebounds.  6-5 Jr. Jermaine Sandusky added 10 points. 

Frankfort

22

20

28

21

-

91

Bryan Station

19

15

20

30

-

84

 

Frankfort

(91) -

Robertson 11, Moore 3, C. Current 32, W. Current 1, Dunaway 21, Hack 1, Hall 7, Jones 2, Hyatt 13.

Bryan Station

(84) -

Harless 7, Walker 9, Ross 6, M. Ashford 7, Washington 16, Barnett 5, Ferguson 16, Sandusky 10, Coy 4, Adams 2, Brown 2.

Game 2  Holmes (9-7) vs. Henry Clay (10-3)

Holmes coach David Henley started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. Derrick Jennings, 6-3 Jr. Chris Edmonson, 6-3 Sr. Ryan Fischer, 6-0 Sr. Brandent Englemon, and 5-10 Sr. Brandon Smith.  Henry Clay coach Kirk Chiles countered with 6-1 So. Bryan Turnage, 6-2 Sr. Joe Harden, 6-9 Sr. John Patterson, 5-8 Sr. Branden Bowman, and 5-10 Sr. Lamont Campbell.

Holmes led 26-10 late in the first quarter before Henry Clay exploded for a 37-6 run to take a 47-32 lead at halftime.  Henry Clay survived poor free throw shooting in the final period to take an 85-76 decision over Holmes.  Henry Clay was 50% from the field, connected on 24 of 43 free throws, and held a 46-29 rebounding advantage.  Holmes shot 45.9% from the field and connected on nine of 18 free throws.  Holmes was 11 of 35 from the three point line.  Henry Clay was led by John Patterson, Joe Harden, and Bryan Turnage with 18, 14 and 12 points respectively.  Lamont Campbell, 5-11 Jr. Branden Coles, and 6-2 Jr. Aubrey White also reached double figures with 11, 10, and 10 points respectively.  Holmes was led today by Brandon Smith, Brandent Englemon, and Ryan Fischer with 23, 19, and 17 points respectively. 

Holmes

26

6

19

25

-

76

Henry Clay

19

28

19

19

-

85

 

Holmes

(76) -

Jennings 9, Edmondson 2, Fischer 17, Englemon 19, B. Smith 23, D. Smith 4, W. Brown 2.

Henry Clay

(85) -

Turnage 12, Harden 14, Patterson 18, Bowman 6, Campbell 11, Mitchell 4, Coles 10, White 10.

Game 3  Ryle (9-4) vs. Tates Creek (14-2)

Ryle coach Nate Niemi started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Clay Rechtin, 6-0 Sr. Scott Steele, 6-8 Sr. Justin Doellman, 5-11 Sr. Tim Hall, and 5-9 Sr. Matt Beil.  Tates Creek coach Joe Pat Covington countered with 6-4 Sr. Jonas Adams, 6-2 Sr. Josh Bell, 6-6 Sr. Michael Cross, 6-2 Jr. Justin Taylor, and 5-8 Sr. Albert Hughes. 

Tates Creek led Ryle 52-51 midway through the fourth quarter and pulled away to gain a 67-58 victory.  Both teams shot well from the field with Ryle connecting at a 55.8% rate and Tates Creek shot 50%.  Ryle was five of five from the free throw line while Tates Creek was 14 of 21 from the charity stripe.  Ryle held a 30-17 edge in rebounds.  Tates Creek scored 41 points off 25 Ryle turnovers.  Tates Creek was led today by Justin Taylor and Michael Cross with 19 points each.  Ryle was led by Justin Doellman, Clay Rechtin, and Scott Steele with 15, 15, and 12 points respectively. 

Ryle

11

15

18

14

-

58

Tates Creek

17

14

15

21

-

67

 

Ryle

(58) -

Rechtin 15, Steele 12, Doellman 15, Hall 4, Beil 8, Ferguson 4.

Tates Creek

(67) -

Adams 2, Bell 2, M. Cross 19, Taylor 19, Hughes 12, C. Cross 5, Brown 2, Dixon 6.

Game 4  Russell (6-8) vs. Lafayette (9-3)

Russell coach Steve Dodd started the following lineup:  Michael Dodd, 6-2 Sr. Bryan Groves, 6-5 Sr. Kent Robinson, Elijah Mullins, and 6-2 Brandon Daniels.  Lafayette coach Damon Kelley countered with 6-1 Sr. John Cadwell, 6-0 Sr. Gene Cotton, 6-0 Sr. Adam Coleman, 5-10 Jr. Kevin Trahan, and 5-11 Fr. Pete Gifford.

Lafayette’s defense allowed them to escape with a 57-53 victory over Russell.  The score was tied 53-53 with a little over a minute left when Lafayette forced a five second call.  T. J. Chinn hit a layup to give Lafayette a 55-53 lead and once again the Generals forced a five second call and Adam Coleman hit two free throws to ensure the victory.  Lafayette held a 48%-43.8% edge in field goal shooting and scored 30 points on 19 Russell turnovers, but Russell held a 32-21 rebounding edge.  Lafayette was led by 6-6 Jr. Nic Mullins and 6-8 Jr. Darnell Dials with 13 and 11 points respectively.  Russell was led by 6-2 Sr. Jerod Ferguson and Kent Robinson with 22 and 12 points respectively. 

Russell

19

8

14

12

-

53

Lafayette

14

11

19

13

-

57

 

Russell

(53) -

Dodd 4, Groves 6, Robinson 12, Mullins 0, Daniels 4, Gross 5, Ferguson 22.

Lafayette

(57) -

Cadwell 0, Cotton 6, Coleman 6, Trahan 2, Gifford 5, Mullins 13, Chinn 4, Dialls 11, Barron 8, Grantlin 2.

Game 5  Dixie Heights (11-2) vs. Paul L. Dunbar (7-7)

Dixie Heights coach Scott Draud the following lineup:  6-3 Sr. Russ Bramlage, 6-1 So. D. J. Corbett, 7-0 Sr. Steve Mayes, 6-2 Sr. Matt O’Toole, and 6-1 Jr. Michael O’Toole.  Paul Dunbar coach Eddie Oakley countered with 6-3 Jr. Jason Azubuike, 6-2 Jr. Sekoe White, 6-3 Sr. Kenny Hale, 5-10 Sr. Jamie Adams, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Conner.

Dunbar led 46-41 in the final period but Dixie Heights went on a 13-3 run to take a final 54-49 decision.  Dixie Heights held a 55.8%-39.6% edge in field goal shooting.  Dunbar managed only one point in the last three minutes and twenty seconds of the game.  Dixie Heights was led by Russ Bramlage with 23 points and 10 rebounds.  Steve Mayes added 14 points including four dunks.  Dunbar was led by Kenny Hale with 22 points including four three point goals.  Marcus Conner added 10 points. 

Dixie Heights

9

13

17

15

-

54

Paul L. Dunbar

8

20

15

6

-

49

 

Dixie Heights

(54) -

Bramlage 23, Corbett 3, Mayes 14, Matt O’Toole 10, Michael O’Toole 4.

Paul L. Dunbar

(49) -

Azubuike 9, White 0, Hale 22, Adams 3, Conner 10, Frees 2, Sandberg 3.

Conclusion

Congratulations to Paul Laurence Dunbar and the sponsors for putting on this fine event.  Also congratulations to Tim Hall of Ryle for winning the “S. T. Roach Sportsmanship Award”.  This award encompasses academics, athletics, school activities, and community work and was presented by Mr. Sanford T. Roach.  One of the highlights of this annual event is the appearance of Mr. Roach, who epitomizes class and dignity.  Another highlight today was the retirement of the jerseys of two former Paul L. Dunbar All-Staters George Baker and Collier Mills.  Mills graduated from Dunbar in 1997 and was an NAIA All-American at Transylvania.  Baker graduated from Dunbar in 1999 and currently is a junior at Georgetown College, which is ranked the number one NAIA team in the nation.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the WL Stats crew for providing the stats for today's games.  

 

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the tournament, teams, or players to me at prephoops@yahoo.com .  

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other basketball events appear on http://www.angelfire.com/ky/prephoops.