Toyota Classic

Scott County High School, Georgetown, Kentucky
January 28-31, 2004

Copyright 2004 Ron Harrison

This tournament is in its ninth year and is already rich in tradition.  Past champions have been Madison Central (1995-1996), Bryan Station (1996-1997), Scott County (1997-1998), Scott County (1998-1999), Scott County (1999-2000), Scott County (2000-2001), Scott County (2001-2002) and Dixie Heights (2002-2003).  A good field has been assembled this year to play for the championship.  This year's field will consist of the following teams:  Apollo, Covington Catholic, Gainesville (FL), George Junior Republic (PA), Henry Clay, Johnson Central, Lafayette, and Scott County.  There will also be a special Toyota Invitational game matching the Pike County Central Lady Hawks against the Scott County Lady Cardinals.

January 28th - Day 1

Game No. 1  Johnson Central (9-7) vs. Scott County (14-3)

Johnson Central coach Les Trimble started the following lineup:  6-3 Jr. Tony Hatfield, 6-2 So. Kyle Rice, 6-4 Jr. Josh Stapleton, 6-2 Jr. Nick Music, and 6-1 Sr. Mike Walters.  Scott County coach Billy Hicks countered with 6-5 Jr. Anthony Coote, 6-8 Sr. Zach Van Guilder, 6-4 Sr. Alex Cassady, 6-1 Sr. Troy Harris, and 6-0 Sr. Tyler Hicks.

Scott County scored 43 points on 26 Johnson Central turnovers on their way to a 92-55 victory.  Scott County shot 51.4% from the field, was 11 of 12 from the free throw line, and pulled down 48 rebounds.  Johnson Central shot 31% from the field, visited the free throw line 21 times, connecting on 12 shots, and grabbed 34 rebounds.

Scott County had five players in double figures, led by Tyler Hicks with 18 points.  Alex Cassady, Troy Harris, and Zach Van Guilder added 15, 12 and 10 points respectively.  6-1 Fr. Rodney Haddix also tallied 10 points.  Zach Van Guilder pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.  6-2 Fr. Jamie McCarty led Johnson Central with 16 points.  Nick Music added 12 points.  Kyle Rice chipped in with eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.  

Johnson Central 

6

14

15

20

-

55

Scott County 

25

26

18

23

-

92

 

Johnson Central

(55)

-

Hatfield 6, Rice 8, Stapleton 0, N. Music 12, Walters 8, Whitaker 2, McCarty 16, Blanton 3.

Scott County

(92)

-

Coote 2, Van Guilder 10, Cassady 15, Harris 12, Hicks 18, Haddix 10, Walls 6, Bailey 5, Carter 6, Jarvis 6, Lee 2.

Game No.2  George Junior Republic (PA) (11-3) vs. Henry Clay (9-6)

George Junior Republic coach Bob McConnell started the following lineup:  6-4 Jr. Robert Davis, 6-3 Sr. Tyrae Denmark, 6-7 Jr. Brandon Shores, 6-3 Sr. Terrence Roberts, and 5-9 Sr. Marcus Daniels.   Henry Clay coach Kirk Chiles countered with 6-0 Sr. Chase Mitchell, 6-0 Jr. Bryan Turnage, 6-3 Sr. Aubrey White, 5-9 Jr. Noade Day, and 5-11 Sr. Brandon Coles.  

George Junior Republic held a 48-26 rebound advantage over Henry Clay on their way to an 87-68 victory.  The victors were led today by Tyrae Denmark with 30 points and 17 rebounds.  Brandon Shores added 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds while Marcus Daniels chipped in with 22 points including four three point baskets.

Henry Clay was led by Noade Day with 18 points including five of eight three point attempts.  Aubrey White added 13 points but encountered foul problems and only played a total of 13:27.  Brandon Coles, Bryan Turnage, and Chase Mitchell added 11, 11, and 10 points respectively.   

George Junior Republic (PA) 

20

24

22

21

-

87

Henry Clay 

16

17

14

21

-

68

 

George Junior Republic (PA)

(87)

-

Davis 6, Denmark 30, Shores 22, Roberts 0, Daniels 22, Mack 3, Guyton 2, Johnson 2.

Henry Clay

(68)

-

Mitchell 10, Turnage 11, White 13, Day 18, Coles 11, Miller 5.

 

January 29th - Day 2

Game No. 3  Henry Clay (9-7) vs. Johnson Central (9-8)  (Consolation Game)

Henry Clay coach Kirk Chiles started the following lineup:  6-0 Sr. Chase Mitchell, 6-0 Jr. Bryan Turnage, 6-3 Sr. Aubrey White, 5-9 Jr. Noade Day, and 5-11 Sr. Brandon Coles.  Johnson Central coach Les Trimble countered 6-3 Jr. Tony Hatfield, 6-2 So. Kyle Rice, 6-4 Jr. Josh Stapleton, 6-2 Jr. Nick Music, and 6-1 Sr. Mike Walters.   

Johnson Central led 73-72 late in the game but Henry Clay rallied to claim a 77-73 victory.  Both teams shot well tonight with Henry Clay shooting 57.4% from the field and connecting on 12 of 14 free throws while Johnson Central shot 52.2% from the field and was 17 of 21 from the charity stripe.  Johnson Central was eight of 19 from the three point line.  Henry Clay held a 29-18 advantage in rebounding and outscored Johnson Central 29-0 from the bench.  

Henry Clay was led by Aubrey White with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight steals.  6-2 So. Aaron Miller came off the bench to add 21 points and nine rebounds.  Mike Walters led Johnson Central with 25 points including six three point goals.  Tony Hatfield, Nick Music, and Josh Stapleton added 17, 12, and 10 points respectively.   

Henry Clay 

16

24

16

21

-

77

Johnson Central 

20

21

15

17

-

73

 

Henry Clay

(77)

-

Mitchell 2, Turnage 8, White 27, Day 2, Coles 9, Carson 7, Miller 21, Boyd 1.

Johnson Central

(73)

-

Hatfield 17, Rice 9, Stapleton 10, N. Music 12, Walters 25.

Game No. 4  Gainesville (FL) (17-0) vs. Covington Catholic (11-2)

Gainesville coach Tony Wise started the following lineup:  6-2 Jr. Jonathan Cook, 6-1 Sr. Randy Jackson, 6-3 Sr. Ron Rawls, 5-11 Jr. Rahim Barnes, and 5-10 Sr. Ron Larris.   Covington Catholic coach Mike Listerman countered with 6-4 Sr. Stephen Muck, 6-4 Sr. Ross Votel, 6-5 Jr. Brennan Votel, 5-11 Sr. Ryan Kennedy, and 6-0 Sr. Matt Nestheide.  

Gainesville led 46-41 at the end of three quarters but Covington Catholic rallied in the final period to earn a 64-61 victory.  Covington Catholic held a 54.2%-38.6% advantage in field goal shooting.  Gainesville outscored Covington Catholic 18-9 from the three point line. 

Covington Catholic was led by Matt Nestheide with 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists.   Ryan Kennedy and Ross Votel added 11 points each.   Ron Larris led Gainesville with 25 points including four three point baskets and recorded five steals.  Jonathan Cook and Ron Rawls added 10 points each.   

Gainesville (FL) 

17

17

12

15

-

61

Covington Catholic 

21

10

10

23

-

64

 

Gainesville (FL)

(61)

-

Cook 10, Jackson 4, Rawls 10, Barnes 2, Larris 25, Walker 3, Martin 5, Smith 2.

Covington Catholic

(64)

-

Muck 2, R. Votel 11, B. Votel 9, Kennedy 11, Nestheide 22, Witzgall 2, Wachs 2, Jacobs 5.

Game No. 5  Apollo (12-5) vs. Lafayette (9-6)

Apollo coach Greg Baughn started the following lineup:  6-3 Fr. Ben Duvall, 6-5 Sr. Ryne Mantooth, 6-4 Sr. Travis Johnson, 5-11 So. Doug Denton, and 5-11 Sr. Richard Long.  Lafayette coach Damon Kelley countered 6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-4 Jr. Blake Miller, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.   

Apollo outlasted Lafayette to take a 99-93 victory in two overtimes.  Ryne Mantooth nailed a three-pointer for Apollo to tie the score at 76-76 in regulation to force overtime.  Mantooth hit a three-pointer with 4.1 seconds remaining in the first overtime to knot the score at 86-86 and force the second overtime.  Apollo shot 50.7% from the field, connected on 21 of 31 from the free throw line, and pulled down 44 rebounds.  The Eagles were 10 of 25 from the three point line.  Lafayette shot 50% from the field, was 11 of 24 from the three point line, and pulled down 43 rebounds. 

Apollo was led by today by Ryne Mantooth with 27 points, including six three point baskets.  Richard Long added 21 points and seven assists while 5-11 So. Jake Wells chipped in with 20 points.  Travis Johnson added 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds.  Darnell Dialls led Lafayette with 32 points, 19 rebounds, and three blocked shots.   Marcus Barron added 21 points and dished out seven assists.  Nic Mullins and 6-0 So. Pete Gifford added 18 and 13 points respectively.   

Apollo 

25

14

15

22

10

13

-

99

Lafayette 

18

12

23

23

10

7

-

93

 

Apollo

(99)

-

Duvall 0, Mantooth 27, T. Johnson 14, Denton 8, Long 21, Wells 20, A. Johnson 7, Team 2.

Lafayette

(93)

-

Mullins 18, Miller 8, Dialls 32, Chinn 1, Barron 21, Gifford 13.

 

January 29th - Day 3

 

Game No. 6  Lafayette (9-7) vs. Gainesville (FL) (17-1)  (Consolation Game)

Lafayette coach Damon Kelley started the following lineup:  6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-4 Jr. Blake Miller, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.  Gainesville (FL) coach Tony Wise countered 6-2 Jr. Jonathan Cook, 6-1 Chad Smith, 6-3 Sr. Ron Rawls, 5-11 Jr. Rahim Barnes, and 5-10 Sr. Ron Larris.   

Gainesville led 33-30 at halftime but Lafayette rallied in the second half to earn a 67-57 victory.  Lafayette shot 53.8% from the field, was eight of 12 from the free throw line, and grabbed 34 rebounds while Gainesville was 37.7% from the field, five of 11 from the free throw line, and pulled down 32 rebounds.  Gainesville scored 19 points off 20 Lafayette turnovers, while Lafayette scored 13 points off 18 Gainesville miscues.  

The victors were led tonight by Darnell Dialls with 30 points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots.  Nic Mullins added 12 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and dished out five assists.  Jonathan Cook led Gainesville with 21 and six rebounds.  Rahim Barnes and Ron Rawls each tallied nine points and Rawls pulled down nine rebounds.   

Lafayette 

13

17

18

19

-

67

Gainesville (FL) 

18

15

12

12

-

57

 

Lafayette

(67)

-

Mullins 12, Miller 4, Dialls 30, Chinn 5, Barron 4, Gifford 9, Langfels 3.

Gainesville (FL)

(57)

-

Cook 21, Smith 0, Rawls 9, Barnes 9, Larris 5, Walker 4, Sims 3, Monds 3, Hill 3.

Game No. 7  George Junior Republic (PA) (12-3) vs. Scott County (15-3)   (Semifinal)

George Junior Republic coach Bob McConnell started the following lineup:  6-4 Jr. Robert Davis, 6-3 Sr. Tyrae Denmark, 6-7 Jr. Brandon Shores, 6-3 Sr. Terrence Roberts, and 5-9 Sr. Marcus Daniels.   Scott County coach Billy Hicks countered with 6-5 Jr. Anthony Coote, 6-8 Sr. Zach Van Guilder, 6-4 Sr. Alex Cassady, 6-1 Sr. Troy Harris, and 6-0 Sr. Tyler Hicks.  

Scott County led 56-45 in the final period but had to survive a rally by George Junior Republic to earn a 70-65 victory.  George Junior Republic pulled to within one, 56-55, but Scott County’s Troy Harris nailed two consecutive three point baskets to allow Scott County to regain control.  Scott County shot 35.3% from the field, was 14 of 21 from the free throw line, and pulled down 43 rebounds.  George Junior Republic was 36.4% from the field, but was only 12 of 33 from the free throw line, including one of 10 in the first half, and pulled down 48 rebounds. 

Scott County was led by Troy Harris with 23 points, including five three point baskets.  Tyler Hicks added 13 points and Alex Cassady chipped in with 10 points and 13 rebounds.  Scott County outscored George Junior Republic 22-6 from the bench and included nine points each by 7-0 Jr. Jared Carter and 5-11 Sr. Ryan Bailey.  Tyrae Denmark led George Junior Republic with 19 points and eight rebounds.  Robert Davis added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcus Daniels and Terrence Roberts chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.  

George Junior Republic (PA) 

24

7

14

20

-

65

Scott County 

18

17

14

21

-

70

 

George Junior Republic (PA)

(65)

-

Davis 18, Denmark 19, Shores 0, Roberts 10, Daniels 12, Johnson 6.

Scott County

(70)

-

Coote 0, Van Guilder 2, Cassady 10, Harris 23, Hicks 13, Walls 2, Bailey 9, Haddix 2, Carter 9.

Game No. 8  Apollo (13-5) vs. Covington Catholic (12-2)   (Semifinal)

Apollo coach Greg Baughn started the following lineup:  6-3 Fr. Ben Duvall, 6-5 Sr. Ryne Mantooth, 6-4 Sr. Travis Johnson, 5-11 So. Doug Denton, and 5-11 Sr. Richard Long.  Covington Catholic coach Mike Listerman countered with 6-4 Sr. Stephen Muck, 6-4 Sr. Ross Votel, 6-5 Jr. Brennan Votel, 5-11 Sr. Ryan Kennedy, and 6-0 Sr. Matt Nestheide.   

Covington Catholic outscored Apollo 11-2 in the second quarter on their way to an 84-69 victory.  Covington Catholic outshot Apollo 41.7%-34.3% from the field, outscored Apollo 31-15 from the free throw line, and held a 48-37 advantage in rebounds.  Covington Catholic was 31 of 36 from the free throw line, including 27 of 32 in the second half, while Apollo was 15 of 21 from the charity stripe.    

All five Covington Catholic starters scored in double figures, led by Ryan Kennedy and Stephen Muck with 21 and 18 points respectively.  Brennan Votel added 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots, while Matt Nestheide chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists.  Ross Votel tallied 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds.  Travis Johnson led Apollo with 26 points and nine rebounds.  Richard Long added 16 points and nine rebounds while Ryne Mantooth chipped in with 10 points.     

Apollo 

19

2

22

26

-

69

Covington Catholic 

19

11

27

27

-

84

 

Apollo

(69)

-

Duvall 4, Mantooth 10, T. Johnson 26, Denton 4, Long 16, Wells 2, Wilson 4, McDivitt 3.

Covington Catholic

(84)

-

Muck 18, R. Votel 10, B. Votel 15, Kennedy 21, Nestheide 12, Jacobs 2, Wachs 4.

 

January 31st - Day 4

Game No. 9  Gainesville (FL) (17-2) vs. Johnson Central (9-9)   (Consolation Game)

Gainesville coach Tony Wise started the following lineup:  6-2 Jr. Jonathan Cook, 6-1 Sr. Gene Martin, 6-3 Sr. Ron Rawls, 5-11 Jr. Rahim Barnes, and 5-10 Sr. Ron Larris.   Johnson Central coach Les Trimble countered with 6-3 Jr. Tony Hatfield, 6-2 So. Kyle Rice, 6-4 Jr. Josh Stapleton, 6-2 Jr. Nick Music, and 6-1 Sr. Mike Walters.  

Gainesville raced out to a 21-9 first quarter lead and scored 30 points off 17 Johnson Central turnovers on their way to an 82-68 victory.  Gainesville shot 50.9% from the field, was 18 of 28 from the free throw line, and pulled down 28 rebounds.  The Hurricanes were 10 of 20 from three point line.  Johnson Central shot 46.7% from the field, was 21 of 27 from the free throw line, and pulled down 30 rebounds.

The victors were led by Ron Larris with 25 points including four three point goals, and dished out eight assists.  Ron Rawls added 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Gene Martin chipped in with 14 points.  Mike Walters led Johnson Central with 23 points including four three point baskets.  Nick Music added 22 points including 15 of 16 free throws.  Kyle Rice chipped in with 12 points.

Gainesville (FL) 

21

18

24

19

-

82

Johnson Central 

9

18

24

17

-

68

 

Gainesville (FL)

(82)

-

Cook 6, Martin 14, Rawls 15, Barnes 9, Larris 25, Walker 2, Sims 3, Jackson 3, Weseman 3, Hill 2.

Johnson Central

(68)

-

Hatfield 3, Rice 12, Stapleton 2, N. Music 19, Walters 23, McCarty 7, S. Music 2.

Game No. 10  Lafayette (10-7) vs. Henry Clay (10-7)  (Fifth Place)

Lafayette coach Damon Kelley started the following lineup:  6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-4 Jr. Blake Miller, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.   Henry Clay coach Kirk Chiles countered with 6-0 Sr. Chase Mitchell, 6-0 Jr. Bryan Turnage, 6-3 Sr. Aubrey White, 5-9 Jr. Noade Day, and 5-11 Sr. Brandon Coles.  

Henry Clay outrebounded the taller Lafayette Generals 37-26 and scored 23 points off Lafayette’s 23 turnovers on their way to an 85-80 victory.  Lafayette held a 52.8%-48.4% advantage in field goal shooting and was 22 of 28 from the free throw line while Henry Clay was 20 of 27 from the charity stripe.

Henry Clay was led by Brandon Coles with 24 points.  Aubrey White added 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.  6-2 So. Aaron Miller added 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Chase Mitchell chipped in with 10 points.  Nic Mullins led Lafayette with 21 points and 6-0 So. Pete Gifford chipped in with 20 points including 11 of 12 free throws.  Darnell Dialls tallied 19 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and blocked four shots.

Lafayette 

21

12

18

29

-

80

Henry Clay 

19

16

20

30

-

85

 

Lafayette

(80)

-

Mullins 21, Miller 8, Dialls 19, Chinn 4, Barron 8, Gifford 20.

Henry Clay

(85)

-

Mitchell 10, Turnage 8, White 23, Day 7, Coles 24, Carson 2, Miller 11.

Game No. 11 Apollo (13-6) vs. George Junior Republic (PA) (12-4)  (Third Place)

Apollo coach Greg Baughn started the following lineup:  6-3 Fr. Ben Duvall, 6-5 Sr. Ryne Mantooth, 6-1 Sr. Adam Johnson, 5-11 So. Doug Denton, and 5-11 Sr. Richard Long.  George Junior Republic coach Bob McConnell countered with 6-4 Jr. Robert Davis, 6-3 Sr. Tyrae Denmark, 6-7 Jr. Brandon Shores, 6-3 Sr. Terrence Roberts, and 5-9 Sr. Marcus Daniels.  

The score was tied 70-70 at the end of regulation but George Junior Republic outscored Apollo 20-8 in overtime to claim a 90-78 victory.  George Junior Republic shot 45.9% from the field, was 27 of 36 from the free throw line, and pulled down 46 rebounds.   Apollo shot 42.9% from the field, connected on 19 of 24 free throws, and grabbed 26 rebounds.  Apollo held a 33-21 advantage in three point goals. 

The victors were led by Tyrae Denmark with 33 points and 11 rebounds.  Robert Davis added 19 points and 13 rebounds while Brandon Shores chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Marcus Daniels also reached double figures with 10 points.  Ryne Mantooth led Apollo with 29 points including seven three point goals.  Richard Long added 20 points and dished out eight assists.   Ben Duvall and 6-4 Sr. Travis Johnson chipped in with 10 points each.

Apollo 

20

22

16

12

8

-

78

George Junior Republic (PA) 

24

15

21

10

20

-

90

 

Apollo

(78)

-

Duvall 10, Mantooth 29, A. Johnson 4, Denton 5, Long 20, T. Johnson 10.

George Junior Republic (PA)

(90)

-

Davis 19, Denmark 33, Shores 17, Roberts 9, Daniels 10, Johnson 2.

Game No. 12 (Girls) Pike County Central vs. Scott County  (Toyota Invitational Game) 

This game was cancelled because Pike County Central could not travel to the event due to road conditions.

Game No. 13  Covington Catholic (13-2) vs. Scott County (16-3)   (Championship Game)

Covington Catholic coach Mike Listerman started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Stephen Muck, 6-4 Sr. Ross Votel, 6-5 Jr. Brennan Votel, 5-11 Sr. Ryan Kennedy, and 6-0 Sr. Matt Nestheide.   Scott County coach Billy Hicks countered with 6-5 Jr. Anthony Coote, 6-8 Sr. Zach Van Guilder, 6-4 Sr. Alex Cassady, 6-1 Sr. Troy Harris, and 6-0 Sr. Tyler Hicks.  

Scott County trailed 67-62 with less than a minute remaining on the clock but rallied to defeat Covington Catholic 70-68 to claim the Toyota Classic Championship.  Tyler Hicks was only three of 15 from the field but nailed two long three-pointers to tie the score at 68-68.  Troy Harris made a steal and hit what proved to be the winning layup with 11 seconds remaining on the clock.  Scott County shot 42.1% from the field, was 16 of 24 from the free throw line, and pulled down 33 rebounds.  Covington Catholic shot 43.9% from the field, connected on 13 of 21 free throws, and pulled down 39 rebounds. 

Scott County was led by Troy Harris and Alex Cassady with 22 and 18 points respectively.  Tyler Hicks added 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.  Ryan Kennedy led Covington Catholic with 20 points.  Brennan Votel added 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Stephen Muck chipped in with 10 points.  

Covington Catholic 

18

20

7

23

-

68

Scott County 

14

16

13

27

-

70

 

Covington Catholic

(68)

-

Muck 10, R. Votel 2, B. Votel 11, Kennedy 20, Nestheide 9, Wachs 8, Erpenbeck 2,Jacobs 6.

Scott County

(70)

-

Coote 2, Van Guilder 7, Cassady 18, Harris 22, Hicks 12, Bailey 2, Carter 5, Jarvis 2.

Conclusion

Congratulations to Scott County for capturing the championship over a strong field this year.  There were some excellent games played this week with some thrilling finishes.  Several players stepped up this week and had excellent performances.  Scott County’s Tyler Hicks put in a gutty effort in the championship game.  Hicks had missed 12 of his first 13 shots but he still had the courage to pull the trigger and nail two long three pointers in the final minute to tie the game, setting the stage for Troy Harris’s final heroics.  Hicks also scrapped inside for 11 rebounds.   

Acknowledgments

Congratulations to the Toyota Classic Committee and all the volunteers who make this tournament such a success.  Also a special thanks to WL Stats for providing the computer stats for all the games.  Once again, the Toyota Classic recognizes all the Jr. and Sr. participants with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.  This sends a message to all these young athletes, and probably more importantly to all us fans, that they are students first and athletes second.

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.