2004 Kentucky High School Boys
11th Region Tournament

Frankfort High School, Madison Central High School
Tates Creek High School,
Lexington Catholic High School
and Eastern Kentucky University
March 8-9, 12-13, 2004

Copyright 2004 Ron Harrison

The teams advancing to the 11th Region tournament are West Jessamine, Frankfort, Tates Creek, Richmond Model, Lafayette, Madison Central, Lexington Catholic, and Western Hills.  The tourney format is a bit different this year, as the first round games will be played at the home of the district champions.  The semifinals and championship game will be played at McBrayer Arena on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

Monday March 8th - Day 1

West Jessamine (12-18) vs. Frankfort (14-12)  (at Frankfort High School)

Frankfort took an early lead and withstood a late West Jessamine rally to earn a 69-62 victory and advance in the tournament.  Frankfort was led tonight by 6-2 Jr. Joe Hyatt with 20 points.  6-4 Jr. Tory Robertson added 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.  6-3 So. Aaron Dunaway added 17 points and pulled down six rebounds.  West Jessamine was paced tonight by 6-0 Jr. Michael Spann with 21 points.  6-2 Jr. Trevor Gray and 6-6 Sr. Cody Meadows added 12 and 11 points respectively.     

West Jessamine 

10

13

20

19

-

62

Frankfort

15

14

19

21

-

69

 

West Jessamine

(62) -

Blair 6, Johnson 9, Meadows 11, Hosny 3, Spann 21, Gray 12.

Frankfort

(69) -

Hyatt 20, Dunaway 17, Robertson 17, Anderson 3, Current 2, Moore 10.

Richmond Model (15-12) vs. Tates Creek (18-11)  (at Tates Creek High School)

Richmond Model coach Tony Cox started the following lineup: 6-0 Sr. Robbie Grise, 6-1 Sr. Justin Harvey, 6-1 Sr. Tyler Marcum, 5-10 So. Jeff Johnson, and 6-0 Jr. Kyle Cormney.  Tates Creek coach Joe Pat Covington countered with 6-3 Sr. Tyson Dixon, 6-3 Sr. Justin Taylor, 6-5 Sr. Dwight Harris, 6-2 Sr. Cameron Cross, and 5-10 Sr. Jeremy Brown.

Tates Creek raced out to a 24-19 first quarter lead and shot 52.1% from the field in a 74-41 victory over Richmond Model.  Tates Creek was 11 of 19 from the three point line and held a 42-21 rebounding edge.  Model shot 34% from the field and was three of 15 from the three point line. 

Justin Taylor led the victors with 18 points including four of five from the three point line.  Cameron Cross added 17 points including five three pointers.  Cross also pulled down eight rebounds.  Justin Harvey led Richmond Model with 13 points.  

Richmond Model 

9

12

11

9

-

41

Tates Creek

24

14

22

14

-

74

 

Richmond Model

(41) -

Grise 3, Harvey 13, Marcum 2, Johnson 7, Cormney 2, Matthews 3, Derringer 5, Wells 4, Combs 2.

Tates Creek

(74) -

Dixon 4, Taylor 18, Harris 0, Cross 17, Brown 5, Boyd 2, Covington 3, Workman 8, Baldwin 4, Hogan 2, Watkins 2, Sparks 2, Thomas 7.

Tuesday March 9th - Day 2

Lafayette (16-12) vs. Madison Central (18-12)  (at Madison Central High School)

Lafayette coach Damon Kelley started the following lineup:  6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 So. Pete Gifford, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.  Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr. countered with 6-3 Sr. Brad Cain, 6-1 Sr. Chris Stunson, 6-4 Sr. Matt Cornett, 5-8 So. Andrew Mathis, and 6-5 Sr. Shawn Ballard.   

Lafayette overcame a 47-40 deficit at the end of three quarters to eke out a 58-55 victory over Madison Central.  Lafayette shot 50% from the field, was six of 11 from the free throw line and pulled down 29 rebounds.  Lafayette scored 20 points off 13 Madison Central turnovers.  Lafayette committed 11 miscues but Madison Central could only capitalize for nine points.  Madison Central shot 40% from the field, connected on 13 of 19 free throws and grabbed 27 rebounds. 

Lafayette was led tonight by Marcus Barron with 21 points.  Darnell Dialls added 13 points and T. J. Chinn chipped in with 12 points including seven in the final period.  Nic Mullins added four points and pulled down 10 rebounds.  Madison Central’s Shawn Ballard tallied 24 points and seven rebounds despite battling injuries and illness this week.  Matt Cornett added nine points and 10 rebounds. 

Lafayette 

12

11

17

18

-

58

Madison Central

13

21

13

8

-

55

 

Lafayette

 (58) -

Mullins 4, Chinn 12, Dialls 13, Gifford 4, Barron 21, Miller 4.  

Madison Central

 (55) -

Cain 3, Stunson 4, Cornett 9, Mathis 7, Ballard 24, Stone 7, Winkler 1.

Western Hills (20-8) vs. Lexington Catholic (27-3)  (at Lexington Catholic High School)

Western Hills coach Gary Hubbard started the following lineup: 6-2 Sr. Jordan Samuels, 6-2 Sr. Kyle Bibb, 6-2 So. Charles Keene, 6-1 Jr. Jonathan Hood, and 5-10 Sr. John Keene.  Lexington Catholic coach Bart Flener countered with 6-4 Sr. Mark Balthrop, 6-3 Sr. Harrison Morton, 6-4 Sr. Joe Tunde, 5-10 Sr. Drew Morton, and 6-3 Sr. William Graham.

Lexington Catholic raced out to a 51-29 halftime lead on their way to a 76-48 victory over Western Hills.  Lexington Catholic shot 50.9% from the field including 12 of 26 from the three point line, connected on eight of nine free throws and pulled down 40 rebounds.  Western Hills shot 33.3% from the field, was seven of 15 from the free throw line and grabbed 30 rebounds.  Lexington Catholic held a 36-9 advantage in three point scoring and a 33-9 advantage in bench scoring. 

The victors were led by Drew Morton and William Graham with 15 points each.  Morton was five of six from the three point line.  Harrison Morton added 13 points.  Joe Tunde did not take a shot tonight but he pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.  Jordan Samuels led Western Hills with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  John Keene added 12 points and 6-3 Sr. Tyler Toncray chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.

Despite tonight’s victory this has been a tough week for Lexington Catholic.  Demetrius Green will be lost for the regional tourney due to an academic suspension.  During the early stages of the second half, William Graham suffered a knee injury which was later diagnosed as a season-ending ACL injury.  

Western Hills 

12

17

12

7

-

48

Lexington Catholic

25

26

10

15

-

76

 

Western Hills

(48) -

Samuels 12, Bibb 0, C. Keene 7, Hood 8, J. Keene 12, Toncray 9.

Lexington Catholic

(76) -

Balthrop 0, H. Morton 13, Tunde 0, D. Morton 15, Graham 15, Boneau 8, Hewitt 3, Burke 2, Wilson 5, Riddell 7, Vogelsang 2, Brown 6.

Friday March 12th - Day 3 (at McBrayer Arena)

Lafayette (17-12) vs. Frankfort (15-12) Semifinal No. 1

Lafayette coach Damon Kelley started the following lineup:  6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 So. Pete Gifford, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.  Frankfort coach Deron Norman countered with 6-2 Jr. Joe Hyatt, 6-3 So. Aaron Dunaway, 6-4 Jr. Tory Robertson, 5-10 So. Matt Anderson, and 5-11 Jr. Will Current.

Lafayette led 29-17 at halftime and withstood a second half Frankfort rally to gain a 56-46 victory.  Frankfort led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter but Lafayette held an 18-3 advantage in the second quarter to lead 29-17 at the half.  This comfortable advantage was short-lived as Aaron Dunaway caught fire and scored 15 third quarter points to pull Frankfort within three, 37-34, late in the third quarter.  This was as close as Frankfort could get and Lafayette held on for the win.

Lafayette shot 45.1% from the field, was seven of 11 from the free throw line and pulled down 38 rebounds.  Frankfort shot 35.8% from the field, only visited the free throw line four times, connecting on two shots, and grabbed 25 rebounds.

Lafayette was led tonight by Darnell Dialls with 22 points and eight rebounds.  Marcus Barron added 14 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.  Nic Mullins chipped in with seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.  Aaron Dunaway led Frankfort with 24 points including 21 in the second half.  Will Current added 12 points and five assists.  Tory Robertson only attempted five shots and scored one point.  However, he pulled down eight rebounds, dished out five assists, and blocked three shots.     

Lafayette 

11

18

12

15

-

56

Frankfort

14

3

17

12

-

46

 

Lafayette

(56) -

Mullins 7, Chinn 4, Dialls 22, Gifford 7, Barron 14, Ayers 2.

Frankfort

(46) -

Hyatt 4, Dunaway 24, Robertson 1, Anderson 3, Current 12, Moore 2.

Lexington Catholic (28-3) vs. Tates Creek (19-11) Semifinal No. 2

Lexington Catholic coach Bart Flener started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Mark Balthrop, 6-3 Sr. Harrison Morton, 6-4 Sr. Joe Tunde, 5-10 Sr. Drew Morton, and 6-0 Jr. P. J. Wilson.   Tates Creek coach Joe Pat Covington countered with 6-3 Sr. Tyson Dixon, 6-3 Sr. Justin Taylor, 6-5 Sr. Dwight Harris, 6-2 Sr. Cameron Cross, and 5-10 Sr. Jeremy Brown.

Lexington Catholic led 25-23 at halftime but outscored Tates Creek 18-9 in the third quarter on their way to a 71-52 victory.  Lexington Catholic led 21-10 at the end of the first quarter but Tates Creek rallied to close the gap by halftime.  Tates Creek trailed 27-25 early in the third quarter but Lexington Catholic went on a 10-0 run to take control of the game.

Lexington Catholic shot 53.2% from the field including seven of 21 from the three point line.  The Knights connected on 14 of 25 from the free throw line and pulled down 35 rebounds.  The defense did an excellent job, effectively shadowing Tates Creek star Justin Taylor for the entire game.   

Harrison Morton led the victors with 22 points and 13 rebounds.  Mark Balthrop and 6-0 So. Brian Hewitt added 13 and 10 points respectively.  6-4 So. Patrick Workman led Tates Creek with 12 points and seven rebounds.  Justin Taylor and Cameron Cross added eight points each with Taylor also claiming seven rebounds.  6-4 Fr. John Watkins also added eight points.  

Lexington Catholic

21

4

18

28

-

71

Tates Creek 

10

13

9

20

-

52

 

Lexington Catholic

(71) -

Balthrop 13, H. Morton 22, Tunde 2, D. Morton 8, Wilson 5, Boneau 2, Hewitt 10, Riddell 3, Rompf 2, Brown 2.

Tates Creek

(52) -

Dixon 2, Taylor 8, Harris 0, Cross 8, Brown 4, Sparks 1, Watkins 8, Thomas 7, Workman 12, Nochta 2.

Saturday March 13th - Day 4  (at McBrayer Arena)

Lexington Catholic (29-3) vs. Lafayette (18-12)  Championship Game

Lexington Catholic coach Bart Flener started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Mark Balthrop, 6-3 Sr. Harrison Morton, 6-4 Sr. Joe Tunde, 5-10 Sr. Drew Morton, and 5-10 Jr. Chad Buchignani.   Lafayette coach Damon Kelley countered with 6-6 Sr. Nic Mullins, 6-0 Jr. T. J. Chinn, 6-8 Sr. Darnell Dialls, 6-0 So. Pete Gifford, and 6-1 Sr. Marcus Barron.

Lafayette build a lead early and never allowed Lexington Catholic to catch up as they claimed the championship with a 65-54 victory.  Lafayette shot 48.9% from the field including eight of 11 from the three point line.  They connected on 13 of 22 free throws and pulled down 43 rebounds.  Lexington Catholic shot 30.5% from the field including eight of 30 from the three point line.  They connected on 10 of 19 free throws and grabbed 30 rebounds. 

Marcus Barron led Lafayette with 18 points and six assists.  Pete Gifford added 17 points including three of three from the three point line and pulled down seven rebounds.  Darnell Dialls chipped in with 11 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Harrison Morton led Lexington Catholic with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Drew Morton added 16 points including five of 12 from the three point line.    

Lexington Catholic

11

14

11

18

-

54

Lafayette 

17

16

11

21

-

65

 

Lexington Catholic

(54) -

Balthrop 6, H. Morton 18, Tunde 4, D. Morton 16, Buchignani 0, Boneau 4, Hewitt 3, Riddell 3.

Lafayette

(65) -

Mullins 5, Chinn 8, Dialls 11, Gifford 17, Barron 18, Miller 3, Ayers 3.

All Tournament Team
 

Harrison Morton

 

Lexington Catholic

 

6-3

 

Sr.

 

Shawn Ballard

 

Madison Central

 

6-5

 

Sr.

 

Aaron Dunaway

 

Frankfort

 

6-3

 

So.

 

Justin Taylor

 

Tates Creek

 

6-3

 

Sr.

 

Mark Balthrop

 

Lexington Catholic

 

6-4

 

Sr.

 

Michael Spann

 

West Jessamine

 

6-0

 

Jr.

 

Patrick Workman

 

Tates Creek

 

6-4

 

So.

 

Jordan Samuels

 

Western Hills 

 

6-2

 

Sr.

 

T. J. Chinn

 

Lafayette 

 

6-0

 

Jr.

 

Drew Morton

 

Lexington Catholic

 

5-10

 

Sr.

 

Marcus Barron

 

Lafayette 

 

6-1

 

Sr.

MVP

Darnell Dialls

 

Lafayette 

 

6-8

 

Sr.

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Coach Damon Kelley and the Lafayette Generals for claiming the championship and earning a trip to the Sweet 16.  The Generals have been up and down this season but they have peaked at the right time.  It was truly a team effort and congratulations to the selection committee for voting T. J. Chinn to the All-Tournament Team.  Chinn gives 100% all the time, scraps hard on defense and contributes key baskets during some part of the game.  Darnell Dialls, Marcus Barron, Pete Gifford, and Nic Mullins all had good tourneys and when this unit is clicking, Lafayette is hard to beat.

Lexington Catholic finished the season 29-4 but the combination of a very good Lafayette squad and a depleted roster was too much to overcome.  Tates Creek coach Joe Pat Covington graduates five starters but he has a lot of talent, albeit young talent, returning on the roster.  Frankfort returns the majority of their squad and should be a big threat next season.  Aaron Dunaway put on a show in the third quarter of Frankfort’s semifinal loss to Lafayette.  Lafayette led 29-17 when Dunaway went to work scoring 15 of his team’s 17 points in the quarter before Lafayette regained momentum.

Acknowledgements
 
A special thanks to David Parke and Hugh Davis of Eastern Kentucky University for the hospitality extended me during my visit.  Also a big thanks to Hugh Davis, Glenn Gentry, Gary Long, and the WL Stats crew for the computer statistics provided for selected 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.