12th Annual T. G. I. Friday's
S. T. Roach Classic

Paul L. Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky
January 14, 2006

Copyright 2006 Ron Harrison

Mr. Sanford T. Roach

The games today will be played at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Gymnasium, which has been dedicated the S. T. Roach Sports Center.  Mr. Roach is one of the all-time high school coaching legends who also excelled in the areas of education and public service.

Coach Roach posted a record of 98-24 at Bate High School in Danville.  Coach Roach then coached at the original Paul Dunbar High School from 1948-1956 compiling a record of 285-93.  This included two Kentucky High School Athletic League state championships and second and third placements on two occasions each.  Dunbar then became a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association when he had a record of 227-50.  This included two state tourney runner-ups and a third place finish.

Coach Roach’s Dunbar teams captured eight district titles, six Region 11 championships, and a career record of 610-167.  However remarkable his record was in athletics, his accomplishments in education and the community were equally impressive.  An acquaintance once told me, “Coach Roach molded great players and even better young men”.

2006 S. T. Roach Classic Schedule

2:15 PM

Knox Central

vs.

Lafayette

4:00 PM

Sheldon Clark

vs.

Bryan Station

5:45 PM

West Jessamine

vs.

Paul Dunbar

7:30 PM

Harrodsburg

vs.

Tates Creek

Game 1  Knox Central (3-10) vs. Lafayette (10-3)

Knox Central coach Brad Elam started the following lineup:  5-11 Sr. Paul Hembree, 6-1 So. Corey Williamson, 6-4 8th grader Cody Miller, 5-8 Fr. Corey Smith, and 5-10 Jr. Craig Bargo.  Lafayette coach Damon Kelley countered with 6-3 Sr. Greg Leslie, 5-10 So. Dante Stewart, 6-8 Sr. Tyler Wilkerson, 6-1 Sr. Pete Gifford, and 5-10 So. Tommy Gifford.

Lafayette’s raced out to a 33-9 first quarter lead on their way to a decisive 98-50 victory over Knox Central today.  Lafayette had 12 players seeing action today, ranging from 2:44 to 21:21 with 11 players cracking the scoring column.  The Generals also scored 46 points off 30 Knox Central turnovers. 

Lafayette shot 48.8% from the field, including 12 of 30 from beyond the arc.  Lafayette connected on six of 10 free throws, and pulled down 48 rebounds.  Knox Central shot 38% from the field, connected on seven of 13 free throws, and grabbed 29 rebounds.

Dante Stewart was named player of the game and led the victors with 24 points.  Pete Gifford added 18 points and 11 assists while Tyler Wilkerson recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Tommy Gifford chipped in with 15 points on five three point baskets.  Paul Hembree and Craig Bargo led Knox Central with 13 and 11 points respectively. 

Knox Central

9

10

15

16

-

50

Lafayette

33

34

17

14

-

98


Knox Central

(50) -

Hembree 13, Williamson 9, Miller 4, Smith 0, Bargo 10, Brown 2, Micelli 3, Messer 7, Bingham 2.

Lafayette

(98) -

Leslie 2, Stewart 24, Wilkerson 17, P. Gifford 18, T. Gifford 15, Yates 2, Shaw 6, Bauman 4, Williams 4, Burke 4, Bunch 2.

Game 2  Sheldon Clark (7-8) vs. Bryan Station (10-4)

Sheldon Clark coach J. R. Hammond started the following lineup:  6-3 Sr. Brandon May, 6-1 So. Damon Hensley, 6-3 Sr. Shawn Johnson, 6-1 Sr. Juan Carlos Torres, and 5-6 So. Jaryd Crum.  Bryan Station coach Champ Ligon countered with 6-5 Jr. Jaron Jones, 6-3 Jr. Stefan Lewis, 6-6 Sr. Justin Jones, 5-11 Sr. De’ire Foxx, and 6-2 So. Shelvin Mack.

Bryan Station led Sheldon Clark at halftime 33-31 and outscored the Cardinals 23-6 in the third quarter on their way to a 73-54 victory.  Bryan Station scored 29 points off 25 Sheldon Clark turnovers and held a 42-8 advantage in bench scoring.

Bryan Station shot 36.3% from the field, connected on 11 of 18 free throws and pulled down 56 rebounds.  Sheldon shot 32.7% from the floor, was 14 of 23 from the free throw line and grabbed 37 rebounds.

Bryan Station was led today by 6-2 Sr. Kearney Demus who was named player of the game and tallied 19 points and nine rebounds.  Stefan Lewis added 13 points and nine rebounds and 6-3 So. Terrell Combs chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.  Jaron Jones also reached double figures with 11 points.  Brandon May led Sheldon Clark with 20 points including four of six from beyond the arc and pulled down 11 rebounds.  Jaryd Crum added 12 points.

Sheldon Clark

15

16

6

17

-

54

Bryan Station

20

13

23

17

-

73


Sheldon Clark

(54) -

May 20, Hensley 6, Johnson 6, Torres 2, Crum 12, Shimko 2, Fluty 2, Hinkle 4.

Bryan Station

(73) -

Jaron Jones 11, Lewis 13, Justin Jones 0, Foxx 1, Mack 6, Johnson 3, Cloyd 1, Demus 19, Howard 3, Burnett 2, Rodgers 2, Combs 12.

Game 3  West Jessamine (7-10) vs. Paul L. Dunbar (8-8)

West Jessamine coach Bart Flener the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Brian Johnson, 6-3 Jr. Zack Fain, 6-2 Sr. Eric Coker, 5-10 Sr. Steven Brooks, and 5-11 Sr. Joey Sideranko.  Paul Dunbar coach Carl "Redd" Hutchinson countered with 6-3 So. D’Andre Webb, 5-9 Fr. Marquis Clay, 6-6 Sr. Deontay Wright, 5-11 Fr. Nick Hudson, and 5-11 So. Dion Johnson.

Dunbar led 40-38 with 5:21 remaining in the game but West Jessamine went on an 8-0 run to take a 46-40 lead with 1:46 remaining on the clock.  West Jessamine hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for a 50-47 victory.  Dunbar led at the previous quarter steps 19-7, 28-24, and 38-36 before West Jessamine rallied for the victory.

West Jessamine shot 34.5% from the field, connected on 12 of 18 free throws, and pulled down 41 rebounds.  Paul Dunbar shot 39.1% from the field, connected on only nine of 23 free throws and grabbed 34 rebounds.

Brian Johnson was named player of the game and led West Jessamine with 29 points and 15 rebounds.  Zack Fain added 10 points.  Deontay Wright led Dunbar with 17 points and 14 rebounds.  Dion Johnson added 10 points.

West Jessamine

7

17

12

14

-

50

Paul L. Dunbar

19

9

10

9

-

47


West Jessamine

(50) -

Johnson 29, Fain 10, Coker 0, Brooks 2, Sideranko 9.

Paul L. Dunbar

(47) -

D’Andre Webb 4, Hudson 7, Wright 17, Clay 2, Johnson 10, Davis 3, Delreo Webb 2, Dunson 2.

Game 4  Harrodsburg (5-9) vs. Tates Creek (9-6)

Harrodsburg coach Chad Luhman started the following lineup:  5-11 Sr. Chrys Jones, 6-3 Jr. Chase Wofford, 6-5 Sr. Kenton Masterson, 5-8 Jr. Cory Jackson, and 5-8 Fr. Tyler Mays.  Tates Creek coach Joe Pat Covington countered with 6-4 Jr. John Watkins, 6-5 Sr. Patrick Workman, 6-4 Jr. James Johnson, 5-10 So. Mike Spalding, and 6-2 So. Michael Sparks

Tates Creek raced out to a 50-18 halftime lead on their way to a 94-48 victory over Harrodsburg.  Tates Creek scored 28 points off 25 Harrodsburg turnovers and enjoyed a 39-6 advantage in bench scoring.

Tates Creek shot 56.9% from the field, connected on 16 of 27 free throws and pulled down 46 rebounds.  Harrodsburg shot 32.1% from the field, connected on seven of 11 free throws and grabbed 27 rebounds.

John Watkins was named player of the game and led Tates Creek with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.  Michael Sparks also tallied 15 points.  5-11 Sr. Dyron Carter, Patrick Workman, and James Johnson also reached double figures with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.  Chrys Jones and Cory Jackson led Harrodsburg with 20 and 13 points respectively.

Harrodsburg

8

10

20

10

-

48

Tates Creek

23

27

22

22

-

94


Harrodsburg

(48) -

Jones 20, Wofford 4, K. Masterson 0, Jackson 13, Mays 5, Williams 6.

Tates Creek

(94) -

Watkins 15, Workman 11, Johnson 10, Spalding 4, Sparks 15, Baldwin 3, Stone 2, Gills 7, Carter 12, Bond 3, Floyd 4, Thomas 1, Dowlen 7.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to WL Stats and the Paul Dunbar stats crew for the computer statistics provided for today's games.  Also a special thanks to Mr. Martinez for putting together a very informative well-done printed program for this event.  The hospitality extended me by the entire Dunbar athletic staff was greatly appreciated.


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

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