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Who Benefits Most From Delays?

By JokersWild24 - Lots of ways you can go with this one. I think the delays favor teams who are well coached because there's more prep time for the first game, then a quicker turnaround after each night. Same goes for teams who are more athletic. Different on bodies playing 3 games in 3 days, at least of that intensity level, and it's going to favor the kids who played in similar circumstances in big AAU events over the summer. You can go on the other side of the coin at the same time too. One of the things that got me thinking about this thread and topic was a first round district game between... Read More →

13th Region Tournament Preview

By Les - For the past two seasons, the Clay County Tigers have owned 13th Region competition, winning the 13th Region Tournament crown the past two years, and now they're going for their third title in a row. The last time a team accomplished the feat was when the South Laurel Cardinals did it in 2006, 07 and 08. So can the the Tigers three-peat? "We're going to do what we do best ó take one game at a time," Clay County coach Robert Marcum said. "The bracket we are in is very loaded, so the best thing we can do is to take things one game at a time." Knox Central, Williamsburg and Barbourville are... Read More →

"The right way"

By PurplePride92 - I see this said all of the time in regards to AAU but I don't know what it means. When someone says an AAU program "does things the right way" what does that mean to you? I feel like this has many different meanings to people and I feel like people throw shade at AAU programs that don't do things the way they think they should. I have all kinds of opinions on AAU and the whole structure of it and all of the different programs involved in it. At the end of the day, each family has to find a fit that is right for them and their kid. Sometimes even the kids don't know what the right fit is... Read More →

Defending Ball Screens

By JokersWild24 - Kind of a coaching philosophy question, but how do you do it if you have your way? Do you go over and only help off when absolutely necessary (my preference)? Do you hedge and show help, then let your guy fighting through the screen recover (I don't like it, because if he can't get through the screen, that says something about him defensively, but is it a necessary evil)? Do you switch, especially if the other team is quicker than you? If you switch, do you switch most everyone (unless it means an awful mismatch) or do you have rules on who you switch? If you have rules, what do... Read More →

2015 5th Region Tournament Preview

By All State Baseball - The 5th Region could be one of the best regions in Kentucky, no clear cut favorite and several teams close behind the favorites. This one should be a dozy of a region tournament. Favorites: Taylor County (25-4): The Cardinals have been the top team in the 5th region and have won 9 straight. Quention Goodin will be the player that leads the Cardinals. Qeuntin comes into the regional tournament averaging 21.7 PPG. Taylor County has two more players averaging double figures in scoring, Brandon Berry (15.9) and David Sloan (12.7) Read More →

2015 3rd Region Tournament Preview

By All State Baseball - Itís that time again, Regional Tournament is here, and it happens all across the bluegrass. The 3rd region will be one of the best regional tournaments across the state as there is no favorite. Favorite: Owensboro (24-4): The Red Devils are the most hottest team in the 3rd region and have dominated just about everyone in their path. Owensboro has 3 players averaging 15+ PPG. Aric Holman, Justin Miller and Dorion Marrow. Close Behind: Read More →

12th Region Tournament Preview

By SHS Future - 12th Region Tournament Preview The competition in this yearís 12th Region Tournament is the best I have seen in many years and matched by only a few other regions across the state. The two time defending 12th Region champions Wayne County Cardinals are vying for their 3rd straight trip to Rupp Arena but this will be the most difficult challenge they will have had to reach that goal. This is the best time of the year for basketball fans and the 12th Region Tournament begins Wednesday night. Here is a breakdown of the eight remaining teams that will be competing to cut down the nets a week... Read More →

2015 9th Region Tournament Preview

By Walter - Over the years, the 9th Region Tournament has provided some of the most exciting games in the state. "The Greatest Show on Earth," as they called it several years ago, is back once again and this year should prove to be yet another fun and exciting event. Let's jump right in to the details and preview the match ups. Schedule: Wednesday March 4th 6:30 Covcath v Newport 8:00 Cooper v St Henry Friday March 6th 6:30 Newcath v Holmes Read More →

11th Region Tournament Preview

By JokersWild24 - "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown". That's been my theme for the 11th all year. Now we're down to 8, and we see why that's even more true. For one, district play eliminated the team who wore last year's crown, as Henry Clay defeated Scott County. It also eliminated a team that many had crowned the best in the region at one point in LCA. Finally, the weight of the crown as my Preseason #1 ranking was also apparently too heavy for Dunbar, who led most of the way against Lexington Catholic before faltering late. Whoever wears the crown now, whether it be district winners... Read More →

Inside the 1st Region, Regional Preview

By Region 1 Basketball - Wednesday: 6:00Ballard Memorial (17-12) vs. Carlisle County (19-8): Ballard Memorial -3rd District Runner-up, defeated Mayfield 76-62 and lost to Graves Co. 58-44. Carlisle County-1st District Champion, defeated Hickman County 69-54 and Fulton City, 59-50 Previous Games: January 3rd: Ballard Memorial 49 Carlisle County 44 February 13th: Ballard Memorial 71 Carlisle County 53 Read More →

Inside 14th Region - Regional Tournament Edition

By All State Baseball - The 2014/15 basketball season has came and gone like the a bolt of lightning, as we are now in regional tournaments all across the Bluegrass, letís take a look at the 14th Region Tournament. Favorite: Knott County Central (27-2): For the past 3 years the Patriots have dominated this region, running over everyone who gets in their path. The Patriots come in at 27-2 overall this season but 15-0 against region teams. Since taking over for David Fraley, who led Knott County Central to the KHSAA Sweet 16, BB King is 130-31 overall, 80-11 against region opponents and 44-1 against district... Read More →

2015 16th Region Tournament Preview

By GB32 - Round 1 Boyd County vs Elliott County- Can the Lions win a region game for the first time since 2000? The drought is having over the Lions head. Elliott County has been steady all year long with a balanced attack led by the Griffith twins, Howell/Holbrook towers, and eighth grade sensation Corbin Spencer. The emergence of Logan Thovsen has complimented Bobby Anderson and Conner Gauze well down the stretch. Who wins the battle of the Lions? The pick: Boyd County Rowan County vs Greenup County- Revenge game for the Vikings after last year's region loss to the Musketeers. The Musketeers... Read More →

2015 10th Region Tournament Preview

By Randy Parker - 2015 10th Region Region Tournament Preview Mason County's historic Fieldhouse is again the site for the 10th Region Tournament. Aric Russell's Campbell County Camels claimed last year's crown and could very well cut the nets again, but judging by regular season standards, the favorite is host Mason County.The Royals largely plowed through the 10th Region from the season's outset until now, earning 15 wins and a big fat zilch in the loss department. Paris and Pendleton County enter as the most surprising District champions out of the 40th and 38th Districts, respectively. Harrison County... Read More →

Inside the 15th Region - Regional Touranment Edition

By 15th Region - 15th Region Tournament Overview: Itís always great to see the banners from all the schoolís (past and present) hanging in the East Kentucky EXPO Center in March. It lets us know tournament time is upon us and that all the hard work from summer conditioning and travel ball, to mid-season film study, to District tournament pregame walk throughs has paid off. This yearís field should make for an exciting week of basketball as we preview each match-up, but before we get to the 15th Region Tournament, letís revisit our District Tournaments and see what we got right and what we got wrong.... Read More →

Inside the 8th Region 3-1-15

By ColonelMike - The Region tournament is finally here, and six teams return from last year, with two newcomers. It will be hard to match the drama of the 2014 tournament, won by South Oldham. Last year's tourney featured six games decided by 8 or fewer points, and three of those went to overtime, including South's 60-57 win over Simon Kenton in the finals. Only Oldham County's 13 point win over Henry County in the first round had a double-digit margin - and even that game was no cakewalk for the victors. The 29th district has won the last four titles....and no team outside the "current" 29th and... Read More →