10th Region: Top 5 Performers- Sort of (Weeks 11 & 12)
Here is our every-other-week 10th Region Top 5 Performers list. The rankings below reflect Weeks 11 & 12 of the basketball season. For the first time all season we have a tie, so this Top 5 list is actually 6. Enjoy the list & tell us where we're right or wrong.
#1- Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County)-It's only fitting that the Region's best player on the Region's best team earns the #1 spot as the regular season has ended. But Prewitt didn't earn this spot in name alone. The senior standout went for 31 points, 8 boards & 6 blocks vs. Scott to kick off Weeks 11 & 12. He followed that up with 42 points & 8 boards in a 30-point road victory vs. Augusta. In a win over Harlan County, Prewitt poured in 33 points & pulled down 6 boards & then ended the regular season with 25 points & 6 rebounds at Harrison County.
#2- Alex Trentman (Bishop Brossart)- The Mustangs athletic forward doesn't get the points that some of the other top players in the Region get, but in Weeks 11 & 12 Trentman cleaned the glass, pulling down 11 boards in 3 straight games. The first of the three outings was the most important for his team & is a big reason why he comes in at #2. With the top seed in the 37th District Tournament on the line, the 6'6" junior went for 14 points, 11 boards & 4 steals in a huge win over Scott. In the next game vs. Lloyd, Trentman had a monster night of 21 points & 11 rebounds. Then in the regular season finale at Mason County, the 'Stangs big man had just 6 points, but pulled down 11 more rebounds in a 44-39 win that enabled his team to remain undefeated vs. 10th Region opponents.
#3- Brent Bach (Augusta)- Augusta's junior guard has been filling the scoring column all year long & he didn't let up as the regular season came to a close. In the shootout with Omar Prewitt, Bach had an impressive night himself, scoring 33 points, including a 14-14 performance from the charity stripe. In a Friday night showdown with cross-county rival Bracken County, Bach again pumped in 33 points. The highlight of Weeks 11 & 12, though, was a 38 point performance in a double-overtime loss to Rowan County.
#4- Nate McGovney (Campbell County)- It's great to have the senior swingman on this list one time during the 2012-13 season. Having battled injuries both in the off-season as well as during the season, McGovney seems to be hitting his stride. The senior went for 18 points in an overtime road win vs. Simon Kenton & it was his 15-footer that sent the game into the extra session. He later scored 22 points in a road win vs. Pendleton County & then posted a double-double of 18 points & 10 rebounds in a 55-54 loss to Fleming County last week.
Tie #5- Steven Chambers (Mason County)- His teammate & fellow post player Shawn Johnson has been solid all season, but it's no coincidence that the Royals recent resurgence has come at a time when Chambers has played some of his best basketball. The athletic forward went for 13 points & 13 rebounds in a home win over Rowan County & then scored a game-high 21 points in a convincing home victory over Harrison County. Chambers is currently the #2 scorer & #2 rebounder (behind Johnson in both categories) for a Royals squad that has been playing very well of late.
Tie #5- Philip Jefferson (Bracken County)- It hasn't been the easiest year for the Polar Bears, but the boys from Brooksville have finished the season as one of the 10th's hottest teams & much of the credit can go to their leading scorer and senior guard Jefferson. In the Polar Bears final loss of the season vs. Augusta, Jefferson went for 14 points, but he has been a catalyst in two nice wins this past week. The 5'11" senior scored a career-high 27 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, in leading the Bears to a 59-56 win at Villa Madonna. And just two days ago, Jefferson poured in 20 points in Bracken's 76-68 home victory over Newport.