6th Region Tournament Wrapup/Butler - State Tournament Preview
After being the frontrunner for most of the 2018-19 season, Butler outlasted Bullitt East 52-48 to capture the 2019 6th Region boys' basketball title at Valley High School on Saturday, March 2.
Butler's journey to the 6th Region championship started with a convincing victory over Jeffersontown in the opening round of the tournament. The Bears pulled away to defeat Jeffersontown 73-52 in the 6th Region Quarterfinals. In the other games played in the 6th Region Quarterfinals it was Bullitt East 58, Moore 46; Pleasure Ridge Park 75, DeSales 59 and Bullitt Central 65, Fairdale 55.
The Bears downed Bullitt Central 57-44 in the 6th Region Semifinals. In the other game played in the 6th Region Semifinals, Bullitt East topped Pleasure Ridge Park 45-42.
Cameron Underwood scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Willard Minter netted 11 points as Butler beat Bullitt East in the 6th Region title game.
Butler shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field in the region title matchup. The Bears were 6-of-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range.
Butler pulled out the hard-fought win in the region title game despite shooting only 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from the free throw line.
Nine different Butler players provided scoring in the title-clinching victory over Bullitt East. Maurice Tolley tossed in seven points while Marquis Dorsey posted six points.
With the win, Butler improved to 25-7.
Butler is on a nine-game winning streak heading into the state tournament. Through 32 games, Tolley (13 ppg) and Minter (10 ppg) are averaging double figures in scoring for the Bears. As a team, Butler is shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from 3-point range and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
Butler will face 14th Region champion Perry County Central (19-12) in the opening round of the Boys' Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in Lexington at noon on Thursday, March 7. The Commodores defeated crosstown rival Hazard 53-48 in the 14th Region title game on Saturday, March 2. Perry County Central will carry a seven-game winning streak into the state tournament.
Noah Back (18.0 ppg) ranks as the Commodores' leading scorer. Both Back and Noah Caudill (12.8 ppg) average double figures in scoring for 14th Region title winner Perry County Central. As a team, Perry County Central is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
Regardless of its outcome in the state tournament, Butler will own the best record among 6th Region boys' basketball teams in the 2018-19 season.
6th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament
Monday, Feb. 25
Bullitt 58, Moore 46
Pleasure Ridge Park 75, DeSales 59
Bullitt Central 65, Fairdale 55
Butler 73, Jeffersontown 52
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Bullitt East 45, Pleasure Ridge Park 42
Butler 57, Bullitt Central 44
Saturday, March 2
Butler 52, Bullitt East 48