Mar 14, 18, 12:12 AM #2
Mar 16, 18, 12:14 AM #3Oldham County used a strong defense to win its opener, 65-58, over McCracken County.
Though the Colonels didn't have their best shooting night, they saved their best for last, hitting 8 of 10 field goals in the fourth and also hitting 8 of 10 FTs to do something not much of anyone - if anyone - has done all year against the Mustangs: Score 25 points in one quarter.
Oldham's defense forced 17 turnovers, including six by the McCracken point guard, leading to 26 points.
The Colonels won points in the paint (36-20), points off turnovers (26-13), 2d chance points (6-0), and fast break points (6-2).
Zach Larimore (20 points on 7 of 10 shooting and 6 of 7 FTs) led the Colonels, with Travis Henderson adding 18 points and 7 rebounds and Jackson Gibson scoring 14 (10 in the fourth period). Andre Brewer added 9 points and 6 assists.
The Colonels (30-5) now face 10th region champ Campbell County (29-5) on Friday at 6:30 pm.
Pegasus Sports will air internet radio coverage of the game beginning at 5:30 pm at The Pegasus Sports Network - PSN
Mar 17, 18, 02:23 PM #4Oldham County, with the 56-55 victory over 10th Region champion Campbell County, has earned the a berth in the Final Four for the fourth time in school history.
In the early 60s, Oldham lost in the semi-finals to eventual state champs Wes Unseld and Seneca.....in the mid 80s, Oldham fell to eventual state champ Hopkinsville after losing a fourth quarter lead.
Oldham's last trip to the semi-finals came in 2012, under coach Jason Holland. Oldham County fell to Scott County by 13 points.
This is also only the third OCHS team to reach the 31 win plateau. The 1980 team, coached by Dave Hart, Jr., went 31-3 and reached the Sweet 16 (still the all-time best record for Oldham), and Holland's 2012 team went 31-6. That team was the only previous Colonel team to win 31 games and advance this far in the tourney.
This year's squad still has the opportunity to improve on both records, but to win #32 and to advance to a first-ever championship game, the Colonels will have to upset #2-ranked Covington Catholic.
Two "Colonels" teams - both in royal blue.
Oldham will try to ride the hot hand of Zach Larimore, who's averaging over 17 ppg during the post-season (nearly 6 points above his season average) and hitting well over 60% of his shots. Larimore hit 10 of 11 against Campbell County and scored 23 points.
live internet radio coverage begins at 7 pm ET tonight on The Pegasus Sports Network - PSN
Mar 29, 18, 10:28 AM #5Kudos to the Oldham County boys' basketball team. You represented yourselves, the school, and the 8th Region very well at Rupp.
Although I know the SF loss to CovCath was painful, Final Four appearances are hard to come by. Relish the moment and be proud of your accomplishment.