Inside the 7th Region (12/26/16)
The dust from the King of the Bluegrass tournament has settled and Trinity emerged as the winner of the prestigious tournament held at Fairdale High School. If there was any doubt about who the best team in the 7th Region was before the King of the Bluegrass then all of that doubt has been erased. Trinity is not only the best team in the 7th Region but they currently claim the crown of best team in the state and they have proven to deserve that title. Can they be stopped?
1. Trinity (8-1)
As mentioned Trinity emerged from the King of the Bluegrass unscathed as the 2016 KOB Champions. Led by Jay Scrubb (15.0 points/game), Lucas Burkman (14.1 points/game) and David Johnson (12.3 points/game) Trinity won the KOB with victories over #8 Cooper, #2 Fern Creek and #3 Covington Catholic. To get a better understanding of how Trinity is winning these games look no further than their statistics. Lucas Burkman is shooting 51.3% from the field, 47.2% from three, 81.5% from the FT line and is making almost 3 three pointers a game. Jay Scrubb is shooting 60.2% from the field, 52% from three and 88% from the FT line. When you can get this kind of efficiency from your two top scorers then the success we see Trinity having shouldn't be a surprise. Oh, and Jacob King should be back on the court in the near future. Up next for Trinity is Dobyns-Bennett(TN) in the Arby's Classic in Bristol, TN.
2. Ballard (5-2)
Ballard was also at the King of the Bluegrass and they went 2-2 at the KOB. They started off by defeating Ballard, then dropped a game to Bowling Green, defeated Allatoona, GA and then lost to Fern Creek. Clivonte Patterson is Ballard's leading scorer at 19.4 points a game and Jamil Wilson follows that up with 18.4 points a game. Patterson is also pulling down 10.6 rebounds a game as well. Up next for Ballard is Paducah Tilghman at the Wes Unseld Classic at Seneca on December 27th.
3. Waggener (6-4)
Waggener is sitting at 6-4 after going 2-1 at the Best in Hoops Classic with the lone loss coming from Bullitt East in the Championship game. Wins over Bryan Station and host Oldham County got Waggener into the Championship game against Bullitt East where they fell to Bullitt East by the score of 68-55. Jacquess Hobbs leads the team with his 17 points/game average and Jaago Kalakon adds 13.1 points a game. Both are shooting over 50% from the floor and Hobbs is chipping in 5 rebounds a game and Kalakon is at 6.1 rebounds per game. Up next for Waggener is the Suncoast Holiday Classic in Sarasota, FL. Enjoy the weather, good luck and safe travels!!!!
4. St. Xavier (5-3)
St. X last hit the court on December 17th against John Paul College from Australia and they won that game 81-37. Pierce Kiesler leads the team with his 17 points and 7 rebounds per game averages. St. X is headed to Orlando, FL as they will be playing in the Jim Clark Hornet Holiday Classic. Their first opponent, Trinity Catholic(FL). According to their schedule it looks like they have a four game guarantee as they being play on December 28th and could play another game on the 28th and then games on the 29th and 30th before they return home. Again, enjoy the weather, good luck and safe travels!!!!
5. Central (5-4)
Central was also in the Best in Hoops tournament but they didn't share the same success as Waggener did as Central went 1-2 while in the tournament. They had losses to DeSales and Lafayette but did enjoy a victory over 7th Region foe Manual. Devin Firman is leading Central with 17 points per game are looking to improve their record in the upcoming City of Middletown Holiday Classic where they will face off against the top team from the 5th Region in Bardstown. They will face off on December 27th and the City of Middletown Holiday Classic will be held at Eastern High School.
6. Christian Academy-Louisville (9-2)
The last time we saw CAL they were 2-2 and the #9 team in the 7th Region. 7 games and 7 wins later they are sitting at 9-2 and are heading into the Henry County Invitational with tons of momentum after emerging as the champions of the Berea Invitational Tournament. During the 7 game winning streak they put a whipping on Kentucky Country Day and have been rolling right along. Parker Jones is now up to 21 points per game, Kenneth Purvis is at 14.5 and Michael Woodward is at 11.1. Jones is also pulling down 10 rebounds a game as Jones looks to solidify himself as one of the best players in the 7th Region. CAL will start off the Henry County Invitational against East Jessamine on December 27th.
7. Male (4-5)
Male is currently marred in a three game losing streak having dropped two games at the Bardstown Holiday Classic to out of state guests Hoover (AL) and Christian Presbyterian Academy (TN) and then dropped a close one to Bardstown. Led by Hogan Brownley with his 15.3 points(60.2% from the floor) and 9.7 rebounds per game male is headed to the Meijer Holiday Classic at Bowling Green High School where they look to end their three game losing streak as they will face Greenwood on December 28th.
8. Eastern (4-5)
Eastern went 2-1 last week at the Clash of Titans tournament at Mercer County. After dropping their first game to Boyle County they finished with two wins against Campbellsville and Knott County Central. Eastern is led by Caleb Williams and his 14 points and 7 rebounds a game. Eastern will be hosting the City of Middletown Holiday Classic and they will face Meade County and Beechwood on December 27th.
9. Louisville Collegiate (8-4)
Louisville Collegiate rolls into the top 10 with an 8-4 record and a three game winning streak. Led by Ryan McDaniel and his 17.5 points per game and Barrett Myers and his 15.8 points a game Louisville Collegiate is enjoying a successful start to the season. Up next for Louisville Collegiate is Evangel Christian and then Bethlehem at the Beth Haven Holiday Classic beginning on December 28th.
10. Atherton (5-7)
Atherton rounds out the top 10 as they have enjoyed recent success by going 3-0 at the Cecilian Bank Tournament that was held at Breckenridge County. Atherton secured wins over Frederick Fraize, Grayson County and Breckenridge County. With Flynn Calnon leading the way with his 17 points a game average Atherton will face Danville on December 27th at South Oldham in the Mitchell F Irvin Classic.
11. Kentucky Country Day (3-4)
Kentucky Country Day has found themselves on the outside looking in for the top 10 in the 7th Region after dropping games to CAL and then Atherton. Anthony Mathis leads the team in scoring at 24.7 points a game and Solomon Mathis is scoring 15 points a game. Next up for KCD is Fern Creek in the Mitchell F Irvin Classic at South Oldham on December 27th.
12. Seneca (1-8)
Seneca has been struggling this season but they aren't as bad as their record looks. Keyontez Leach leads the team with 16 points per game as Seneca looks to gain some positive momentum as they host the Wes Unseld Classic this week. They will face Grant County first on December 27th.
13. Manual (1-8)
Manual like Seneca isn't as bad as their record looks. Having now lost their last 7 games after losing to Lafayette tonight Manual is in the unfamiliar position of being in the bottom half of the 7th Region. Currently playing in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic will likely get Manual prepared for the gauntlet that is the 7th Region. Noah Hawkins is Manual's leading scorer at 10 points per game.
14. St. Francis (4-5)
St. Francis recently went 1-2 at the KME Christmas Classic at Trigg County as they secured a victory over Clarksburg(TN) and dropped games to Trigg County and St. Mary. They will next face Portland Christian on January 3rd.
15. Brown (4-7)
Brown had dropped 6 straight games until grabbing a 60-59 victory over Evangel Christian on December 20th. Jared Fife leads the team in scoring at 15 points a game and Collin Bynum is adding 13 points a game. Frederick Fraize is next up for Brown on January 2nd.
16. Shawnee (0-9)
Shawnee is still searching for their first win of the season. Led by Amontay Mitchell and his 13 points per game Shawnee closest final margin has been 9 point losses and they look and hope to secure their first victory at the Mitchell F Irvin Classic at South Oldham. They will face host South Oldham on December 27th.
17. Portland Christian (3-5)
Portland Christian took a loss to Beth Haven last time they were on the court. Led in scoring by Quincy Dye's 26 points per game portland Christian is headed to the Beth Haven Holiday Classic where they look to exact some revenge on Beth Haven when they face them on December 28th.
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