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5th Region Boys Basketball Week 3 Review

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Lots of movement this week as some teams bounced back from tough Week 1 and 2 slumps, others began to drop some games they were maybe expected to win, and a few weren't able to get a game in. John Hardin remains atop the standings on the strength of its head to head victory over Elizabethtown, and Thomas Nelson continues upward, as their shooting prowess jumped off the screen this week.


1- John Hardin Bulldogs- (3-0)

The Bulldogs had three games cancelled in Week 3 due to COVID-19

Upcoming Games: 1/27 v. Elizabethtown; 1/29 v. Christian Academy of Louisville; 
1/30 v. Ohio County



2- Elizabethtown Tigers- 3-1

The Tigers had both games in Week 3 cancelled due to COVID-19

Upcoming Games: 1/27 at John Hardin; 1/29 at Greenwood



3- LaRue County Hawks- (4-0)

Wins: 59-45 v. Glasgow

Losses: None

The Hawks got balanced scoring, with three players in double-digits in the scoring column, and seven more chipping in at least two in their only contest prior to two straight COVID-19 cancellations, with a third coming in Week 4, as the Trinity (Whitesville) game has already been scratched. 

Upcoming Games: 1/29 v. Green County; 1/30 at Thomas Nelson



4- Bardstown Tigers- (3-4)

Wins: 52-43 at Washington County; 

Losses: 73-71 at Christian Academy of Louisville; 69-46 v. St. Xavier

Following a poor shooting night in a victory over Washington County, the Tigers’ shooting woes continued throughout Week 3. A straight-shooting Thomas Nelson club comes to town Tuesday.

Upcoming Games: 1/26 v. Thomas Nelson; 1/29 v. Nelson County


5- North Hardin Trojans- (2-2)

Wins: None

Losses: 64-57 v. Dixie Heights (4-2)

The Trojans had one COVID-19 cancellation and fell in a close game to a good Dixie Heights team in the Will Harris Homes Classic at Central Hardin. They will make a return trip to Central for the first of two district showdowns on Friday.

Upcoming Games: 1/25 at Hart County; 1/29 at Central Hardin



6- Central Hardin Bruins- (2-1)

Wins: 51-33 v. Campbellsville (2-7)

Losses: 77-68 at Owensboro Catholic (7-1)

The Bruins shot 50% from the field, 47% from 3, and 81% from the charity stripe, and it wasn’t enough to lead them past 3rd Region power, Owensboro Catholic. Following the COVID-19 Cancellation of the scheduled contest against John Hardin, they bounced back at home against Campbellsville, led by strong performances by Hayden Ash and Landon Elmore.  

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Barren County; 1/29 v. North Hardin



7- Washington County Commanders- (7-2) 

Wins: 59-56 v. Cumberland County; 71-70 v. Hart County

Losses: 53-42 v. Bardstown

The All “A” Regional champs bounced back from a loss against Bardstown with two wins. It’s another busy week ahead for the Commanders. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Spencer County; 1/29 v. Bluegrass United (Lexington); 
1/30 v. Caverna



8- Thomas Nelson Generals- (7-2)

Wins: 73-50 v. Nelson County (3-6)

Losses: None

The Generals added only one win last in Week 3, but continued their strong shooting. Coach Kays’ squad is shooting a staggering 52% from three as a team on 161 attempts. Offense like that is difficult to sustain, but with 5 guys (Brown, Smith, Hogan, Downs, Keene) shooting better than 38% in the team’s first nine games, they appear capable of picking up the slack for a slumping teammate. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Bardstown; 1/29 at Bethlehem; 1/30 v. LaRue County



9-  Adair County Indians- (3-3)

Wins: 78-34 at Foundation Christian Academy

Losses: 59-58 at Casey County; 64-42 at South Warren

Despite two COVID-19 Cancellations, Adair County managed to squeeze three road games into Week 3, sandwiching a big win between a nail-biting loss and a big loss. Balanced scoring has buoyed AC, as four players are averaging double-figures. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 v. Taylor County; 1/29 at Campbellsville; 1/30 v. Monroe County



10- Green County Dragons- (6-2)

Wins: 63-27 at Nelson County; 66-36 at Caverna


The Dragons responded to their All “A” Finals loss with a pair of convincing road wins in Week Three. Led by Seniors, Gunner Bush and Kellen Whitlow and Freshman, Hayden Blakeman, Coach Young & Co. continue to jump up in the rankings.

Upcoming Games: 1/25 v. Christian Educational Consortium (Louisville); 1/29 at LaRue County



11- Marion County- (2-5)

The Knights did not play any games in Week 3 due to COVID-19. They are losing ground here, not because of their lack of games, but because I am becoming a believer in Thomas Nelson.

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Campbellsville; 1/29 at Taylor County



12- Taylor County Cardinals- (3-3)

Wins: 79-20 v. Foundation Christian Academy; 80-65 v. Hart County; 69-58 at Campbellsville

Losses: None

The Cardinals took the first steps in turning the young season around by winning three straight in Week 3, and averaging 76 points per game in the three contests. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Adair County; 1/29 v. Marion County; 1/30 v. Central Kentucky HomeSchool



13- Hart County Raiders- (2-5)

Wins: None

Losses: 62-53 at Barren County; 80-65 at Taylor County; 71-70 at Washington County

The Raiders have dropped three straight since opening the season with wins in two of the first three.

Upcoming Games: 1/25 v. North Hardin; 1/26 v. Edmonson County; 1/29 at Mercer County



14- Nelson County Cardinals- (3-6)

Wins: 37-29 at Eminence (0-5)

Losses: 63-27 v. Green County (6-2); 73-50 at Thomas Nelson (7-2)

The Cardinals picked up a victory over a re-tooling Eminence team between a pair of shellackings at the hands of regional foes. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 at Bethlehem; 1/29 at Bardstown; 1/30 at Grayson County



15- Campbellsville Eagles- (2-7)

Wins: None

Losses: 47-38 @ Clinton County; 69-58 v. Taylor County; 51-33 at Central Hardin

The Eagles are keeping themselves in striking distance despite poor offensive output. Adair County comes to town capable of posting big numbers.

Upcoming Games: 1/29 v. Adair County



16- Caverna Colonels- (0-5)

Wins: None

Losses: 67-62 at Danville Christian; 66-36 v. Green County

The Colonels are still looking for their first win.

Upcoming Game: 1/26 at Foundation Christian Academy; 1/30 at Washington County


17- Bethlehem Eagles- (0-9)


Losses: 65-40 v. Evangel Christian; 63-55 v. Glasgow

The Eagles couldn’t keep the Scotties off the glass in the eight-point loss. 

Upcoming Games: 1/26 v. Nelson County; 1/29 v. Thomas Nelson

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