By JAMES BROWN
Four teams entered. Two teams survived.
Barren County and Monroe County won their respective first round Boys’ 15th District Tournament games Tuesday night at BCHS and will meet in the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday night at the same location. The Trojans and the Falcons are playing for the district title for the third time in four years.
The two teams faced different depths of tests in the first round. Barren beat Glasgow 65-39 and only trailed for one minute in the game. Monroe County beat Allen County-Scottsville 59-47 in a game that was tied six times and had five lead changes.
In the early game, Barren County took the lead for good on a field goal by Tyler Mosby with 3:14 left in the first quarter. Mosby’s basket sparked a 16-3 run by the Trojans over the next six minutes of the game. Barren led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter and 19-6 when Garrett Arterburn hit a jumper with 5:20 left in the second quarter.
Barren pushed its lead to 20 points, 32-12, on a 3-pointer by Will Bandy. The Trojans led 32-13 at the break.
Glasgow opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run and closed the deficit to 12 points, 36-24, with 3:46 left in the quarter. Ben Hughes scored eight of his game-high 26 points during the run.
Barren blunted the Scotties’ rally on an offensive rebound putback by Jared Coomer, which tipped off a 19-0 run. With 6:04 left in the game, the Trojans led by 31 points, 55-24.
Mason Reed gave Barren a scoring boost off the bench. He led the Trojans with 18 points, while Bandy scored 15 and Coomer finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Trojans improved their record to 17-14 with the victory, while the Scotties’ season ends at 4-24.
Monroe County 59, Allen County 47
Monroe and Allen split their two regular season games, with each winning at home. On the neutral court at Barren County, the Falcons seized control of the game early in the fourth quarter, then survived a barrage of missed free throws late to advance to the district title game Friday.
Monroe led the entire second half, but not by more than eight points, until 3:59 left in the game when Tucker Kirkpatrick buried a 3-pointer. The made shot pushed the Falcons ahead by double digits, 49-39. Less than 30 seconds later, Billy Michael Dyer added a pair of free throws to give Monroe its biggest lead of 12 points.
Kerby Carver converted a traditional 3-point play nine seconds later to pull Allen to within nine points. Dyer answered with a 3-pointer 16 seconds after that. Sam Clark nailed a 3 – his only bucket of the game – to keep Allen within nine points, but with only 1:45 left in the game.
The Patriots began to foul intentionally in order to extend the game. The Falcons obliged as they hit only 5 of 13 foul shots in the final two minutes of the game, but their defense was good enough to close out the win. The Patriots made only one field goal after Clark’s 3-pointer.
Dyer led all scorers with 21 points, while Kirkpatrick added 12 points and eight rebounds for Monroe.
Carver led Allen County with 16 points.
The Falcons improved to 16-12 with the win. The Patriots’ season ends at 10-19.