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BC grabs key district win over Moore

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Forget that the Moore Mustangs came into Bullitt Central's gym with only two wins this season.

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Cougar coach Joe Pat Lee saw an athletic, strong team that had played an extremely tough schedule.

But, in the end, Bullitt Central completely controlled the second half en route to a big 59-46 district victory.

The two could meet next month in the opening round of the district tournament.

Leading just 31-29 at halftime, Lee was extremely pleased with his team's defensive effort in the second half. The visitors could only score 17 points after intermission.

"We did a much better job defensively in the second half," said Lee, whose team is now 12-4 on the season. "We wanted to make some stops and get some rebounds."

Game plan executed to a tee.

Senior Zach Humphrey got the third quarter started off right when he drilled a three-pointer. With the Cougars leading 36-32, Humphrey nailed a three pointer, which was followed by a Zach Martin layup and two baskets from Jacob Wampler.

Humphrey would score off a rebound and Cameron Dukes ended the 12-0 run with a layup for a 46-32 lead.

In the fourth quarter, it was Brett Bourland who used his muscle to expand the lead.

Bourland would score the Cougars' first seven points of the final stanza en route to a 21-point evening.

It took a LeVonte Evans' three-pointer to drop the final margin to 59-46.

"It was a big win for us," said Lee. "Moore is athletic and physical. Moore has played a tough schedule."

Lee was most impressed with the defensive effort. But, he also liked the execution of the offense.

Trying to spread the offense, Lee said  his team go a good job spreading the floor and making good passes off the drives.

Some of that driving even included the team's biggest player, Bourland.

The big center has good skills and Lee is not afraid to let him play out on the floor.

"I think our guards did a good job running the offense and they handled the fall well," said Lee.

With the unusual schedule due to missing school for Mother Nature, Lee said he was worried about this game.

"Guys have routines," said Lee. "When you are out of school, you get out of routines."

Overall, he was very pleased with the team's focus and the ability to run and to execute plays.

"I like where we're at now," said Lee.

Humphrey was the leading scorer for the game with 22 points. Lee would like  him to be even more aggressive.

Bourland had another double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

 

At BULLITT CENTRAL (13-18-15-13) 59 -- Zach Humphrey 22, Brett Bourland 20, Cameron Dukes 8, Jacob Wampler 6, Zach Martin 2

Moore (9-20-8-9) 46 -- Kenote Smith 19, Justin Richardson 12, Simpson 11, LeVonte Evans 3, Weaver 1