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MOUNT WASHINGTON - Just three days after South Oldham had connected on 19 three-pointers and scored 109 points against Shelby County, the Bullitt East Chargers held the Dragons to six three-pointers in a 78-52 victory.
The win moved Bullitt East to 4-0 to open the season. The Chargers had a game with Oldham County earlier this week before they start play in the prestigious King of the Bluegrass Holiday Tournament at Fairdale High School on Friday.
“I thought we really did a good job defending the three-pointers,” Bullitt East head coach Troy Barr said a few days later. “They are always a good three-point shooting team. Coach (Steve) Simpson sort of builds his program around that.”
South Oldham made only six of 24 three-pointers on Friday.
“I was real happy with that,” Barr said. “We gave up a couple late when the game was out of reach. I just through our kids did a fantastic job. We took away the uncontested shot.”
Bullitt East (4-0) also won the rebounding battle 32 to 25 as well as forcing 25 turnovers. The Chargers also handed out 15 assists.
After having just the five starters score in the previous game against Butler, the Chargers had nine players score in this win. Derek Willis led the way with 19 points and the Chargers also got 14 points by Rusty Troutman, 11 each from Luke Francke and Kory Caufield and 10 points by Elliott Young.
At Bullitt East
SOUTH OLDHAM 52 (17-7-14-14) Ma. Haysley 4, Mi. Haysley 8, Goodlett 10, Jones 6, Cantinna 8, Greenwood 3, Young 13.
BULLITT EAST 78 (19-20-17-22) Luke Francke 11, Trey Rakes 7, Rusty Troutman 14, Derek Jones 2, Kory Caufield 11, Elliott Young 10, Chris Embry 2, Derek Willis 19, Reese Hardin 2.
KOB Next for BE
The competition will get infinitely harder for Bullitt East starting on Friday as they open play in the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale High School.
The Chargers will open play in the 16-team event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Central High School.
This was set up as a marquee game of the tournament, but they shifted some when 6-4 Central sophomore D’Angelo Russell, the number six player in the pre-season coaches’ poll of players in Kentucky, transferred to Montverde (Fla.) Academy two weeks before the season started.
Still, this is a talented Central squad that stands at 5-0 with impressive wins over Eastern and Male.
“They are still a very talented team,” Barr said. “They are small, but quick. They shoot it very well. They will bring a lot of pressure and try to force turnovers.”
Bullitt East will play again on Monday no matter the outcome on Friday. They will take on either Moore or Bardstown at 7:30 p.m.
“It is one of the top tournaments in the country,” Barr said of the KOB. “Fairdale has been good to us. They have given us an open invitation if we feel we are good enough to be in it. It is good to be able to stay at home and play against top competition.”
This year’s tournament includes six of the top eight teams in the pre-season coaches’ poll as well as four of the top seven players in the state.