Chargers fall in consolation game of KOB tourney

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By Mike Farner

      FAIRDALE - Consolation bracket games are never easy for any basketball team, but playing in the third-place game of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic last Sunday was especially tough for Bullitt East...as well as Madison Central.

     In the end, the Chargers lost for a second straight night, falling 64-58.

     First off, both teams had put a great deal of effort and emotion into the semi-finals the night before with both losing in the final seconds. Bullitt East had defending (and eventual tournament champion) Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) on the ropes before falling 52-51.

     The Indians were pretty much in the same boat, losing to Kentucky pre-season number one Ballard 88-86. Madison Central (9-3) had already played two overtime games earlier in the tournament.

     To top it all off, the two teams had played each other just eight days earlier, 15 miles away. That night, Bullitt East had prevailed 72-66 against the state's fourth-ranked team in the Thornton's Showdown at Valley High School.

     It is easy to see why the second meeting did not have the intensity of the first.

     Nothing was decided in the first half as the two teams were deadlocked at 28-28 when Derek Willis knocked down a hook shot just before the buzzer. That was not a positive tie as the Chargers had led 21-14 early in the second quarter.

     In the second half, the Indians outscored Bullitt East by two points in the third quarter and then four points in the last frame to get the win.

     This was the second time that Bullitt East could not contain Madison Central senior Dominque Hawkins who collected 28 points in the win including four three-pointers. Hawkins, who has a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky, had scored 29 points in the first meeting.

     The Indians also got 17 points from Quan Taylor.

     Bullitt East (9-2) was led by Rusty Troutman with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Willis collected 14 points with six rebounds. Willis also handed out a season-high six assists along with blocking three shots. Elliot Young had 11 points and five rebounds.

     After the fourth game in as many days, both Troutman and Willis were named to the All-Tournament Team.

     After a short break for Christmas, the Chargers were back on the road last week, playing in the Whataburger Classic in Dallas. Read a report on that event in next Monday's edition of The Pioneer News.

King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic At Fairdale

Third-Place Game

     BULLITT EAST 58 (13-15-16-14) Trey Rakes 8, Rusty Troutman 18, Hunter Noffsinger 5, Derek Jones 2, Elliot Young 11, Derek Willis 14.

     MADISON CENTRAL 64 (8-20-18-18) George Walker 3, Daniel Pike 9, Ken-Jah Bosley 7, Dominque Hawkins 28, Quan Taylor 17.