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LEXINGTON - The Bullitt East Chargers started 2013 on a high note Saturday, rolling past traditional state power Lexington Catholic in the Dunkin Donuts National Tournament.
Coach Troy Barr’s team pushed the lead to 27 points against the state’s pre-season number nine team before the final score showed a 73-60 victory.
“Their best player was out,” Barr said a few days later of Jack Whitman, a 6-9 center who has signed with William and Mary, who had suffered a concussion a few days earlier. “Still, it’s Lexington Catholic. They are one of the best programs in the state. It was on their home floor and our effort was strong.”
Bullitt East has been working on making the extra pass since returning from Texas and that worked to perfection in this game as the Chargers had 29 field goals on 24 assists.
“It was a lot of fun,” Barr said.
During this game, Bullitt East senior Rusty Troutman passed fellow teammate Hayden Sweat as the leading three-point shooter in school history. With is four of eight performance in this game, he now has 185 three-pointers in his career.
Derek Willis led Bullitt East with 19 points while Troutman scored 18. The Chargers also got 12 points by Trey Rakes and 10 points from Elliot Young.
The win moved the Chargers to 13-3 overall. Bullitt East has now defeated four of the top five teams in the always-tough 11th Region, standing at 4-1 with a split of two games against Madison Central. The Indians are the only Kentucky team to beat Bullitt East this season.
Dunkin Donuts National Tournament At Lexington Catholic
BULLITT EAST 73 (23-15-17-18) Trey Rakes 12, Rusty Troutman 18, Rhett Troutman 1, Hunter Noffsinger 7, Elliot Young 10, Derek Willis 19.
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 60 (12-11-16-21) Avare 13, Talbott 10, Griffin 10, Dence 4, Johnson 8, Tyan 5, Banahan 10.