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Good outside shooting from senior Christian Seymour and some timely late baskets from Tyler Hornback led the LaRue County Hawks to defeat the Central Hardin Bruins. The win brought the Hawks to 12-0 for the season.
Seymour buried 5-of-7 3-pointers and Hornback scored seven fourth-quarter points as the host Hawks held off the Bruins, 58-48 in the championship game of the eight-team National Guard Holiday Classic.
Seymour led all scorers with 19 points and was selected as the Hawks’ Player of the Game, but it was Hornback, a senior forward, who earned tournament MVP honors.
“He’s our go-to guy,” Seymour said. “When we have to have points, we know he can get them for us.”
With Central Hardin climbing back into the game, Hornback kept the Hawks in it. He hit all three of his field-goal attempts and was 1-of-2 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
All of this from a player who left the team before last year’s postseason got underway.
“He’s done a great job and he’s matured a lot since last season,” said LaRue County coach Paul Childress. “He, along with our other two seniors (Seymour and senior post Bryan Bault), have stepped up to lead this team.”
“This is pretty big for us because some people had doubts because we hadn’t played anybody strong,” said Seymour, who also had three rebounds. “This shows the potential that this team really has.”
Central Hardin showed its potential early, racing out to a 6-0 lead thanks to three baskets from senior forward Daniel Linder. But the Bruins’ offense went quiet immediately after, as they missed nine of their next 10 field-goal attempts.
“We pretty much fell apart after that. We have to stay together and play together,” said Linder, who became only the fourth member of the Bruins’ career 1,000-point scorers. The other members are Exzavier Deans, Marcus Barnes and Andre Miller.
Following Linder’s early spree, the Hawks responded with a 27-5 run in less than 13 minutes which culminated with a bank-in 3-pointer by reserve freshman guard Kyle Sheeran, whose older sister Samantha is Central Hardin’s all-time leading scorer of either gender.
LaRue County took a 17-point lead when reserve junior forward Christian Mullins hit an NBA-range desperation 3-pointer from the right wing after a scramble for a loose ball just before the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Hawks extended their lead to 19 points early in the second half, but Central Hardin was able to slice the deficit to two possessions in both the third and fourth quarters.
“They stumped us with their 1-3-1 (zone defense) and we didn’t know what to do at first,” Seymour said. “But we ended up figuring out how to attack it at the end.”
While Central Hardin struggled shooting from the field, missing 24 of its 43 attempts, the Hawks had no trouble finding the basket. They hit 22-of-38 of their shots and didn’t miss in the final 9 minutes.
The Hawks, who played many early away and neutral-court games, shot better than 50 percent from the field in all three tournament games.
“I think the guys were just ready to get back into our own gym,” Childress said. “We shot the ball well the entire tournament, but hitting a lot of those early shots was key.”
Linder led Central Hardin with 13 points, while junior guard Nolan Todd scored all nine of his points from the 3-point line. Both players joined LaRue County’s Bault, Seymour and Hornback on the All-Tournament team.
Bault had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while freshman guard Anthony Brewer had nine points and three assists.
Christian Seymour 17, Anthony Brewer 9, Tyler Hornback 9, Bryan Bault 8, Kyle Sheeran 5, Tyler Nall 4, Jordan Brewer 3, Christian Mullins 3. FG: 22-38. FT: 6-15. 3-pointers: 8-15 (Seymour 5-7, A. Brewer 1-2, Mullins 1-2, Sheeran 1-2, J. Brewer 1-1, Hornback 0-1). Rebs: 19 (Bault 5, Nall 3, Seymour 3). Assists: 11 (Bault 3, A. Brewer 3). Steals: 1 (Seymour 1). Blocks: 2 (Bault 2).
The LaRue County Hawks defeated Caverna 64-49 Friday.
Trailing 12-8 early in the first quarter, the Hawks (13-0, 3-0 18th District) took control with a 14-0 run for a 22-12 lead and never looked back.
Hornback led LaRue County with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Sheeran chipped in with 10 points and two rebounds.
Jordan Brewer added eight points, six rebounds and one assist and senior guard Christian Seymour had seven points, five steals and two assists.
Scoring: Tyler Hornback 15, Kyle Sheeran 10, Jordan Brewer 8, Christian Seymour 7, Anthony Brewer 6, Bryan Bault 6, Tyler Nall 6, Dylan Parr 5, Christian Mullins 1. FG: 21-56. FT: 16-25. 3-pointers: 6-19 (Sheeran 2-6, Bault 1-1, Seymour 1-4, J. Brewer 1-4, Nall 0-1, Mullins 0-1). Rebs: 29 (Hornback 7, J. Brewer 6). Assists: 8 (A. Brewer 3, Seymour 2). Steals: 10 (Seymour 5, A. Brewer 3).