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Hawks pick up win at Tip-Off Classic

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Boys' basketball event held at Campbellsville High

By The Staff

LaRue County got a jump on the boys’ basketball season Dec. 6 with a 69-65 win over Harrison County in the Campbellsville Tip-Off Classic.

Harrison County jumped out early on LaRue, capitalizing on several transition layups. The Hawks kept pace with their opponents with a collection of three-point baskets by freshman Kyle Sheeran and junior Christian Mullins. Sheeran knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half, while Mullins cashed in on a couple of baskets from the corner.

At the end of the first half, Harrison led LaRue  38-33. 

“I thought our starters came out a little tight early on, but Kyle Sheeran provided a tremendous spark off the bench,” head coach Paul Childress said. “His four threes and Christian Mullins’ two 3-pointers kept us in the game early on. Our defense was not very good in the first half, and that’s putting it nicely.”

The Hawks trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, before rallying down the stretch.

After a quick timeout, LaRue began to chip away at Harrison’s lead. A 3-point play by senior Christian Seymour and baskets from Tyler Nall and Bryan Bault cut into the lead, trimming to a four point deficit by the end of the third quarter.  With five minutes to play in the game, the Thoroughbreds still led by 10, when the Hawks went on a 15-2 run to take the lead.

The fourth quarter saw both teams battling on each possession.  Both teams matched baskets, however, the Hawks were able to finally overtake Harrison County with back-to-back buckets by senior Tyler Hornback.  The Hawks took a three- point lead with 15 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Seymour. A missed Harrison County 3-pointer and a game sealing free throw by Anthony “Smurf” Brewer gave the Hawks their first win of the 2008-09 season.

 “We showed a lot of heart in the second half,” said Childress. “We kept battling on the defensive end and making big plays on the offensive end. The guys never gave up and were able to beat a pretty good Harrison County team. We have a lot of work to do and we must get in better shape. But overall, I was really proud of how we pulled this one out in the end.”

Sheeran led the Hawks with 17 points, five 3-pointers and five assists. Nall pumped in 15 points, Hornback 14 points, Bault 11 points, Mullins 6 points, Seymour 5 points and 6 assists, and Smurf Brewer had 1 point.

 “We shot the ball extremely well and played pretty good for most of the game,” Harrison County Coach Mike Reitz said. “LaRue County is very athletic and shot the lights out in the second half. We just got worn down and didn’t have enough gas left in the tank at the end.”

Lee Kendall of LCNI News service contributed to this article.