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Big 2nd half lifts Titans

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Gordon-less Rockets fall

By Josh Cook

The Collins boys’ basketball team rallied from a 2-point halftime deficit to beat Boyle County on Saturday night.

The Titans outscored the Rebels, 26-13, after intermission – when they shot 64.7 percent - on their way to a 47-36 victory in the Farmers National Bank Showcase at Mercer County.

Senior sixth man Ralphie Stone scored a game-high 16 points to lead Collins to its fifth consecutive triumph to start the season. Junior point guard Brent Kidwell added 11 for the Titans, who shot 56.3 percent from the field (18 for 32).

Stone, a 6-foot-3 forward, was 7-of-10 from the field for Collins, which hit 11 of 17 shots in the second half.

Meanwhile the Titans held Boyle County to 23.5 percent shooting (8-of-34), including 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) in the second half.

Collins (5-0), which played at defending state champion Madison Central on Tuesday night, next meets East Ridge at 9:30 p.m. Friday in its first game of Rowan County’s Kentucky Bank Challenge.

 

Bullitt East 68, Shelby County 52

The visiting Chargers (6-0) outscored the host Rockets (0-4), 31-15, in the second half, breaking a 37-all score at intermission, in their 16-point victory in the final game of Saturday’s Mike Casey Classic at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

Junior guard Kyler Dugle tallied a team-high 14 points for Shelby County. Senior guard Kipp Moore added 11 points for the Rockets, who played without sophomore forward James Gordon, who tweaked his groin late in Friday’s loss to Collins.

“We played very well, especially without James. We just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,” said Shelby County Coach Jason Couch, whose team shot 50 percent (20-for-40) from the field but went 10-of-18 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Tyler Sharpe scored a game-high 26 points, on the strength of five 3-pointers, for Bullitt East.

The Rockets next play Boyd County (1-3) at 7:30 Thursday night in the Best in Hoops Tournament at Oldham County.