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Gordon-less Rockets lose 4 more

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Sophomore misses with groin injury

By Josh Cook

It was a rough weekend for the Shelby County boys’ basketball team.

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The Rockets went 0-4 in Oldham County’s Best in Hoops Tournament as they remained winless on the season.

Boyd County beat Shelby County, 67-54, Thursday night, then Iroquois routed the Rockets 81-52 Friday night before Manual beat them, 71-59, Saturday morning and Fern Creek topped them, 71-57, Saturday afternoon.

The Rockets (0-8) played without sophomore forward James Gordon (groin pull) for the entire tournament.

In that first game, led by hot-shooting senior Tristian Burgess, Boyd County (3-6) outscored the Rockets, 23-8, in the second quarter.

Burgess finished with a game-high 28 points on the strength of six 3-pointers. He hit four in the decisive second period, helping to erase Shelby County’s 20-15 lead.

Boyd County, which plays in the 16th region, went 21-12 last season.  

Junior forward Keenan Cochran scored 18 points to lead Shelby County. He hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. Sophomore point guard Malik Manica added 11 points.

Shelby County shot 38.8 percent (19-for-49) from the field, including 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from 3-point range. The Rockets were also 14 for 24 (58.3 percent) from the free-throw line.

 
Iroquois 81, Shelby County 52

The Raiders outscored the Rockets, 45-23, in the second and third quarters to put away the game.

Senior guard Kipp Moore tallied a team-high 16 points and junior guard Kyler Dugle added 15. Moore was both 5-for-8 from the field and from the free- throw line for 16 points.

The Rockets shot 41.5 percent, including 2-for-9 from 3-point range, and 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) from the free-throw line.

Senior Jalen Martin scored a game-high 24 points for Iroquois (7-1).

 

Manual 71, Shelby County 59

The Crimsons outscored the Rockets, 35-23, in the first and fourth quarters.

Kemar Mason scored a team-high 16 points off the bench for the Rockets. He was 4-for-8 from the field and 8-of-13 from the free-throw line. Shelby County, as a team, hit just 16 for 29 (55.2 percent) from the foul line. Moore added 10 points for the Rockets, who again struggled from 3-point range (3-of-13).

Junior wing Dwayne Sutton tallied a game-high 20 points for the Crimsons (6-2).

 

Fern Creek 71, Shelby County 57

The Rockets led by two at halftime, but the Tigers (8-2) outscored them, 35-19 after that.

Manica had a team-high 19 points. He was 6-for-9 from the field but 7-for-14 from the free-throw line. Moore added 14 points, largely because of his 7-of-8 shooting from the foul line.

The Rockets were 18-for-49 (36.7 percent) from the field.

Senior forward Joe Jackson scored 19 points to lead Fern Creek, which hit 28 field goals (including four 3-pointers) and was 11-for-14 from the free-throw line.

The Rockets next play host Lloyd Memorial at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament in Erlanger.

 

Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament schedule

Thursday

Game 1 – Boone County vs. South Dearborn (Ind.), 2 p.m.; Game 2 – Scott High vs. Ludlow, 3:30 p.m.; Game 3 – Collins vs. Covington Holy Cross, 5 p.m.; Game 4 – Cooper vs. Bourbon County, 6:30 p.m.; Game 5 – Shelby County vs. Lloyd Memorial, 8 p.m.; Game 6 – Walton-Verona vs. Conner, 9:30 p.m. NOTE: Bullitt East and Madisonville-North Hopkins have first-round byes.

Friday

Game 7 – Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 4 p.m.; Game 8 – Game 4 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 5:45 p.m.; Game 9 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 5 loser, 7:30 p.m.; Game 10 – Bullitt East vs. Game 1 winner, 3 p.m.; Game 11 – Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner; Game 12 – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6:15 p.m.; Game 13 – Game 6 winner vs. Madisonville-North Hopkins, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Game 14 – Game 8 loser vs. Game 9 loser, 9 a.m.; Game 15 – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 10:30 a.m.; Game 16 – Game 10 loser vs. Game 11 winner, noon; Game 17 – Game 12 loser vs. Game 13 loser, 1 p.m.; Game 18 (winners’ bracket semifinal) – Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 10 a.m.; Game 19 (winners’ bracket semifinal) – Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 11:30 a.m.; Game 20 – Game 7 loser vs. Game 14 winner, 5 p.m.; Game 21 (Seventh-place) – Game 16 loser vs. Game 17 loser, 6:30 p.m.; Game 22 (Fifth-place) – Game 16 winner vs. Game 17 winner, 8 p.m.; Game 23 (Third-place) – Game 18 loser vs. Game 19 loser, 5 p.m.; Game 24 (Consolation final) – Game 9 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 6:45 p.m.; Game 25 (championship) – Game 18 winner vs. Game 19 winner, 8:30 p.m.