Rockets rally on the road

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They have won 5 of their last 6

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County boys’ basketball team finished with a flourish Tuesday night.

The Rockets outscored Bourbon County, 29-14, in the fourth quarter to rally from a 5-point deficit and beat the Colonels, 72-62, in Paris.

“We didn’t do a very good job of guarding their dribble penetration during the first half, but then we really turned up our pressure and started to get some turnovers that led to easy baskets and free throws in the fourth quarter,” Shelby County Coach Jason Couch said after his 301st career victory. “We showed a lot of toughness pulling out a

great win on the road.”

The Rockets (6-11) trailed, 22-18, after the first quarter before outscoring Bourbon County, 14-8, in the second period to lead, 32-30, at half- time. However the 10th Region

Colonels (4-12) outpointed Shelby, 18-11, in the third quarter to lead, 48-43, heading into the final eight minutes.

Sophomore forward James Gordon tallied 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead Shelby County’s comeback. Malik Manica and Kemar Mason added five points apiece as the Rockets picked up their fifth victory in their past six games.

Junior forward Keenan Cochran led a very balanced Shelby County scoring attack, which featured four starters in double figures, with 18 points. He was 7-for-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Gordon and senior guard Kipp Moore added 15 points apiece, and Manica tallied 10. The fifth starter, junior guard Kyler Dugle, scored nine points. Shelby County shot 44.8

percent (26-of-58) from the field but was just 18-for-30 from the free-throw line.

Senior guard Landon Sexton scored 18 points to lead the Colonels, who lost their seventh consecutive game. The Rockets play at crosstown-rival Collins at 7:30 tonight before hosting Lexington Christian around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tom Creamer Classic.