Rockets rally to win finale

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Late surge beats Campbellsville

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County boys’ basketball team salvaged a seventh-place finish at the Campbellsville University Holiday Classic late last week.

The Rockets (3-9) lost their first two games of the tournament – 77-55 to Marion County on Thursday and 58-41 to Mason County on Friday – before beating Campbellsville, 60-45, Saturday.


Marion County 77, Shelby County 55

The Knights (6-8) outscored the Rockets, 40-25, in the second half on their way to a 22-point victory.

Shelby County, in its first game since a 63-60 loss at Franklin County on Dec. 21, trailed, 18-12, at the end of the first period and at halftime, 37-30.

Junior guard Kipp Moore, who sat out the Franklin County game with a shoulder injury, scored a team-high 17 points for the Rockets. He was 8-for-16 from the field and made his only free throw try.

A trio of players – senior forward Michael Barry, sophomore forward Keenan Cochran and freshman point guard Malik Manica – added 10 points apiece for Shelby County. Cochran, who hit the team’s only two 3-point field goals, scored all of his points in the first half.

The Rockets shot 31.3 percent (20 of 64) from the field, including 12.5 percent (2 of 16) from 3-point range.


Mason County 58, Shelby County 41

The Rockets were outscored, 37-17, in the second half, after leading the Royals, 24-21, at halftime, in their second game of the tourney.

Shelby County led Mason County (9-3), 14-8, at the end of the first quarter before the Royals responded by winning the second period, 13-10.

Freshman forward James Gordon scored 11 points, and Manica tallied 10 to pace the Rockets, who only scored eight points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth.

Shelby County struggled from the free-throw line, going 7-for-20 (35 percent).


Shelby County 60, Campbellsville 45

The Rockets rallied from a 28-27 halftime deficit for a 15-point victory over the Eagles.

Shelby County led Campbellsville, 15-8, at the end of the first quarter, thanks to six points from Moore and five points from sophomore forward Jacob Gowin before the Eagles (4-10) answered by outscoring the Rockets, 20-12 in the second period.

In the second half, however, Shelby County outpointed Campbellsville, 15-5, in the third quarter and in the fourth, 18-12. 

Manica and Cochran led the Rockets with 12 points apiece. Moore added 11, Barry and Gordon 8 each and Gowin 7 as those six combined for 58 of Shelby’s 60 points.

The Rockets shot 48.8 percent (21 of 43) from the field, including 62.5 percent (20 of 32) from 2-point range. Shelby County also connected on 17 of its 26 free-throw tries.

The Rockets next play at Beth Haven (6-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Thomas Nelson (2-12) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mike Casey Gymnasium.