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10th Region Boys Basketball Tournament Preview

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The 2023 10th Region Boys Basketball Tournament gets started this week at Mason County High School. First round games get started on Wednesday and Thursday, with the semifinals and finals on Monday and Tuesday next week. Admission is $8.00 cash at the gate. All games will be streamed on PrepSpin for $12.00 a night (gets both games).

At the end of the article is history and records of the tournament.

The Bracket

Mason County vs. Nicholas County

Wednesday, March 1 – 6:00pm

Mason County (27-5) comes in as champions of the 39th District. They won a rivalry battle with Bracken County 43-38 in front of a packed Mason County Fieldhouse. They running-clocked Augusta 87-46 in the finals to win the title. The Royals are led by the senior duo of Terrell Henry and Riley Mastin. Terrell Henry is a couple of hundred points away from 2,000 mark for his career. He is averaging 17.9 ppg and pulling down 6.9 rpg. He was named KABC Co-10th Region Player of the Year. Riley Mastin is fitting in perfectly in his first season as a Royal. Mastin is averaging 15.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg and is shooting 45.9% from three. Junior Braylon Hamilton has made 63 threes this season at 43.4% is averaging 9.4 ppg. Mason is coached by Brian Kirk in his 5th season at the helm. Kirk and the Royals are still waiting with bated breath to return to the region finals and return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016.

Nicholas County (11-21) enters the tournament as runners-up of the 38th District. They defeated Pendleton County 61-45 in the first round before falling to Harrison County 65-39 in the district finals. Junior Wyatt Clark led the Blue Jackets with 23 points in their first round win and leads the team with 18.2 ppg. Junior Lincoln Morris leads the team in rebounding at 6.0 rpg and also scores 9.5 ppg. Nicholas is led by John Michael Reitz in his 4th season.

The two teams did not meet in the regular season.

Massey Ratings Predictions:
Mason County 74 – Nicholas County 48
Mason County 95% – Nicholas County 5%

Campbell County vs. Paris

Wednesday, March 1 – 7:45pm

Campbell County (21-11) comes into the tournament as champions of the 37th District for the 10th straight time. Aric Russell‘s Camels are always the team to watch come March, and the month begins as the Camels search for their fifth 10th Region title. Aric Russell is in his 13th season at Campbell County and has won four region championships. They are led by senior Ayden Hamilton, who is averaging 22.3 ppg along with 6.5 rpg. The Kentucky baseball commit is also the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 career points. Hamilton scored 23 points in the district title game verse Scott, winning 50-44 at Campbell County Middle School. Senior guard Jake Gross adds 14.8. Sophomore Garyn Jackson is shooting 64% from the floor with 42.1% from three for 6.7 ppg. Big man Connor Weinel, a junior, scores 6.6 ppg and brings down 4.8 rpg. The Camels are led by a prolific scorer and have a supporting cast of capable players that will make them a tough out.

Paris (17-13) comes to the region as runners-up of the 40th District. The Greyhounds have a great coach of their own with alumnus Shawn Ransom in his first season. The sharp dressed coach cut his team’s way to the 10th Region All “A” Classic championship game, upsetting Augusta and Bracken County along the way. Paris made their way into the 10th Region Tournament after beating Montgomery County 57-49 in the opening district round at Bourbon County. They fell to GRC in the finals 84-44. The Hounds are led by star freshman Malachi Ashford who scores 20.8 ppg. Ashford is shooting 43% from three and 72.6% from the line. Junior Jakari Ransom adds 15.8 ppg and makes 2.6 3pg. Big man senior Trey Murrell is pulling down 6.2 rpg and makes 60.4% of his shots from the floor. The Greyhounds won’t be an easy out either, as they have proven their ability to pull off upsets this season.

Massey Ratings Predictions:
Campbell County 76 – Paris 60
Campbell County 84% – Paris 16%

George Rogers Clark vs. Augusta

Thursday, March 2 – 6:00pm

George Rogers Clark enters as champions of the 40th District and three time defending region champions. The defending Sweet 16 Champions are coached by Josh Cook in his 7th season. Leading the Card is a trio of players that return from last year’s team, including the MVP of the Sweet 16. That MVP is senior Jerone Morton who is committed to play basketball at Morehead State. 6’4″ Morton is averaging 19.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Next is senior big man Trent Edwards who stands at 6’8″. Edwards shoots the ball mostly around the rim at 63.7%, scoring 16.9 ppg and pulling down 6.9 rpg. Senior Sam Parrish completes the trio for GRC, scoring 14.7 ppg. Clark County also has sharpshooting junior Reshaun Hampton, who has made 76 threes this year at 42.7% and shoots 81.8% from the line. GRC has won

Augusta (18-13) comes into the tournament as runners-up of the 39th District. As a coach, Jason Hinson has made the 10th Region Tournament 10 times. His teams have drawn George Rogers Clark in the first round 6 times total and 4 times straight. The Panthers are led by senior LJ Conner, scoring 17.9 ppg. Following up is 6’5″ junior Kylan Hinson who scores 16.9 ppg and pulls down 7.7 rpg. Rounding out Augusta is junior Conner Snapp at 15.5 rpg and 6.0 rpg. The Panthers made it to the region tournament by beating St. Patrick 95-36 in the first round and losing to Mason County 87-46 in the finals of the blindly drawn district tournament.

Massey Ratings Predictions:
George Rogers Clark 78 – Augusta 56
George Rogers Clark 90% – Augusta 10%

Harrison County vs. Scott

Thursday, March 2 – 7:45pm

Harrison County (26-6) enters the tournament as champions of the 38th District. They defeated Robertson County 71-24 in the opening round and Nicholas County 65-39 in the finals. The Thorobreds are led by junior guard Kaydon Custard. Custard is putting up 16.6 ppg with 5.6 rpg, and is one of the best defenders in the region. JD Kendall is a 6’6″ senior averaging 14.0 ppg with 5.2 rpg. The big man in the middle is 6’11” senior Will Furnish who dominates around the rim on both sides of the ball with 8.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Harrison County is coached by long-time 10th Region coach Terrence Brooks in his 3rd season. Harrison County is 2nd in the state in defense, only giving up an average of 47.7 ppg.

Scott (14-18) comes in with as runners-up of the 37th District after two tough games at Campbell County Middle School. They defeated Bishop Brossart 69-57 in the opening round. They then lost to Campbell County in the finals 50-44. The Eagles are led by a committee of players and seven players averaging over 7.0 ppg. Junior Dylan Giffen leads with 14.6 ppg and shoots 41.3% from three. Senior Brayden Howell closely follows at 14.1 ppg. Their leading rebounder is 6’3″ junior Carter Eten with 5.7 rpg and scoring 7.3 ppg at 65.2% from the field. Don’t let their record fool you; coach Steve Fromeyer is in his 7th season and always puts together a tough schedule for the Eagles.

These two teams met on January 5th in Taylor Mill. Harrison County defeated Scott 62-56.

Massey Ratings Predictions:
Harrison County 59 – Scott 56
Harrison County 56% – Scott 44%

Tournament History

History and records of the 10th Region Boys Basketball Tournament were compiled by the late Tony “Sumo” Sapp from Mason County. Tony Sapp passed away in the fall, and history and record will be maintained by Please credit Tony Sapp when citing these records.

Season by Season

Team Records

Championship Records

Coaching Records

Other Records

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