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2023 UK HealthCare Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16® – LIVE UPDATES

2023 UK HealthCare Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16® – LIVE UPDATES

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CHAMPIONSHIP STATS

G15 —

SEMIFINALS STATS

G13 — Warren Central 56, Woodford County 48
G14 —

QUARTERFINALS STATS

G9 — Woodford County 59, Elizabethtown 48
G10 — Warren Central 64, Ashland 48
G11 — Frederick Douglass 58, Male 54
G12 — George Rogers Clark 60, Lyon County 56

FIRST ROUND STATS

G1 — Woodford County 60, Jeffersontown 57
G2 — Elizabethtown 48, McCracken County 44
G3 — Warren Central 80, Pulaski County 55
G4 — Ashland 66, Owensboro 65

G5 — Male 94, Breathitt County 59
G6 — Lyon County 61, Newport 46
G7 — Frederick Douglass 73, Martin County 53
G8 — George Rogers Clark 62, North Laurel 54

March 15 | 1:30 p.m.

(5) Elizabethtown

Coach: James E. Haire 
Record: 23-9
Top Scorers:
Ayden Evans (Jr.) 16.1 ppg
Obian Howard (Sr.) 12.0 ppg

After losing in the 5th Region Championship last season, the Elizabethtown Panthers redeemed their loss and advanced to the State Tournament. They are led by junior forward Ayden Evans and senior guard Obian Howard. Currently, the Panthers are on a 7-game win streak, and are looking to extend that streak to 8 with a quarterfinal win over McCracken County. 

(1) McCracken County

Coach: Dustin Roberts 
Record: 29-5
Top Scorers:
Jack McCune (Sr.) 18.1 ppg
Ian Hart (Sr.) 12.0 ppg

Just like Elizabethtown, McCracken County lost in the regional championship last season. They were last in the state tournament two years ago, where they lost in the Elite 8 to soon champion Highlands. They are led by senior forward Jack McCune and senior forward Ian Hart. The Mustangs enter the tournament on a 5-game winning streak, losing their last 2 regular season games to Christian County and Murray. 

March 15 | 11:00 a.m.

(6) Jeffersontown

Coach: Richard Duncan, Jr.
Record: 17-12
Top Scorers:
Camron McDaniels (So.) 12.1 ppg
Lukus McDaniels (Jr.) 10.5 ppg

The Jeffersontown Chargers are now appearing in their second consecutive state tournament. Last season they lost in the opening round of the tournament. They are led by sophomore Camron McDaniels and junior Lukus Mcdaniels. The Chargers are coming in on a 6-game win streak. 

(8) Woodford County

Coach: Jaron A. Brown
Record: 20-12
Top Scorers:
Jasper Johnson (So.) 20.9 ppg
Makhi Smith (So.) 12.2 ppg

Woodford County won their first 8th Region Title this year after losing in the championship of the tournament last season. They are led by sophomore guard Jasper Johnson, ranked top-20 in the nation for the sophomore class. The Yellow Jackets pulled off a convincing upset over North Oldham in the semi-finals of the regional tournament. 

March 15 | 6:00 p.m.

(4) Warren Central

Coach: William Unseld
Record: 32-1
Top Scorers:
Chappele Whitney (Sr.) 16.8 ppg
Kade Unseld (Jr.) 15.9 ppg

Warren Central made it all the way to the State Championship last year, falling just short, losing to George Rogers Clark by 1 point. They are back yet again, winning the 4th Region championship by 1 point in overtime. They have lost just 1 game this season, and it was to Madison Central in the last week of December. Thanks to senior guard Chappele Whitney and company, they are rolling into the Sweet 16 on a 23-game winning streak. 

(12) Pulaski County

Coach: John Fraley
Record: 27-6
Top Scorers:
Cayden Lancaster (Sr.) 19.7 ppg
Barek Williams (Sr.) 19.5 ppg

Pulaski County joins the large group of teams that lost in the regional championship last year, then went on to advance to the State Tournament this year. The Maroons are coming into the tournament on a 5-game winning streak, thanks to the dynamic duo of seniors Cayden Lancaster and Derek Williams. 

March 15 | 8:30 p.m.

(3) Owensboro

Coach: Rod M. Drake
Record: 19-10
Top Scorers:
Kenyatta Carbon (Sr.) 22.1 ppg
Jiairius Webb (Sr.) 10.7 ppg

Owensboro has made it far in multiple regional tournaments recently, but haven’t appeared in a State Tournament since 2019. They went into the postseason on 3 straight losses, but then went on to defeat Muhlenberg County in overtime to get back to Rupp Arena. They head into the tournament winning 5 straight, thanks to senior guard Kenyatta Carbon. 

(16) Ashland 

Coach: Ryan Bonner
Record: 22-11
Top Scorers:
Zander Carter (So.) 22.3 ppg
Rheyce Deboard (Sr.) 17.3 ppg

Ashland Blazer is a common name heard when it is time for the State Tournament, and they are back after former coach Jason Mays was fired just before the season started. After losing their District Championship to Boyd County, they bounced back to defeat them in the Regional Championship. The Tomcats head into the tournament on a 3-game win streak, led by sophomore Zander Carter and senior Rheyce Deboard. 

March 16 | 6:00 p.m.

(11) Frederick Douglass

Coach: Wes Scarberry 
Record: 31-2
Top Scorers:
Kai Simpson (Sr.) 16.7 ppg
Armelo Boone (So.) 16.0 ppg

The Broncos are no dark horse, and are one of the biggest surprises of this year. They made it out of the gauntlet of the 11th Region and have only lost two games all year. Those loses were to Lexington Catholic and Great Crossing in the first two weeks of the season. Since then, they are on a 28-game win streak. They are led by first year coach Wes Scarberry who won regional coach of the year and could win statewide coach of the year as well.

(15) Martin County

Coach: Jason James 
Record: 24-10
Top Scorers:
Luke Hale (Jr.) 20.7 ppg
Brayden McKenzie (Jr.) 15.3 ppg

Martin County was a surprise coming out of the 15th Region. They had a record of 14-6 in the region and 6-3 in their district. They defeated defending 15th Region Champions Pikeville by two in the region finals. A side note, Pike County Central’s band will be playing with Martin County at the Sweet 16.

March 16 | 11:00 a.m.

(7) Male

Coach: Timothy Haworth
Record: 25-10
Top Scorers:
Jack Edelen (Sr.) 17.7 ppg
Cole Edelen (So.) 15.8 ppg

Male comes out of the Louisville region after defeating Trinity in double overtime in the region finals at at Bellarmine. Jack Edelen was leading the Bulldogs with 24 points in the regional finals, while younger brother Cole Edelen had 14. The brothers are shooting over 44% from three.

(14) Breathitt County

Coach: BB King / Kyle Moore 
Record: 18-9
Top Scorers:
Austin Sperry (So.) 18.0 ppg
Christian Collins (Sr.) 14.6 ppg

Stories like Breathitt County are what makes the Sweet 16 so sweet. After devastating floods caused them to delay their home opener until January. Their head coach, BB King, passed away a month into the season after losing his battle with cancer. BB King was a legendary coach with numerous district and regional championships. Their interim coach is Kyle Moore, who is also the head football coach.

March 16 | 1:30 p.m.

(2) Lyon County

Coach: Ryan Perry 
Record: 30-5
Top Scorers:
Travis Perry (Jr.) 32.2 ppg
Jack Reddick (Jr.) 19.0 ppg
Brady Shoulders (Jr.) 18.1 ppg

The Lyons are back to the Sweet 16 behind junior Travis Perry. Perry is just 21 points from breaking the KHSAA’s all-time scoring record. The record is held by “King” Kelly Coleman with 4,337 points. Following Perry is a solid group of players like Jack Reddick and Brady Shoulders that led the Lyons to the quarterfinals last year before a two point loss to Covington Catholic. The upperclassman heavy team has the experience and ability to make a deep run this year.

(9) Newport

Coach: Rodney Snapp 
Record: 28-6
Top Scorers:
Marquez Miller (Sr.) 15.8 ppg
Taylen Kinney (Fr.) 14.0 ppg 

Newport returns to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. Unlike Lyon County, they are young. Two freshman, Taylen Kinney and 6’6″ James Turner, will have the Wildcats competitive in the brutal 9th Region for years to come. They defeated Cooper in the finals, 44-42.

March 16 | 8:30 p.m.

(10) George Rogers Clark

Coach: Josh Cook
Record: 27-5
Top Scorers:
Jerone Morton (Sr.) 20.0 ppg
Trent Edwards (Sr.) 16.6 ppg

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(13) North Laurel

Coach: Nate Valentine
Record: 25-10
Top Scorers:
Reed Sheppard (Sr.) 22.1 ppg
Ryan Davidson (Sr.) 17.8 ppg

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