Boyle draws Wayne

Lincoln gets Mercer

March 07, 2004|MARTY WARREN

LONDON - Lincoln County and Mercer County will play in the final game first-round game of the boys 12th Region Tournament that begins Monday at South Laurel.

Boyle County (13-13), the which lost to Lincoln in the 45th District final Friday, will face tournament favorite and defending regional champion Wayne County (25-4) in the tourney opener Monday, and 46th District champion Garrard County (12-14) will take on Pulaski County (16-12).

On Tuesday night, host South Laurel (20-9) will meet McCreary Central (13-14) before Lincoln (17-11) meets Mercer (11-15), the 46th District runner-up.

The semifinals will be played Friday, with the championship game Saturday.

"When you get down to the final eight, there are no easy games left," Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said. "The advantage for both of us is that we have already played against each other. Now we just have to go out and play. It was a hard-fought game the first time we played and I expect the same type of game Tuesday."


Lincoln won the first meeting 58-48 Feb. 13 at Mercer. Mercer coach Greg Edwards said it is obvious that the Scotties must contain 6-10 center Jonathan True if they are to have a chance to win.

"He scored 26 points against us the first game and we have to do a better job on him," Edwards said. "We know what Lincoln likes to do, but we still have to go out and stop them. They are playing well right now and the game will be a good test for us."

Boyle coach Andy Moberly said he wasn't disappointed with the Rebels' draw. Wayne defeated Boyle 67-51 Jan. 30 at Boyle, but Boyle point guard David White missed the game due to a concussion.

"It doesn't matter who you play now because all the games are going to be tough," the Boyle coach said. "You have to win the first game to get to the other two. You have to go in with a game plan and hope for the best.

"McCreary Central had a game plan against Wayne in the district final and nearly pulled off the upset. When we played them the first time, we played without our point guard and didn't play that bad."

Wayne coach Rodney Woods said Boyle's physical play would give his team a problems.

"They really get after you, especially on the defensive end," Woods said. "We struggled all night against McCreary, and one slip up now and you're out of the tournament."

While Wayne is considered the tournament favorite, Woods said South Laurel, Pulaski and Lincoln are playing well right now and could cause teams problems in the tournament.

"I think South and Pulaski are playing really well and could come out of this thing, too," Woods said. "Lincoln has the inside-outside threat that can cause a team problems and can't be counted out, either."

Garrard coach Cecil Combs said his team played well against Pulaski in their first meeting (a 71-60 loss on Jan. 13), before Brandon Cross steped up for the Maroons.

"He's such a wide body and hard for us to defend, and they have a couple of kids that can shoot the 3," Combs said. "We'll have our hands full, but I don't know if there was anybody else we could have drawn that would have made it easier for us."

The tournament will have split sessions. Admission is $5 per game, and reserved seats priced at $25 for the entire tournament are available.

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