The 2017 Boys Sweet 16 First round action at Rupp Arena has come to an end with very little surprises. At the end of the first round, half of the 16 teams representing Regions across the state, have packed up and went home with dreams of a State Title dashed. Here is a look at each game for the opening round of 16.
GM 1 – Bowling Green 68 – Graves County 51
The first half was nip and tuck with BG holding a 31-29 lead at the half. The third quarter was quite different as BG blew the game open with a 20-8 third quarter. BG would out score Graves 37-22 in the second half.
GM 2 – PCC 61 – PIkeville 46
After a very sluggish start to the game, Perry Central used it’s very huge size advantage to take over the game. Their two big men helped combine for 10 block shots and a big rebound advantage in the first half. A PCC 23-20 halftime lead ballooned out to a 40-27 3rd quarter advantage.
GM 3 – Scott 77 – Harlan County 65
Harlan would get down 36-19 at the half and never would overcome the early deficit. Jake Ohmer led Scott with 41 points and they never looked back.
GM 4 Scott County 83 – Pulaski 54
In a game that was never really in question, Scott County had a balanced attack that featured 4 players in double figures and a rebounding edge of 41-19 that made it hard for Pulaski to make up any ground. Scott County also had 20 assists in the game.
GM 5 – Fern Creek 81 – Hopkinsville 64
Fern Creek jumped out to a 37-22 halftime lead and never looked back as they would defeat Hopkinsville behind the balanced scoring of their starters with 56 points and 25 more from a deep bench.
GM -6 – Ballard 69 – Taylor 33
This was another game that was over very quickly as Ballard held a 44-17 halftime lead. Ballard would play 15 players and have 9 of them in the score book. No player on Ballard played more than 19 minutes leaving them very fresh for the 2nd round.
GM 7 – Collins 65 – Elliott 57
In one of the better first round games, there were 6 lead changes and 6 ties as both team would go on mini runs. Collins led 15-7 after one, but Elliott would crawl back to withing 3 trailing 28-25 at the break. Elliott would gain some traction in the 3rd going up 38-37. Collins would tie the game at the end of regulation and would then take over in OT for the 8 point win.
GM 8 – Cooper 54 – Meade 39
This game was much like the rest as Meade would ease out to a 23-15 halftime lead and would steadily increase their lead throughout the 2nd half.