Trimble boys whip North Bullitt 70-53
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 10:00 AM
Trimble County's boys basketball team turned in its second strong outing in a row with a 70-53 whipping of North Bullitt Monday in Bedford.
WIN NO. 10: Trimble County’s Evan Long (above) looks to pass to an open teammate while being defended closely by North Bullitt’s Zac Lamkin. The Raiders’ freshman forward Michael Dunaway (below) was all smiles after a Trimble win in which he scored a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Evan Long, Michael Dunaway and Ethan Merrill all scored in double-digits for the 10-5 Raiders. Long had 21 points, including an 11-for-13 night at the free throw line. Dunaway scored a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds and seven assists. Merrill had good balance throughout the game with 11 points.
As a team, Trimble County went 27-for-32 at the free throw line and made seven 3-pointers.
"We did a lot of good things in tonight's win," Trimble County coach John Leep III said. "We made the majority of our shots and that looks really good.
"I was pleased with the extra passes we made," the coach continued. "That's crucial and it adds to our assist totals. Everybody is getting in on the action."
The game was close early before Trimble used 3-pointers from Andrew Young and Dunaway to build a lead late in the first period. The Eagles' Zac Lamkin hit a basket at the buzzer to pull North Bullitt to within two at 15-13.
After the Eagles knotted the game 15-15 early in the second period, Trimble County seized control by outscoring the Eagles 18-7 the rest of the way for a 33-22 halftime lead.
Dunaway was explosive in the final minutes of the half. He knocked down his second 3-pointer of the night and went 5-for-6 at the foul stripe.
The Raiders continued with a strong offensive attack as the third quarter progressed. Long had eight of his game-high 21 in the period and Trimble continued its dominance on the boards and passing lanes for a 51-32 advantage at the break.
North Bullitt rallied behind three 3-pointers in the final period but it wasn't nearly enough. The Raiders got six more points from Long while Rob Brooks scored four of his eight points to help Trimble pull away.
"We've been shooting around 70 percent (from the free throw line) as a team and Andrew (Young) is one of the best free throw shooters in the state at 88 percent," Leep said. "Any time he can get those shots, he's going to be dangerous."
According to Leep, Trimble's recent success - the Raiders have won eight of their last nine and hit double digits in wins for the first time since 2000-01 - is directly attributable to the senior leadership he's getting from Merrill and Brooks.
"They take a lot off my plate with the way they have the team prepared, especially in these last two games," Leep said.
Trimble County is preparing for the Kentucky All "A" Eighth Region Classic coming up next week at Williamstown. The Raiders will open with Walton-Verona, a 90-56 winner when the two team's met last week.
In the meantime, Trimble will travel across the Ohio River to place Christian Academy of Indiana on Saturday in New Albany.
MONDAY'S BOYS GAME
at Bedford, Ky.
TRIMBLE CO. 70, NORTH BULLITT 53
NORTH BULLITT 13 9 10 21 - 53
TRIMBLE CO 15 18 18 18 - 70
NORTH BULLITT (9-9) - (g)Lamkin 17, (g)George 14, (c)Johnson 10, Dunnavon 5, Hanson 3, McKense 2, Clayton 2, (f)Free 0, (g)Ratliff 0, Key 0, Gearlds 0, Ellis 0, Clark 0, Pate 0.
TRIMBLE CO. (10-5) - (g)Long 21, (f)Dunaway 19, (f)Merrill 11, (g)Young 9, (g)Brooks 8, Wyssbrod 2, Blanton 0, Creech 0, Rexroat 0, Taylor 0.
3- Point Goals - North Bullitt 6 (George 2, Lamkin 2, Dunnavon 1, Hanson 1), Trimble Co. 7 (Dunaway 2, Young 2, Long 2, Merrill 1). Total Fouls - North Bullitt 20, Trimble Co. 10. Free Throws - North Bullitt 5-8, Trimble Co. 27-32. Fouled Out - North Bullitt: Lamkin. Technical Foul - North Bullitt: Bench. Next Game - North Bullitt hosts Bullitt Central Friday. Trimble Co. visits Christian Academy of Indiana Saturday.