Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rick Pitino Previews EKU Game, Gives Thoughts on Wakeyleaks Scandal

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews today's game against Eastern Kentucky and gives his take on the Wakeyleaks scandal at Wake Forest:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Kelly Wells Becomes All-Time Wins Leader at University of Pikeville

Congratulations to University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells on becoming the school's all-time leader in wins.

Tonight's 77-53 win over Bob Jones was Wells' 243rd victory at UPIKE.

2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge Tips Off Today in Rowan County

The 2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge tips off this evening in Rowan County with an outstanding field of teams from all over the Bluegrass State.

In all, there will be 21 games played at 2 different locations over the course of Friday and Saturday.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bart Williams Off to a Winning Start at Bath County High School

Former Pikeville High School head coach Bart Williams is off to a winning start in his new job at Bath County High School. 

The Wildcats are off to a 4-3 start, including an impressive 4-1 record in the 16th Region.

Tuesday night, Bath County held on for an 83-82 road win at Fairview. Jacob Mitchell led the way with 22 points while Spencer Pergrem added 20. Bryce Williams added 13.

Through seven games, Mitchell is leading the team with 22.6 points per game. He is proving to be one of the top players in the region and is gaining the interest of several college and prep school coaches.

Since a 20-point loss to Nicholas County (4-2) in the season's first game, the Wildcats have only lost in road games at Belfry (2-1) and Russell (4-3) by seven points combined.

This weekend, Bath County will battle East Jessamine (1-6) and Augusta (4-4) in the Kentucky Bank Challenge at Rowan County.

Check out Bath County's win over Morgan County earlier this season:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bowling Green Assistant Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Bowling Green High School assistant basketball coach Houston Bunton has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse and third degree sodomy.

Here's more from WBKO:

Bowling Green police arrest an instructional assistant and assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green High School on charges of sexual abuse.

According to Bowling Green Independent Schools, they were notified on Tuesday about a situation involving Houston Bunton.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Berea College Wins With No. 1 Play in SportsCenter Top 10

Berea College knocked off Birmingham Southern 82-79 in spectacular fashion Sunday.

Southern's inbound pass was stolen, which led to a dramatic halfcourt game-winner by Berea's Corey Wise.

The shot sent the arena into celebration and ended up being the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 list.


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Berea is 7-3 overall this season and currently ranked No. 7 in the USCAA national rankings.

Vanderbilt Announces that Camron Justice is Transferring

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Camron Justice is leaving Vanderbilt according to a release from the school.

Here's the release:

Sophomore guard Camron Justice has been granted his release from the Commodore men’s basketball program and has received permission to speak with other NCAA Division I programs, according to Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew. Justice will depart Vanderbilt after final exams are completed this week.

“We wish great success in the future for Cam,” said Drew. “He is a terrific young man who we have enjoyed having in our program.”

“To begin, I want to start by saying thanks to Coach Stallings and last year’s coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at Vanderbilt and in the SEC,” said Justice. “Next, I want to say thanks to Coach Drew and this year’s coaching staff for everything they have done for me up to this point. However, after careful consideration with my family, I have decided it is time to move on from Vanderbilt. It's sad to say I will no longer play for Vanderbilt, but I've made some great memories and friendships that go farther than the game of basketball. From here, I am going to reopen my recruitment and decide the next chapter in my life. Thank you again!”

Bracket Announced for Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic

The bracket is out for the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.

The tournament will feature some of the top teams from the 12th Region along with Jeffersontown, Spring Hill (TN) and Upperman (TN).

Here's a look at the bracket:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Suspects Butt Dial 9-1-1, Discuss Robbery Plans of Restaurant Where Referee (and Police Chief) Tony Gray is Eating

That headline sounds like the ridiculous premise to a joke but that actually happened in Danville earlier this week.

Two suspects somehow managed to call 9-1-1 before discussing their plans to rob a local restaurant. If that wasn't bad enough, basketball referee Tony Gray (who happens to be the Danville Police Chief) was eating inside at the time.

Here's what happened from the Advocate Messenger:

The officer eventually made his way over to Danville Police Chief Tony Gray, who had just finished up dinner.

“They start to walk out together, then Tony gets a call — I see Tony’s police face come on, so I knew something was up,” Southerland said.

Gray said he was notified dispatch received a call and could hear people talking about committing a robbery, but the location was uncertain at that time.

“There was some conversation about when they should do it, they might be recognized if they do it in Danville, and I think they did talk about some different locations …” Gray said, noting that he hasn’t heard the actual tape yet. “Somewhere in the conversation my name was brought up.”

Soon after, dispatch was able to “triangulate the call,” Gray says, and figure out the phone call was coming from the general vicinity of South Fourth Street.

So the officer came by, knowing Gray was eating dinner there, and asked if he may have accidentally dialed 911 and was talking about a case to someone, since there was talk of robbery and they heard Gray’s name mentioned.

“When we stepped out back to talk, the dispatcher was able to pinpoint the phone, and the call was coming from somewhere in the parking lot at Brothers. At that time, they located the two suspects sitting in the vehicle,” Gray said.

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Cumberland's Marquis Yates Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of the Cumberlands' Marquis Yates has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Here's a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cumberlands' (Ky.) Marquis Yates is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees.

Marquis Yates – Cumberlands (Ky.) – Sr. – Forward – Manassas, Va.

- In two games last week, Yates led Cumberlands to a 2-0 mark averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds.
- He scored 22 points against Kentucky State to go with six rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a steal as the Patriots won, 84-63.
- Yates then tallied 15 points and eight boards in a 78-65 victory over Indiana Southeast. He also recorded two steals and an assist.
- In the two games, he shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. Yates was 10-for-10 from the free throw line as Cumberlands sits at 11-3 on the season.
- Yates earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career.

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