HARRODSBURG — The one thing Boyle County may need most right now is one thing the Rebels don’t have time for right now.
The Rebels are halfway through a stretch of four games in four days in the Whitaker Bank Fort Harrod Classic at Mercer County, with no time to practice and work on the problems that have plagued them in the early weeks of this season.
They fell behind in the first half for the second straight night, but they didn’t get away with it Wednesday, as Ohio County left them far behind in the first half and cruised to a 75-60 quarterfinal victory.
Coach Steve Adams said the Rebels are in need of some practice time,
“Right now we’re like an old washing machine: We’re working hard, we’re just not getting the clothes clean,” Adams said. “We’ve just got to find some answers and get some practice time and try to get it figured out.”
First, Boyle (2-5) will play two more games in the 16-team Mercer tourney. The Rebels face Miami (Fla.) this afternoon in a consolation-round game, and they would play Danville on Friday if both they and the Admirals win or lose today.
The Rebels were relegated to the losers’ bracket after hot-shooting Ohio (9-0) opened a big lead in the first half. The Eagles shot 60 percent in the first half, going 18 for 30 overall and 5 for 7 from 3-point range.
Ohio finished at 56 percent and scored more points than Boyle had given up in any of its previous six games. Meanwhile, Boyle shot just 29 percent (7 for 24) in the first half and finished at 35 percent.
“That’s a bad combination,” Adams said. “We can’t guard anybody, and we can’t score, and that’s two important facets of basketball that you need to be able to do that we’re not very good at. We just have to go back to practice as soon as we get out of this tournament and go back to work, see if we can find somebody that can put the ball in the basket and ... work on guarding somebody.”
The Eagles went 11 for 14 in the second quarter, when they opened a 44-21 lead, while the Rebels were just 3 for 17.
Logan Baumann, who led Ohio with 20 points, scored six unanswered points during a run of eight straight by the Eagles that gave them an 18-7 lead with 1 minute, 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
Four of Baumann’s points came on free throws resulting from back-to-back technical fouls, one on the Boyle bench and one on Adams.
A three-point play by Kyle Rice, who had 20 points for Boyle, reduced the margin to single digits, but it didn’t stay there for long. An 11-2 run gave the Eagles a 29-12 lead less than 90 seconds into the second quarter, and they later scored nine straight points, including seven by B.J. Morse, to go up 42-20.
The Eagles held their largest lead at 59-34 midway through the third quarter before the Rebels scored nine in a row, including four by Micah Satterly.
Satterly scored 17 points for Boyle. Trevor Lewis had 18 for Ohio on 8-of-11 shooting.
The Eagles, who play Southwestern in a semifinal tonight, outrebounded the Rebels 41-34. Boyle got five rebounds each from Rice, Michael Arnett and Devin True.
Lexington Christian 58, Danville 55 — Danville (1-5) fell behind 10-0 at the start of the game and could never catch LCA (5-2) in a quarterfinal loss.
Tryston Ford scored 27 points for the Admirals, who trailed 19-9 after one quarter.
“It was kind of like what we’ve done all year,” Danville coach Andrew Zaheri said. “In the first quarter we put ourselves behind the eight-ball. ... When you’re always trying to come back you’re in a hurry-up mode, and it’s so hard to catch up, let alone try to execute and play the right way.”
Alex Burnside added 10 points for Danville. The Admirals, who won their first game of the season the day before, play Southern today.
Taylor Barnette led LCA with 19 points. The Eagles, who have won four straight, made 19 of 27 free throws.
Allen County-Scottsville 65, Mercer County 62, OT — Mercer (1-7) lost an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and fell to Allen (4-4) in overtime in a consolation-round game.
The Titans led 43-32 after three periods, but Allen rallied behind Thaxton Spears, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
The Titans were 21 for 37 at the free throw line, going 14 for 20 in the fourth quarter and 3 for 6 in overtime; the Patriots were 16 for 31.
Mercer’s Jordan Duncan scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, going 6 for 10 at the foul line.
Blake Pennington scored 20 points for Mercer, which played Boyd County in a consolation-round game this morning. Spears and Josh Jones had 20 each for Allen.
Whitaker Bank Fort Harrod Classic
At Mercer County
Boyle County 10 26 43 60
Ohio County 22 47 61 75
BOYLE (2-5) — Kyle Rice 20, Michael Arnett 1, Micah Satterly 17, Chapman Bean 2, Zach Leigh 2, Hagen Tyler 5, Brett Jones 6, Devin True 4, Aram Martin 3.
OHIO (9-0) — Preston Lambrich 8, Jonathan Wortham 4, Trevor Lewis 18, Logan Baumann 20, Austin Dockery 6, Matthew Sloyan 7, Cody Murphy 4, Bo Bennett 2, B.J. Morse 6.
Lexington Christian 19 32 48 58
Danville 9 24 41 55
LCA (5-2) — Patrick Nickodem 6, Tyler Harville 4, Taylor Barnette 19, Travis Branham 10, Taylor Blair 8, John Stein 2, Matt Ross 4, John Hale 1, Jerry Asberry 4.
DANVILLE (1-5) — Rob Caudill 5, Devonta Alcorn 4, Tryston Ford 27, Christian Gateskill-Fuqua 7, Tanner Goodman 2, Alex Burnside 10.
Allen County-Scottsville 11 15 32 56 65
Mercer County 8 25 43 56 62
ALLEN (4-4) — Josh Jones 20, Austin York 17, Thaxton Spears 20, Austin Napier 4, Conner Ross 4.
MERCER (1-7) — John Ingram 11, Drew Davis 8, Russell Sims 7, Blake Pennington 20, Jordan Duncan 14, Chris Goodman 3, Lewis Price 6, Will Hager 9.