The Republic Bank Classic did not do much for Harrison County’s won-loss record as the Thorobreds lost three of the four games they played in the event.
However, the Breds learned a lot about who they are and how far they can go as the Harrison County boys played almost well enough to win all four games.
They opened with the five-point loss to the host and eventual winner Lexington Catholic before defeating nine-game winner Clinton County.
The Thorobreds then dropped a 14-point game to Apollo of Owensboro in a game that was closer than the final outcome.
Apollo has also won nine times this year and has defeated some top competition.
Then came Sunday afternoon’s game with the Henderson County Colonels where there were 13 ties and 12 lead changes.
The game was a series of offensive outbursts with each team countering the others scoring achievements.
The first run was made by Henderson County late in the first quarter as they advanced a 22-22 score to a 34-26 lead.
However, the Breds ran off an 11-4 run through the final part of the first period and into the second to only trail by 38-37 at the half.
Junior Trent Thompson scored 12 of his 18 points in the game in the first half to lead the Thorobreds’ assault.
Sophomore Zack Pulliam scored 10 points off the bench in the first half as the Breds tried to match the 2nd Region power Colonels.
Henderson County’s junior guard David Simmons led the Colonels with 14 first-half points.
Harrison County took the lead midway through the third stanza, 46-42, before the Colonels rallied with six straight points to take a two point lead.
The Breds again bounced back to take a lead at 53-52 before Henderson County scored seven unanswered to go ahead by six with seven minutes left in the game.
Harrison County still trailed by six with less than a minute to play 73-67 when the Colonels missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw and Dillon Pulliam hit a three pointer to cut the lead in half with 38 seconds left.
Harrison County missed a chance to score after the Colonels again failed to convert free throws but could not connect on the offensive end.
A turnover by the Colonels with five seconds left gave the Breds another chance and they made the most of it as Zack Pulliam hit a three point shot to tie the game and put it into overtime.
The Thorobreds took an early lead on a basket by Thompson and, after a one for two free throw experience by Henderson County; Zack Pulliam made another three for a 78-74 advantage.
This is where Henderson County’s best player Simmons took charge spurring an 8-0 run to give the Colonels the lead that they would not surrender.
The ensuing deficit along with three Thorobreds, Mason Ritchie, Thompson, and D.J. Jenkins, fouling out was too much for the Breds to overcome.
The Breds did cut the lead to 83-81 with 40 seconds to play, but Henderson County made enough free throws down the stretch for the win.
Simmons led all scorers with 28 points while Zack Pulliam and Jenkins had 22, Thompson, 18, and Dillon Pulliam, 14, for the Thorobreds.
The Breds were just on the short end of each statistic for the game. They shot 46 percent from the field while Henderson County shot 49 percent.
They were 10 of 29 from three behind the arc while the Colonels were 10 of 23. Henderson County out rebounded Harrison County by a 36-to-30 margin.
The game was another in the near miss series.
The Thorobreds are now 5-7 while Henderson County is 6-4.