Poor free throw shooting in the fourth quarter Sunday sent the Harrison County Thorobreds down to a 65-59 defeat to Rowan County and sixth place in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.
The Breds had previously defeated Louisville Southern, 67-41, and Louisville Manual, 65-64, while losing to Somerset, 66-48, in the four day tournament.
The Classic began on Thursday night with the game against the Trojans of Louisville Southern.
This game was close for the first half as Southern’s senior guard Randell Pickett scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the opening half.
Harrison County led by seven points 35-28 at the half after trailing by a 12-10 score after one period.
Key turnovers got to the Trojans in the second half, which gave the Thorobreds some easy baskets and caused Southern to commit fouls.
Harrison County shot 32 free throws for the game making only 11 while Southern attempted only seven free throws.
Harrison County put three players in double figures with junior Dillon Pulliam leading the way with 17.
Senior Tyler Wagner added 13 and fellow senior Jordan Stubbs scored 11. Wagner also was the leading rebounder for Harrison County with six while Elijah Gross, Jordan Martin and Grant Carr each had five boards.
The loss left Southern with a 7-7 season record.
The Friday opponent was the Somerset Briar Jumpers on their home floor.
Somerset entered with an impressive 8-2 record after defeating Danville, 49-41, in the opening round of the Classic.
The Thorobreds showed some early game jitters as they turned the ball over six times in the first period while the Jumpers were hitting on 3 of 5 behind the arc to jump out to an 18-14 first quarter lead.
The Somerset big people, 6-foot-8 Ryan Weddle and 6-foot-5 Tyson Williams, caused some of the Breds ills as they altered shots underneath the basket pushing their team out to as much as a 10-point lead in the second period.
The Breds fought back to cut the lead to nine at halftime, 33-24.
Harrison County’s shooting skills left them in the third period as the visiting Breds hit on only four of 18 from the field in the opening period of the second half.
Solid Harrison County defense held Somerset back though and going into the final period Harrison County only trailed by 10 at 45-35.
Somerset scored the first six points of the fourth period, however, and put the Breds away by the final 66-48 margin.
Stubbs had 14 points for the game while Pulliam was the only other Bred in double figures with10.
Weddle looked like an all star in this game with a 21-point, 12-rebound effort to lead Somerset.
Saturday’s Louisville Manual versus Harrison County match up was one with two teams that were disappointed in the last game they played.
Disappointed not so much in the loss but in the margin of defeat as both Manual and Harrison County were soundly defeated on Friday.
Manual came into the game with a 7-6 record owning a victory over Mayfield in the tournament as well as a 76-51 loss to Southwestern.
Manual took an early lead on the Breds holding a 15-9 lead at the end of the first period.
During this and the early part of the second period, the Thorobreds were playing man-to-man on defense and were having difficulty stopping the Louisville squad.
Harrison County switched to a two/three zone and turned the game around especially in the third period when the Thorobreds out-scored Manual by 18-11 and took a four-point lead into the fourth period.
Manual took advantage of some shoddy ball handling and strange clock operations in the final stanza, but Harrison County held on for a 65-64 win and a date with Rowan County’s Vikings on Sunday.
Pulliam again led the Breds in scoring with 13 followed by Stubbs with 12 and Scott Kendall with 11.
Pulliam was also the leading rebounder for Harrison County with six.
Senior Andy Tillman led the Crimson scoring with a game high 22 points.
This game featured the only decent free throw shooting performance of the tournament for Harrison County as the Breds hit on 16 of 19 from the line.
Sunday the Breds ran out of gas at the end and missed five of seven fourth quarter free throws in the 65-59 loss to Rowan County.
The game was close throughout with Rowan County holding the largest lead of 12 points midway through the second period only to see the Breds score 14 straight to take the 32-30 lead and carry a 36-34 lead into the halftime break.
Harrison County led the game at three of the four quarter stops the end of the fourth quarter being the exception.
For the game, the glaring difference was the foul shooting as both teams attempted 21 with Harrison County connecting on 12 and Rowan County making 16 of 21 including eight of nine in the closing period.
The game came down to the last part of the fourth period when the Vikings took the lead with five minutes to play at 55-54.
From that point until one and one half minutes left, the Breds took three quick three-point attempts, missed a good field goal try and made one of two free throws.
Meanwhile the score went to 61-55 in favor of Rowan County as the Breds did play some good defense causing Viking turnovers.
Carr made a three pointer with 1:25 left to cut the lead to three at 61-58.
Rowan County missed a field goal and a free throw on the next two trips down the floor but Harrison County was only able to connect on one of three from the line to make the score 61-59 with 30 seconds to play.
Rowan County made four free tosses to end the game while Harrison County missed a field goal attempt and two more free throws to go down to their fifth defeat in 13 tries.
Coach Larry Kendall was not willing to place all of the blame on playing four games in four days.
“We missed crucial free throws and made some key turnovers,” said the first year head coach. “The second group played well when they were in so we will be re-evaluating who we are playing at certain times. Maybe I am playing the wrong people.”
The Breds are home on Friday to face the Polar Bears of Bracken County (3-10) then travel to Paris (1-11) on Saturday before returning home on Tuesday night to face the improving Cardinals of George Rogers Clark (5-9).