While things may not have clicked on all cylinders, Mason County still ended up with 82 points after three quarters of the game.
A running clock too.
The Royals got away with an 87-60 victory over Holmes on Tuesday night at the Fieldhouse.
They did so by shooting 53 percent from the field, knocking down 10 3-pointers and forcing the Bulldogs to make 25 turnovers.
After a slow start and a 23-20 lead in the first quarter, the Royals took off from there.
“I just felt like mentally we weren’t ready to play. Dropped out a top six or eight, called an early time-out and we weren’t playing by our Mason County basketball standards. We really did. challenged our guys and they responded, ”Royals coach Brian Kirk said.
A 14-4 run to open the second quarter took his lead to double digits after a Mason Butler treble, Holmes was unable to reduce the lead to 10 the rest of the night from that point on.
At halftime, the Royals had 52 points despite 13 turnovers and hitting just 50 percent of the free throw line.
“Nine turnovers in the first quarter, the 10th came 30 seconds after the start of the second quarter. Just inexcusable. They weren’t really forced turnovers, just turnovers where we mismanaged the ball whatever it was. It definitely needs to get cleaned up, but overall very proud of the way our guys have continued to fight, ”said Kirk.
A 30-point third quarter in which the Bulldogs started to unravel with some technique saw the game be timed on KG Walton’s layup in the dying seconds to bring the score to 82-46 after three quarter games.
The Reservists closed the game from there in fourth, with the Royals going 5-1 this season.
Terrell Henry and Nate Mitchell led the offensive with 17 points apiece, Henry distributing seven assists, Mitchell keeping pace with his highest points total of the season and knocking down some 3 points.
“My foot is definitely starting to get better. I was a little scared at the start in training and around the first game. It was painful, it made me a little shy, but yeah, it was mental at first, ”Mitchell said.
The 3-point shot is an additional piece of arsenal to Mitchell’s game, already with six facts in his first four games played this season.
“I really worked on my vault shot this summer because last year I attacked a lot and the teams are going to focus on that and I was able to shoot the ball,” said Mitchell.
Ten different players entered the scoring column for the Royals, Walton adding 13, with Landon Scilley coming off the bench and racking up nine points with seven rebounds, including seven in the second quarter when the Royals started to go their separate ways.
Scilley hadn’t scored in his first four games played, but provided other intangibles during that time.
“Coach G (Gilbert) tells me before every game, ‘Be ready, boy. I’m fine and he tells me my role. Sometimes it’s just a rebound, sometimes it’s just moving the ball, no turnovers. I was much more confident in my shooting today, in the last few games it hasn’t been very good. I ran out of guns and stuff like that. Hit those three runs in the second and I had a lot more confidence after that, ”said Scilley.
After being passed by Pikeville 38-16 on Saturday night, Mason County passed Holmes 36-26 on Tuesday.
“It was one of the three keys that was on the pre-game board. We can’t go overboard like we did against Pikeville and expect to win against good teams. Thank our children, it was once again a physical game. Very physical, our children did not let themselves be influenced by this. They continued to play the next piece despite the little mistakes that most of the time we don’t make. Good teams find a way to win when they aren’t playing their best, ”said Kirk.
Holmes was led by Quantez Calloway with 18 points, Nate Pouncy adding 15 as they fell to 2-4 this season. Holmes plays in Highlands on Friday, Mason County headed to northern Kentucky to take on 10th Region foe Scott, also on Friday.
ROYALS 87, BULLDOGS 60
HOLMES – 17-18-11-14 – 60
MASON COUNTY – 23-29-30-5 – 87
Holmes (60) – Calloway 18, Pouncy 15, Garcia 8, Boyd 7, Commodore 6, Boone 3, Perrin 2, McCutchin 1
mason (87) – Henry 17, Mitchell 17, Walton 13, Scilley 9, Booker 8, Butler 7, Hamilton 6, Bierley 5, Royse 3, McClanahan 2
Field objectives: Holmes 20/43, Mason 32/60
Free throws: Holmes 17/24, Mason 13/24
3-Pointers: Holmes 3/9, Mason 10/24
Rebounds: Holmes 26 (Calloway 5), Mason 36 (Two with 7)
Turnover: Holmes 25, Mason 18
Fly: Holmes 18 (Calloway 4), Mason 23 (Booker 4)
Help: Holmes 8 (Two with 2), Mason 18 (Henry 7)
Personal faults: Holmes 22, Mason 18
Recordings: Holmes 2-4, Mason County 5-1