After struggling to shoot him in their first two games, Mason County finally saw shots on a regular basis and the offensive numbers proved it in a 96-78 win over Bourbon County on Tuesday night in of the Royals’ home opener at the Fieldhouse.
The Royals shot 61% from the field, 50% from three and 90% from the free throw line in the offensive display.
“Very selfless tonight. Well shot the ball. It’s the first time we’ve seen outside shots come in, ”Royals coach Brian Kirk said. “This is the pace we want to play every night for 32 minutes. When we can get the ball out, push in transition, score baskets early, it just helps the flow of the game. It makes the game fun for everyone, the kids on the bench, the kids playing and that’s the style. that we want to play for 32 minutes.
More impressive still, they did it with less force, but got some positive injury news as Nate Mitchell debuted the season with eight points in 13 minutes of action.
“We have guys who have been hit, beaten, come back from injuries, different things. Bringing Nate back slowly, Nate played extremely well tonight, stepped in and looked like he didn’t miss a beat, ”Kirk said. “When your man # 1 came out it affected everything, but other guys stepped in and responded.”
Senior goalie Mason Butler was also suffering from an injury, limited to just over three minutes of action, but others stepped up their efforts despite their limitations.
Khristian Graham-Walton scored 22 points, making nine of 11 shots and reaching the edge at will.
Braylon Hamilton was entered in the starting lineup and took advantage of his opportunity with 12 points on five of six shots from the field.
“KG’s confidence has continued since the second half on Friday night against Fleming County. It carried over to tonight, just see one or two come in. Braylon, when it comes to playing against Nate , KG, Terrell, all you have to do is get your hands and feet ready to shoot the basketball and I thought he did a great job tonight. Took some good shots in the flow of the offense and played against teammates, ”Kirk said.
But it was the Terrell Henry show again, Henry achieving his second consecutive double-double of over 30 points and over 10 rebounds, Tuesday was 32 and 10.
“With Nate coming out early the guys had to step up and I knew my scoring load would have to go up a bit with Nate. Our other guys have definitely stepped up their roles. KG had a big game, Braylon gave us good minutes, Ju was excellent on the bench, ”said Henry. “I think we can go 8-10 guys any night, you saw Connor Butler come in there and hit all three. Landon gave us excellent minutes. We have a bunch of guys who put you 10-12 any night.
Henry and Walton helped spark a 32-point second quarter that broke a tie 22 to end the first with a 54-35 lead for the Royals at halftime that ended with the opening points Connor Butler’s career academics with a half-time triple.
Bourbon, who had won five of the last six games against the Royals, continued to move away to move closer to 12 in the fourth at 76-64 with more than six minutes left after DeJohn Blunt scored six times in a row.
But as they showed last season and into the start of this season, jerk scoring isn’t a problem for the Royals, a 16-0 streak over the next two and a half minutes putting the game off. out of reach as their lead became the biggest of the night at 28 at 92-64.
The reservists came on with three minutes and the change remaining, the Colonels closed on a 14-4 streak to end the game.
Mason County goes 3-0 and has now claimed 17 of 18 wins since last season.
They will host Augusta on Friday night in a game where the Royals will pay homage to the Maysville High Bulldogs on the “Maysville Bulldog” night.
“My assistant coaches did a great job helping set everything up. The Maysville Bulldogs fully deserve this recognition. We’re not doing this to get people to the stands, some people may think that’s the point behind it, we’re doing it because it deserves to be done, ”Kirk said. “Ron Bailey and Danny Weddle have done a wonderful job putting together everything we need. It’s going to be a special night, the success that these two programs have had. Since the consolidation, these two state championship banners are not hanging here without the consolidation. There have been some great players and coaches and they really deserve to be recognized.
Friday’s tip against the Panthers is due for 7:30 p.m.
Bourbon County fell to 0-3, they were led by Layton Starks with 16, one of four double-digit players, while Blunt had 14, Miles Ezell with 12 and Cortayvion Smith with 11. The Colonels have. shot 48% from the field but only hit a single 3-point pointer in the contest against the seven Royals.
ROYALS 96, COLONELS 78
BOURBON COUNTY – 22-13-23-20 – 78
MASON COUNTY – 22-32-18-24 – 96
Bourbon (78) – Starks 16, Blunt 14, Ezell 12, Smith 11, Dumford 8, Green 7, Flynn 4, Robinson 2, Reece 2, Hilander 2
mason (96) – Henry 32, Walton 22, Hamilton 12, Mitchell 8, Bierley 7, Booker 6, Butler 3, McClanahan 2, Owens 2, Royse 2
Field objectives: Bourbon 31/64, Mason 35/57
3-Pointers: Bourbon 1/8, Mason 7/14
Free throws: Bourbon 15/21, Mason 19/21
Rebounds: Bourbon 28 (Blunt 7), Mason 31 (Henry 10)
Aids: Bourbon 3, Mason 8
Fly : Bourbon 14, Mason 10
Sales figures : Bourbon 11, Mason 14
Personal faults: Bourbon 16, Mason 21
Recordings: Bourbon County 0-3, Mason County 3-0