LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The game was over after only seven
Holmes was up by 18 by the end of the first quarter Friday
during a quarterfinal match against Lexington Catholic in the Boys'
Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament. The Bulldogs extended
that lead to 22 by halftime.
After that, Holmes, en-route to its third-straight state
tournament final four, could allow Lexington Catholic to outscore
them 18-5 in a quarter and still win 72-56 at Rupp Arena.
"I think we made a big statement tonight," said senior guard
Jamel Riley. "Were trying to win the state tournament and were
not going to let anybody get in our way."
Holmes (34-2), last seasons runners-up, went ahead after only a
minute and never looked back, leading by as many as 24 and shooting
55 percent from the field.
Junior forward Ricardo Johnson scored 15 points and Riley added
14 to lead the Bulldogs.
By halftime, the Bulldogs had built a 45-23 cushion in hitting
63 percent of their shots, seven of 12 3-pointers, and
out-rebounding the Knights 19-10. Lexington Catholic shot just 29
percent from the floor in the first half.
The Knights (26-8) managed a spirited rally to cut the lead to
10 in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-5 in the third
quarter. Holmes responded with a 16-2 run to push the lead to
"They average 70 points a game and we just shut them down
defensively," said Holmes coach David Henley.
Lexington Catholic forward Taylor Botkin scored 14 points. Vee
Sanford, having totaled 28 points in the first game of the
tournament, scored just six.