LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kelan Martin put Ballard on his back, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the Bruins to a 59-55 win over Montgomery County on Saturday in a semifinal of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament.
Ballard (32-4) will play Madison Central in the championship game Sunday at 2 p.m.
Neither team could pull away in a game in which neither team's star - Ballard's Quentin Snider and Montgomery County's Omar Prewitt - could mount much momentum. Prewitt heated up in the second half and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, but the Bruins' defense stuck to him all night.
Snider finished with eight points, four rebounds and five assists.
Montgomery County (33-5) had never appeared in a state semifinal before Saturday.
Ballard has won three state titles - most recently in 1999 - and appeared in the championship game in 2010.