Purples, Cougars advance to Region 4 semifinals

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The Bowling Green boys’ basketball team was in complete postseason form Tuesday night, leading wire-to-wire and making quick work of Allen County-Scottsville in a dominating 78-46 win in the Boys’ Region 4 Tournament quarterfinals at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Purples (25-7 overall) led 28-9 after the opening quarter, extended their advantage to 50-20 at halftime and remained in control throughout the second half en route to the lopsided victory. 

Bowling Green shot 31-of-48 (64.6%) from the field and had five different players finish in double figures, led by Isaiah Mason and Conner Cooper’s 15 points each. Alongside that duo, Turner Buttry and Dorian Morrison both finished with 12 points and Jaxson Banks scored 10. 

Mason Shirley paced the Patriots, who finished their season 15-16, with 14 points. 

BGHS will face Logan County in Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.

Allen County-Scottsville scored the first points of the contest, but Bowling Green used an 8-0 run to take an 8-2 lead at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter. The Purples followed that run up with a 15-0 surge to go up 23-4 late in the period.

Cooper’s 3-pointer at the 3:38 mark of the second put Bowling Green up 44-18, and Dez Wilson closed the frame with a basket inside to send the Purples into the break with a 50-20 advantage.

Allen County-Scottsville outscored the Purples 13-10 in the third quarter, but Bowling Green still led 60-33 entering the fourth and never allowed the Patriots to make a comeback. 

ACSHS –    9    11   13   13   —   46

BGHS –     28   22   10   18   —   78

ACS: Mason Shirley 14, Owen Stamper 6, Charlie Calvert 6, Jax Cooper 4, Tyler Ford 4, Michael Smith 3, Trace McIntrye 3, J.C. Sikes 2, Jordan Turner 2, Wyatt Coffee 2. 

BG: Isaiah Mason 15, Conner Cooper 15, Turner Buttry 12, Dorian Morrison 12, Jaxson Banks 10, Dez Wilson 6, Cobi Huddleston 4, Curtis Lin 3, Bradley Gurley 1. 

Logan County 79, Cumberland County 58

Logan County is moving on.

Behind an all-around dominant performance and big outings from Jose Nazario and Dalton Thompson, the Cougars controlled the game from start to finish and rolled to a 79-58 win over Cumberland County in the Boys’ Region 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. 

LCHS (28-3 overall) built a 22-6 lead after the opening quarter and was up 44-26 at halftime. The Cougars were able to remain in control throughout the second half and move on to the next round.  

While Nazario (20 points) and Thompson (16) combined for 36 points, Dylan Basham also scored 12 points and Anthony Woodard had 10 for the Cougars, who’ll face Bowling Green in Monday’s 6:45 p.m. semifinal.

Dawson Smith led the Panthers, who finished their season 7-22, with 18 points, while Ty Seay scored 15 and Cameron Owsley tallied 12.

Logan County started hot and jumped out to a 15-0 lead at the 3:35 mark of the first quarter before leading 22-6 after eight minutes of action.

Cumberland County cut its deficit to 27-14 just under two minutes into the second, and the Panthers got within 27-20 at the 5:22 mark with Owsley’s basket inside.

Jay Hardison’s 3-pointer – followed by a layup from Nazario – helped the Cougars go into the break up 44-26. 

Thompson converted a three-point play to make it make it 57-42 Logan County with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter, and the Cougars soon took a 60-46 advantage into the fourth.

Woodard’s bucket with 3:37 left put Logan County up 72-54 and sealed it.

CCHS –   6    20 20 12 — 58

LCHS –  22   22 16 19 — 79

CC: Dawson Smith 18, Ty Seay 15, Cameron Owsley 12, Hunter Perdue 8, Grant Thrasher 3, Deacon Duvall 2.

LC: Jose Nazario 20, Dalton Thompson 16, Dylan Basham 12, Anthony Woodard 10, Jay Hardison 9, Nathan Vick 9, Brady Griggs 3.

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