6th, 7th-grade Eagles finish as region runners-up

Published 1:12 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Lincoln County Middle School boys basketball teams picked up some hardwood hardware over the weekend, with both the sixth-grade and seventh-grade Eagles finishing as runners-up in the 12th Region Tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington.

The Eagle sixth-graders, led by coach Steve Ralston, saw the most action in the tournament, playing five games to claim their runner-up trophy, while the seventh-grade team, led by coach Carl-Lewis Cummins, competed in four games overall.

The sixth-grade Eagles split in Pool Play, winning their opener 42-21 over Danville Bate before dropping a 50-43 game to Northern Pulaski. They would rebound from the loss, though, defeating Southern Pulaski 31-26 in the quarterfinals of the single elimination tourney. 

Lincoln (21-6) punched its ticket to the finals by edging past Rockcastle County 46-45 in the semifinal round to set up a rematch with Northern Pulaski. Unfortunately for Lincoln, the outcome would be the same, with Northern defeating Lincoln for the tourney title, 49-20.

Lincoln’s seventh-grade team did not get the tourney off to a good start, bowing to Danville Bate 54-53 in the first Pool Play game. However, the Eagles redeemed themselves in the second game, defeating Southern Pulaski 44-35. 

The Eagles (23-3) notched another win over Bate Middle in the semifinal round of the tourney, winning 62-57 to advance to the finals against Southern Middle. Lincoln defeated Southern in Pool Play, but it was Southern earning the win in the title game, beating Lincoln 42-34.

The Lincoln eighth-grade team, led by coach Eric Ralston, also competed in the regional tourney but was eliminated by Northern Pulaski 51-36 in the semifinal round. The eighth-graders (19-6) were 0-2 in Pool Play, falling 60-47 to Rockcastle and 35-34 to Northern Pulaski.

Game results follow:
6th Grade
Pool Play #1
Lincoln 42, Bate 21

Lincoln stats: Sawyer Horton 10 points, 4 steals; Jackson Withrow 9 points; Blade Nuckols 8 points; Connor Davys 6 points, 4 assists, 4 steals; Seth Horton 4 points, 4 assists; Elan Lane 4 points; 7 rebounds; Jacob Moore 1 point.

Pool Play #2
No. Pulaski 50, Lincoln 43

Lincoln stats: Blade Nuckols 14 points; Sawyer Horton 13 points, 4 rebounds; Seth Horton 5 points; Jacob Moore 4 points; Jackson Withrow 3 points; Connor Davis 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Elan Lane 2 points. 

Quarterfinals
Lincoln 31, So. Pulaski 26

Lincoln stats: Blade Nuckols 16 points; Sawyer Horton 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Seth Horton 7 points; Connor Davis 4 assists.

Semifinals
Lincoln 46, Rockcastle 45

Lincoln stats: Blade Nuckols 16 points; Connor Davis 12 points; Sawyer Horton 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Elan Lane 4 points; Seth Horton 2 points, 4 assists; Jackson Withrow 2 points; Jacob Moore 2 points.

Championship Game
No. Pulaski 49, Lincoln 20

Lincoln stats: Seth Horton 10 points; Sawyer Horton 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steal; Jackson Withrow 3 points; Connor Davis 2 points; Blade Nuckols 2 points; Elan Lane 3 assists.

7th Grade
Pool Play #1
Bate 54, Lincoln 53

Lincoln stats: Tramane Alcorn 23 points, 5 assists, 2 steals; Layne Lark 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals; Zack Moore 7 points; Jansen McAninch 5 points, 2 steals; Trevor Miracle 1 point.

Pool Play #2
Lincoln 44, So. Pulaski 35

Lincoln stats: Colton Ralston 15 points, 3 steals; Layne Lark 15 points, 11 rebounds; Zack Moore 6 points; Tramane Alcorn 4 points, 9 assists; Jansen McAninch 4 points.

Semifinals
Lincoln 62, Bate 57

Lincoln stats: Tramane Alcorn 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists; Layne Lark 17 points, 9 rebounds; Jansen McAninch 15 points; Zack Moore 2 points; Colton Ralston 1 point.

Championship Game
So. Pulaski 42, Lincoln 34

Lincoln stats: Tramane Alcorn 16 points; Colton Ralston 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists; Layne Lark 8 points, 2 steals; Jansen McAninch 2 points.

8th Grade
Pool Play #1
Rockcastle 60, Lincoln 47

Lincoln stats: Clayton Davis 17 points, 3 assists; Cruise Wilson 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks; Colin Green 7 points; Skyler Quinn 3 points, 3 assists; Lawson Hon 2 points; Tramane Alcorn 2 points; Lee Amon 1 point.

Pool Play #2
No. Pulaski 35, Lincoln 34

Lincoln stats: Colin Green 9 points; Ryan York 8 points; Cruise Wilson 7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks; Clayton Davis 4 points; Lee Amon 4 points; Tramane Alcorn 2 points.

Semifinals
No. Pulaski 51, Lincoln 36

Lincoln stats: Lee Amon 9 points, 8 rebounds; Cruise Wilson 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals; Skyler Quinn 5 points; Lawson Hon 5 points; Tramane Alcorn 5 points; Clayton Davis 3 points; Ryan York 2 points; Colin Green 1 point, 2 blocks.