February 9th, 2018

HC fights back, but falls to Bullitt Central

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

HC fights back, but falls to Bullitt Central
Holy Cross' Austin Streble guards Bullitt Central's Aiden Terry / photo by Conor Revell

SHEPHARDSVILLE, Ky. – The Holy Cross boys’ basketball team showed a lack of effort in the first half, but overcame that and fought back.

But, Bullitt Central rallied the troops after blowing a massive lead, and defeated visiting Holy Cross 58-54 in overtime Friday night.

Holy Cross (14-11) led 54-52 before Bullitt Central’s Chandel Ocasio tied the game at 54 with a layup and his teammate Aiden Terry broke the tie when he hit 1 of 2 free throws and then made it 56-54 when he made 1 of 2 from the charity stripe on the next possession.

“We came out and got a three to take the lead in overtime,” Holy Cross head coach Kent Foushee said. “We talk all the time about executing offensively and getting stops. They did a good job of spreading the floor and spread the floor. We didn’t execute and do things on defense to get the win. I wasn’t disappointed with our offensive execution, I was disappointed with our defense”

Ethan Driskell had a chance to tie the game for Holy Cross, but missed both of his free throws while Terry went back to the line and sank both to ice the game for Bullitt Central (17-10).

Bullitt Central dominated the first half racing out to a 16-8 lead and led 30-15 at one point in the second quarter before Holy Cross sliced the lead to 32-20 by halftime.

“We talked about changing our mentality at halftime,” Holy Cross’ Keeton Thornsberry said. “We came out soft and as we get close to the end of the season we definitely need a tune-up both mentally and our focus level. That’s what we worked on in the locker room.”

Holy Cross came out on fire in the second half as they started the half with a 15-3 run and the game was tied at 37 going into the fourth quarter.

“The one thing we have preached all year is that as a coaching staff we shouldn’t have to coach or teach effort,” Foushee said. “If we have to coach or teach effort, you can’t execute. The first half was one of those halves we didn’t show effort. We didn’t play hard and this is probably one of only two times that we have played with no effort. It’s probably the only time I have yelled at them and they responded to that.”

The last eight minutes were wild as there were four ties and four lead changes. Holy Cross had a chance to win at the buzzer but came up empty handed.

Holy Cross shot 19 of 60 (31 percent) from the field including 7 of 24 (29 percent) from three-point land and 9 of 14 (64 percent) from the free-throw line.

Austin Streble led Holy Cross with 13 points and hit 4 of 8 from three-point land.

“My teammates did a lot and were trying to find the open spots,” Streble said. “For me, it was just knocking down shots.”

Sam Bearden added 12 points and Ethan Driskell was a beast down low finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass.

Cade Crawley also had nine points and Thornsberry recorded six points.

No. 12 led Bullitt Central with 20 points and was 8 of 12 from the field while No. 22 recorded 11 points and was 3 of 6 from three-point land.  

Bullitt Central shot 21 of 45 (46 percent) from the field including 7 of 18 (38 percent) from three-point land and 9 of 16 (56 percent) from the charity stripe.

Holy Cross closes the regular season with games against DeSales, St. Xavier, and Bethlehem. The 21st District Tournament is the following week.

“We are playing a tough schedule down the stretch for a reason,” Foushee said. “We can argue that the DeSales, Butler, and Doss district is the toughest in the city or we can argue that our district with Fairdale, Pleasure Ridge Park, and Valley is the toughest in the city.

“Our ultimate goal is to make it to the regional. That’s our goal as a coaching staff, if we don’t make it, the season is a bust. That’s the way we have to look at it. Our next three games are to prepare us for Beth Haven and Fairdale.” 


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