Ken-Jah Bosley of Madison Central is certainly upgrading his personal resume in the 32nd annual Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic basketball tournament.
Bosley, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, hit 18 of 24 free throws and scored 40 points as Madison Central, which trailed by 15 points early in the third quarter, rallied to beat Fairdale 87-86 in overtime in a quarterfinal contest before a packed house at Fairdale on Friday night.
Bosley, whose clutch shooting pushed the Indians (8-2) past St. Xavier 79-76 in a first-round game Wednesday, hit 5 of 7 foul shots in the final 27.2 seconds of regulation. Fairdale led 75-70 before the Bulldogs’ Caleb Longacre fouled Bosley on a 3-point shot. Bosley sank 2 of 3 free throws for the personal foul and 1 of 2 shots for a technical foul on Longacre, who vocally disputed the personal foul.
“I was short on a few (free throws), which meant I didn’t have my legs, but I pushed through it when I knew I had to make them,” Bosley said.
For the game, Bosley hit 9 of 21 shots, including 4 of 11 threes.
Bosley’s running mate at guard, Dominique Hawkins, scored 26 points before fouling out with 1:18 left in regulation. The win moved Madison Central into tonight’s 7:30 semifinal against Ballard, which rode a strong second half to beat Hopkinsville 92-69.
“I have two really good guards,” Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said. “Hawkins fouled out for the second straight game, but somehow we won the basketball game. Once we got into overtime, we had all the momentum and I told the kids, ‘Let’s ride it home.’ “
Madison Central, ranked No. 4 in the state coaches’ preseason poll, led 79-76, 81-77 and 85-80 in overtime. Fairdale (6-2) pulled within 81-80, 85-83 and 87-86 on threes by Jose Payne. Payne led Fairdale with 25 points, hitting 9 of 16 shots. Cory Thomas and Darren Lowrey each added 19 points, with Lowrey grabbing 15 rebounds.
* Christ Presbyterian 55, Trinity 47: The Nashville team’s height bothered Trinity at both ends of the floor and the Lions whipped Kentucky’s defending state champion. Jalen Lindsey, a 6-6 junior, scored on four alley-oop dunks in his 18-point, seven-rebound game as Christ Presbyterian — Tennessee’s state Class 2-A champion last season — rolled to 10-0 under coach Drew Maddux.
Braxton Blackwell, a 6-6 freshman, had 14 points and nine rebounds as Christ Presbyterian advanced to tonight’s 9 o’clock semifinal against Bullitt East, which knocked off Pleasure Ridge Park. Christ Presbyterian won last year’s King of the Bluegrass.
Trinity will play PRP at 4:30 in the consolation bracket.
“We knew about Trinity winning the state championship, so we knew they were good,” Lindsey said. “We just came out and played physical against them. We came out and executed.”
Trinity only hit 15 of 47 shots for 31.9 percent despite an 18-point game by Miles Rice, who made 7 of 11 shots, including 4 of 5 threes.
* Ballard 92, Hopkinsville 69: Quentin Snider had 25 points and Kelan Martin had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 1 Bruins (5-2), who trailed at halftime, surged past No. 8 Hoptown (6-2) in the second half of the nightcap.
Hopkinsville led 37-33 at halftime, but Ballard blitzed the Eagles with a 35-13 third quarter.
Jordan Majors had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Hopkinsville, which will play Fairdale.
* St. Xavier 75, Apollo 51: Alex Jones scored 26 points and Robert Shaw added 15 as the Tigers (7-2) prevailed to face Collins at 7:30 tonight.
Cameron Tutt scored 16 for Apollo (8-2), which will play Butler at 6.
* Collins 78, Butler 76 (OT): Dwayne Marshall’s 24 points led the Titans (8-1). Demetrius McReynolds had 28 points as the Bears (6-3) rallied to force the extra session.
* Philadelphia E&T 54, Arizona Mountain Pointe 52: Hakeem Baxter had 20 points as the Lions held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Pride. Philly E&T will play South Shore of Brooklyn, which beat Bowling Green, at 9 p.m., and Mountain Pointe will get the Purples at 4:30.
* South Shore 53, Bowling Green 44: The New York team sank 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter, including 6 of 6 by Terrance Samuel. Bowling Green got 13 points from Blue Tisdale.