The Doss boys’ basketball team was giving No. 5 Pleasure Ridge Park all it could handle in the first half of their quarterfinal game in the Class Act Federal Credit Union Sixth Region Tournament.
The Panthers turned the tables quickly. They scored eight straight points in the final three minutes of the half — capped by a last-second 3-pointer by Bryce Byrd — to take a one-point lead, then scored the first six after halftime and rolled to a 54-42 victory at Valley.
Taywan Taylor had 16 points and six steals to pace PRP (23-7), which will face Bullitt East at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Doss (19-11) used a 10-0 run to take a 20-13 lead with 3:11 left in the second quarter, but Lamontray Harris made a three to kick-start the Panthers’ surge. The 19-2 run spanning halftime “was huge,” PRP coach Dale Mabrey said.
“(The Dragons) were really executing their offense in the first half, and we were struggling to stop different people,” Mabrey said “…The (8-0) run before halftime played a major role in what we did, and we came out right after halftime ready to play. That’s what you need to do at tournament time.”
PRP made 12 of 19 shots (63.2 percent) after halftime and 20 for 40 for the game.
Harris had 15 points for the Panthers, including six in the fourth quarter, as PRP’s lead increased to 48-30. Mabrey said Harris was “huge down the stretch,” and Taylor said he thinks Harris is the best junior in the state.
“Very rarely do you come into a regional tournament and are able to run away from teams,” Mabrey said. “It’s like a mud-wrestling contest.”
A run-out dunk by Taylor, who has signed with Western Kentucky’s football team as a wide receiver, with 1:50 to go made it 52-37 and sent the Panthers on their way.
“He’s so deceptive,” Mabrey said. “You saw it on the football field. … On the basketball court it’s the same way. He’s got so many moves that just throw people off. He’s a hard hombre to handle.”
Montrell Little had 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Doss, which was outscored 16-4 in the third quarter.
* Butler 85, Fern Creek 61: Demetrius McReynolds scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half, when the Bears (23-7) shot 64 percent. They finished at 57.8 percent.
Butler, No. 16 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, scored 29 points in the second quarter and led 42-19 at halftime. The Bears will face Fairdale in Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
“The thing I was most impressed with tonight was our passing,” said Butler coach Shawn Purlee, whose team had 15 assists and 11 turnovers. “We had guys that had open looks that made a pass to get a better open look.”
Fern Creek (6-26) got 14 points from Joe Jackson and 11 from Cameron Brown but shot only 35.2 percent.
* Bullitt East 77, Southern 47: The No. 3 Chargers (29-4) bolted to a 12-0 lead and buried the Trojans (14-17) to open their quest for a third straight Sixth Region title.
Coach Troy Barr said his team appeared rejuvenated after getting Saturday and Sunday off from practice.
“I thought we were a little tired last week … but I thought we had some intensity tonight and they looked like they were fresh,” Barr said.
Bellarmine signee Rusty Troutman had 24 points and seven rebounds for the Chargers, who shot 48.8 percent and hit 33 of 42 free throws. University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis added 19 blocks and four points.
Randell Pickett scored nine points to lead Southern (14-17), which shot just 33.3 percent (17 of 51).
Sixth Region boys’ tournament
Fern Creek (6-26) – Jackson 14, Brown 11, Best 7, Williams 7, Johnson 5, Scott 5, White 4, Avery 4, Wimberly 4.
Butler (23-7) – McReynolds 21, Johnson 13, Whetstone 12, Bell 10, Malone 6, Farrell 6, Harbin 5, Wardrip 4, Dunlap 3, French 2, Bradley 2, Blanks 1.
3-point goals – Jackson 2, Williams, Johnson, Brown, McReynolds 2, Farrell 2.
Doss (19-11) – Little 10, Smith 7, Weaver 7, Williams 5, Colbert 5, Jefferson 4, Franklin 2, Dukes 2.
Pleasure Ridge Park (23-7) – Taylor 16, Harris 15, McDaniels 11, Hunter 6, Byrd 3, Sawyer 3.
3-point goals – Weaver, Willliams, Colbert, Smith, McDaniels, Taylor, Byrd, Harris.
Bullitt East (29-4) – Sharpe 2, Rakes 7, Ru. Troutman 24, Rh. Troutman 10, Jones 1, Wheeler 2, Young 8, Ezell 1, Embry 1, Willis 19, E. Troutman 2.
Southern (14-17) – Andrews 2, Wilson 5, Catalan 5, Pickett 9, Burdick 7, Yelder 7, Means 4, Hamilton 2, Dewboys 2, Bell 4.
3-point goals – Ru. Troutman 3, Willis; Wilson, Catalan, Pickett, Burdick.