LIT basketball roundup | Littles are the big men for Doss and Iroquois

LIT basketball roundup | Littles are the big men for Doss and Iroquois

News

LIT basketball roundup | Littles are the big men for Doss and Iroquois

By

Montrell Little said he played just “all right” Tuesday, but the Doss High School senior shined when his team needed him the most.

The 6-foot-6 Little scored six straight points to push a one-point lead to seven late in the game as the Dragons beat Eastern 65-60 in the second round of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley.

“Our guys know if we need a basket that Montrell will usually come through,” coach K.C. Goodin said. “He’s done it for three years, so we’re going to feed him and see what happens.”

Little scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Doss, No. 14 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings. The Dragons (12-3) will face either No. 1 Ballard or Kentucky Country Day in Friday’s 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

Little led a balanced Doss offense as three others scored in double figures: Dujuanta Weaver (13 points), Terrell Gray (12) and Dajzon Dukes (10). The Dragons shot 57.8 percent overall and 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

“We’re skilled at every position, from the one through the five,” Little said. “We can really play, and we have a couple of people off the bench who can really play. We just go out and play together.”

Cameron Reed hit 6 of 12 3-point tries and scored 20 points to lead Eastern (11-4). Bryce Walker-Byrd added 15 points and Austin Howard 11 for the Eagles, who were outrebounded 29-24 and hit just 20 of 34 free throws (58.8 percent).

Eastern coach David Henley said the difference was execution in the final minutes.

“When it came down to crunch time, Doss made the plays,” he said. “They know where their bread is buttered. They went to Little, and he produced.”

Little’s 3-pointer gave Doss a 40-28 cushion early in the third quarter before the Eagles rallied. Walker-Byrd’s 3-pointer tied the score at 44 with 7:27 left in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles trailed just 51-50 after Walker-Byrd hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:43 left.

That’s when Little took over, scoring baskets at the 3:07, 2:25 and 1:36 marks to give the Dragons a 57-50 lead.

“I could have done better,” said Little, who was disappointed with getting just nine rebounds. “At least we got the win. That’s what I’m proud of.”

Reed and Trey Moses hit threes to pull Eastern within 63-60 with five seconds left, but Weaver nailed two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Goodin noted his team had scored at least 75 points in six of its previous seven games and has been efficient on offense most of the season.

“We’re scoring because we’re moving the ball,” he said. “Our guys right now are buying into playing together, and together wins.”

Devon Johnson hit two free throws with 1:50 left in overtime to give the Raiders a 62-59 edge.* Iroquois 62, Manual 61:

Manual, which scored the game’s first 15 points, misfired on five shots after that, including a one-hand tap by Dwayne Sutton on an inbounds pass from under the basket with three-tenths of a second left.

“When we were down 15-0, I thought we’d have a long game ahead of us,” said D.J. Little, whose 23 points paced 10th-ranked Iroquois (13-2). “I knew we had to fight back.”

Iroquois finally tied the score at 53 and 56, the latter on Little’s 3-pointer with 1:07 left in regulation. Eric Forehand’s free throw gave the Raiders their first lead at 57-56 to start the overtime. Manual went up 58-57 on a goal by Sutton, but Iroquois countered with a basket by Little and a free throw by Forehand to go up 60-58.

Sutton hit a free throw before Johnson made his two, then Sutton’s basket cut Iroquois’ lead to 62-61 with 1:09 remaining.

Manual, held without a field goal in the fourth quarter, got 32 points from Sutton, a 6-4 junior who hit 8 of 15 shots (including 2 of 5 threes and 14 of 22 free throws besides grabbing 13 rebounds.

Iroquois coach Jeff Morrow stayed calm when his team trailed 15-0.

“It’s easy to stay composed when you know your team is better than what they’re playing,” he said. “Our defense in the last quarter and overtime was the best we’ve played all season.”

* Fairdale’s Joe Cox scored with 1:59 left to tie it at 54, but the No. 8 Panthers closed with a 10-3 run.Pleasure Ridge Park 64, Fairdale 57:

D’Angelo Hunter’s basket gave PRP the lead for good, 56-54, with 1:39 left. After Cory Thomas missed a 3-point try, LaMontray Harris got a breakout dunk for a 58-54 edge with 1:15 left.

Harris (24 points, 15 rebounds) and Hunter (16 points, seven rebounds) helped the bigger Panthers post a 43-33 advantage on the boards. PRP turned 17 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.

Otherwise, PRP struggled, shooting 40 percent overall (26 of 65), including 0 for 14 from 3-point range.

“Teams are really struggling to score against us,” PRP coach Dale Mabrey said. “… We just have to come up with something we can do on offense.”

PRP (12-4), which trailed 42-31 in the third quarter, will face the St. Xavier-Western winner in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

PRP led 42-31 after Drew Glass’ 3-point play with 3:46 left in the third quarter, but Thomas’ layup capped a 15-3 run that gave Fairdale a 46-45 edge with 5:53 remaining.

Thomas had 24 points and four assists to lead the Bulldogs (6-9). Caleb Longacre added 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

LOUISVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

At Cantrell Gym, Valley H.S.

Seeds in parentheses

Tuesday’s results

(10) Iroquois 62, (7) Manual 61, OT

(6) Doss 65, (11) Eastern 60

(9) Fern Creek 80, (8) Waggener 79, OT

(5) PRP 64, (12) Fairdale 57

Today’s games

(1) Bullitt East (14-1) vs. (16) Jeffersontown (7-8), 3:30

(4) St. Xavier (12-2) vs. (13) Western (8-5), 5

(3) Ballard (14-4) vs. (19) KCD (10-5), 6:30

(2) Trinity (11-2) vs. (15) DeSales (12-4), 8:15

Friday’s quarterfinals

(9) Fern Creek (12-4) vs. BE-J’town, 3:30

(5) PRP (12-4) vs. St. X-Western, 5:30

(10) Iroquois (13-2) vs. Trinity-DeSales, 7

(6) Doss (12-3) vs. Ballard-KCD, 8:30

Doss 18 17 7 23 65
Eastern 13 12 16 19 60

– Weaver 13, McCarley 2, Love 2, Dukes 10, Franklin 4, Gray 12, Maddox 3, Little 17, Jefferson 2.Doss (12-3)

– Howard 11, Wyche 1, Reed 20, Walker-Byrd 15, Jones 4, Moses 9.Eastern (11-4)

– Weaver 2, Gray 2, Maddox, Little; Reed 6, Walker-Byrd, Moses.3-point goals

Manual 17 13 14 12 5 61
Iroquois 8 16 12 20 6 62

– Sutton 32, West 7, Boyd 8, Freeman 6, Harness 2, Comstock 3, Horton 3.Manual (11-5)

– Little 23, Forehand 12, Bowling 5, Martin 7, Johnson 9, Smith 4, Miller 1, Malitshanga 1.Iroquois (13-2)

– Sutton 2, Freeman, West; Little 4, Bowling, Martin.3-point goals

PRP 13 14 18 19 64
Fairdale 11 13 17 16 57

– McDaniels 9, Raheem 1, Hunter 16, Stevenson 2, Rushin 2, Gaines 3, Harris 24, Glass 7.PRP (12-4)

– Cox 2, Longacre 17, Mason 4, Thomas 24, Blincoe 5, Johnson 5.Fairdale (6-9)

– Thomas, Blincoe.3-point goals

Latest

More USA TODAY High School Sports