The game got off to a slow start as both teams tried to take control of the tempo from the opening tap. By the end of the first period, nothing had been settled as the score was knotted at 10.
As the second period wore on, the Raiders began to take control of the tempo and built a scant lead. Going into the locker room, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 27-24.
Hazard continued to lose ground in small increments throughout the third period. The Bulldogs were able to avoid the double-digit deficit going into the final period (47-39).
The Bulldogs made their best effort to get back into the game during the final minutes of the contest, but the Raiders' resolve was too great. Hazard dropped the game to McCreary Central by the final count of 68-56.
Allan Fugate 4 (4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steal), B. J. Combs 11 (5 rebounds and 1 steal), Jon Combs 2, Eric Back 18 (2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Josh Whitaker 12 (6 assists and 2 steals), Jordan Olinger 6 (6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Joey Meehan 3 (5 rebounds and 1 assist) and Eric Miller (1 rebound). Team stats: field goals: 21/50 (42%), 3-pt field goals: 7/20 (35%) free throws: 7/11 (63.6%).
McCreary Central (63)
Dixon 12, Williams 6, Wright 5, Perry 10, Watts 24 and Roark 11.