Tigers dis-Rupp Wildcats


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins gets the Wildcats started with a “3” out of the corner. Hoskins had 8 points in the opening round of the state tournament.


Wildcat senior Ryan Boggs looks for an opening in the Murray defense during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.


Buckhorn’s Shannon Blank dumps the ball off to a cutting team mate during the Sweet Sixteen.


Buckhorn’s Daniel Hurley hits a “3” late in the game for the Wildcats.


Wildcat senior Josh Crank goes over the Murray defense for two of his team high 16 points during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.


The Buckhorn Wildcats kicked off the Sweet Sixteen this past week. The Wildcats got things started with the Murray Tigers.

Buckhorn got on the board first as Connor Hoskins hit a “3” out of the corner. Murray hit a couple of shots to take the lead, but it didn’t last long as Josh Crank hit a pair of free throws, and Connor Hoskins connected on another “3” (8-4).

The Tigers then went on a run that netted them the 14-8 advantage with 2:38 remaining on the clock. The Wildcats picked up the pace, and began to crawl back into the game. With time running out in the frame, Austin Morris hit a “3” that pulled Buckhorn to within one at 15-16.

The Tigers turned up the defensive pressure in the second period, leaving the Wildcats looking for a good look at the basket. A couple of minutes into the second period, Austin Morris hit his second “3”, tightening the score at 18-21. It would be the last points of the half for Buckhorn. Murray went into the locker room with the 33-18 advantage.

Buckhorn would slow the Murray offense in the third period, but could not find a way to cut away at their deficit. The closest the Wildcats could get in the frame would be 14 points (23-37).

The closest Buckhorn would be able to get in the final period would be 21-points (35-56) at the 3:00 mark. Murray ended the game on a run, and finished with the 35-62 win.

Josh Crank led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points on the day. Buckhorn finished their season with a 19-16 mark.

Buckhorn (35) Ryan Boggs 2 (2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Daniel Hurley 3 (1 rebound, 3 blocks and 1 steal), Shannon Blank (1 rebound and 1 assist), Josh Crank 16 (6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), Connor Hoskins 8 (4 rebounds and 2 steals), Nicholas Stidham (1 rebound), Andrew Bush (1 rebound), Johnavan Stidham (1 rebound), Donavan Engles (2 rebounds), Austin Morris 6 (1 rebound and 1 steal).

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins gets the Wildcats started with a “3” out of the corner. Hoskins had 8 points in the opening round of the state tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1518.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins gets the Wildcats started with a “3” out of the corner. Hoskins had 8 points in the opening round of the state tournament.

Wildcat senior Ryan Boggs looks for an opening in the Murray defense during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1583.jpgWildcat senior Ryan Boggs looks for an opening in the Murray defense during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.

Buckhorn’s Shannon Blank dumps the ball off to a cutting team mate during the Sweet Sixteen.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1608.jpgBuckhorn’s Shannon Blank dumps the ball off to a cutting team mate during the Sweet Sixteen.

Buckhorn’s Daniel Hurley hits a “3” late in the game for the Wildcats.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1689.jpgBuckhorn’s Daniel Hurley hits a “3” late in the game for the Wildcats.

Wildcat senior Josh Crank goes over the Murray defense for two of his team high 16 points during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1724.jpgWildcat senior Josh Crank goes over the Murray defense for two of his team high 16 points during the opening round of the Sweet Sixteen.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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