LONDON — Senior guards Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock continued to show why they are two of the top players in the 13th Region as they led the Black Bears to a pair of summer wins Thursday at South Laurel High School.
The Bears grabbed control early on the way to an 80-47 rout of West Jessamine, an 18-win team last season that made it to the 12th Region Tournament. Harlan County had to battle the entire way to edge defending 13th Region champ South Laurel 59-54.
Carmical scored 26 points and Spurlock added 21 in the win over West Jessamine. Spurlock hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening two minutes as the Bears raced to a 15-5 lead. Spurlock added another 3 and three more baskets as the lead grew to 40-21 at halftime.
Carmical took over in the second half, scoring 16 points as the Bears continued to pull away, outscoring the Colts 40-26. Tyrese Simmons added three baskets in the second half and finished with eight points. Drew Nolan added seven points, followed by David Turner with five, Matthew Simpson with four, Alex Pace with three and Michael Simpson, A.J. Simmons and Gabe Price with two each.
Carmical scored 22 points in the win over South Laurel, reeling off eight straight points early in the scrimmage with a four-point play and 3-pointer on consecutive trips. Spurlock and Andrew Creech added baskets as the Bears’ lead grew to 27-16 before South closed the half strong to take a 33-30 lead at the break.
Harlan County raced to a 12-2 lead in the second half against several of the Cardinals’ reserves. With the score cleared at the half, South got as close as four in the second 20-minute half. Senior center David Turner had back-to-back baskets to clinch the win for the Bears, who outscored the Cards 26-18 in the second half.
Spurlock added 14 for the 5-1 Bears. Nolan and Turner contributed eight and six points, respectively. Creech added four. Simmons scored three. Pace tossed in two.
Harlan County defeated West Jessamine 63-47 in junior varsity action as the Bears won both halfs. Freshman center Elisha Smallwood and freshman guard Taylor Spurlock had baskets after the Colts made a late run. Jared Hawkins hit a jumper and Patrick Bynum connected on a 3-pointer as the Bears put the game away.
South Laurel and Harlan County played to a 54-54 tie in the second junior varsity scrimmage for the Bears. South won the first half 30-27 and HCHS won the second half 27-24 as Smallwood hit a free throw in the closing seconds.
Harlan County improved to 4-0-1 in junior varsity action.
Spurlock led the Bears in two wins Friday at Hazard as Harlan County defeated Pike Central 58-38 and Oneida Baptist 56-39.
Four Bears reached double figures against Pike Central as Spurlock scored 16, Nolan tossed in 12 and Carmical and Simmons added 10 each. Turner tossed in six. Pace, Creech and Matthew Simpson chipped in with two each.
Nolan had four baskets in the second half as the Bears went on a 23-4 run. Carmical, Spurlock, Turner and Creech also scores as HCHS built its biggest lead at 48-17 midway through the second half.
Spurlock scored 15, Carmical tossed in 14 and Nolan had 10 in the win over OBI. Turner scored seven, followed by Simmons with six and Creech with four.
Harlan County (7-1) was sluggish early and fell behind 6-0 before a timeout seemed to wake up the Bears. Spurlock and Carmical took turns scoring in a 30-7 run that helped HCHS build a 36-17 halftime lead.
The HCHS junior varsity team improved its record to 6-0-1 with a 52-19 rout of Pike Central and a 51-38 win over Oneida Baptist in action at Memorial Gymnasium.
OBI stayed close early in the second scrimmage before Taylor Spurlock hit two 3-pointers and Jay Harris added one to ignite a 13-2 run to close the first half. Patrick Bynum and Alex Nantz also contributed baskets as the Bears built a 32-14 halftime lead.
The Bears’ advantage grew to 24 points as Michael Simpson, Matthew Simpson, Gabe Price and Bynum scored.
Harlan County returns to action Monday at Leslie County.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134