HYDEN — Harlan County added two more wins to its summer total while Harlan and new coach Derrick Akal started its summer schedule by splitting two scrimmages on Tuesday at Leslie County High School.
The Dragons won their summer opener in an unusual fashion, downing Jackson County 63-62 when Austin Adams broke a tie by hitting a technical free throw.
Adams was scheduled to shoot three more free throws after a Jackson assistant coach was assessed two technicals when he said something to an official when he walked on the court to check on an injured player, but after the argument continued the official ruled the game was over with 13.9 seconds left.
Harlan led by 11 midway through the second half before Jackson rallied. Jackson King hit a 3-pointer, then scored off a drive to tie the game in the closing seconds, just before the argument started.
Sophomore Kilian Ledford and freshman Jacob Wilson each hit three 3-pointers and led the Dragons with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Joey Swanner added nine points, followed by Ethan Morton with seven, Trent McKenzie with six, Cade and Carter Barnes with five each, Tate Bryson with three, Kendal Brock with two and Adams with one.
Harlan fell 66-56 to Leslie County in the Dragons’ final scrimmage.
The Dragons battled back from a 12-0 deficit to take the lead briefly before the Eagles went on another run to go up 38-28 at halftime.
Tyler Dixon pushed Leslie’s advantage to 57-40 before Adams sparked another comeback. The junior guard scored all 16 of his points in the second half to help Harlan get as close as six in the final two minutes.
McKenzie added 13 points for the Dragons, followed by Ledford with 10, Swanner with six, Cade Barnes with five, Carter Barnes with four and Morton with two.
Harlan fell 50-33 to Leslie County in junior varsity action.
Harlan County (9-1) continued its pattern of playing well in its first scrimmage of the day and not so good in the second as the Bears routed Hazard 75-29 before struggling through a 51-43 win over Leslie County.
Senior guard Cameron Carmical scored 24 points in the Bears’ win over Hazard. Treyce Spurlock and Tyrese Simmons added 15 and 11 points, respectively. Drew Nolan and Alex Pace contributed eight points each. Michael Simpson added four points, followed by Gabe Price with three and A.J. Simmons with two.
Spurlock scored 13 points and Nolan tossed in 12 to lead HCHS against Leslie County. Tyrese Simmons scored eight, followed by Carmical with seven, David Turner with six and Andrew Creech with five.
The Harlan County junior varsity team improved to 7-0-1 with a 28-15 win over Hazard.
Baskets by Alex Nantz and Patrick Bynum started a run late in the scrimmage as the Bears blew it open.
Both Harlan County and Harlan return to action Wednesday in a team camp at Pineville.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134