HARROGATE, TENN. — A 12-game summer winning streak ended for the Harlan County Black Bears on Friday in the Lincoln Memorial University Team Camp.
The Bears had coasted to a pair of wins earlier in the day, 61-38 over Gate City, Va., and 72-44 over Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and led Bearden, Tenn., 42-36 before Bearden went on a 19-2 run to claim a 57-46 win.
Senior guard Treyce Spurlock scored 17 points and senior center David Turner added 14 for the Bears. Drew Nolan contributed five points, followed by Cameron Carmical and Alex Pace with four each and Gabe Price with two.
Spurlock poured in 25 points and Carmical added 15 in the win over Gate City. Taylor Spurlock tossed in six, followed by Nolan with five, Turner with four and Pace, Jared Hawkins and Elisha Smallwood with two each.
Harlan County trailed 12-6 before Spurlock started a 14-0 run with a jumper and ended it with a dunk. Carmical and Turner each had two baskets in the decisive run as the Bears built a 29-19 lead by halftime.
Carmical and Spurlock took turns scoring in a 22-4 run to open the second half. Taylor Spurlock’s 3 extended the Bears’ lead to 31 late in the scrimmage.
Carmical’s 3-pointer capped a late run in the first half to give the Bears a 39-26 halftime lead over Cumberland Gap. Spurlock and Pace each hit 3-pointers as the Bears ran away in the second half, building a 30-point lead late in the scrimmage.
The Bears were led by Carmical with 23 points and Spurlock with 21. Pace contributed 10. Nolan, Turner and Price added six each.
Harlan County survived two close calls to improve to 6-0-1 in junior varsity action.
The Bears blew a 10-point lead against Middlesboro before winning 43-39 in overtime as Hawkins hit a short jumper and connected on four free throws in the final 61 seconds.
A 12-0 run to close the game sent HCHS to a 56-53 win over Bearden, Tenn.
Harlan County (15-2) returns to action Monday at Corbin in the Tim Short Summer Shootout. The Bears will play Williamsburg and Corbin in pool play. South Laurel, Whitley County and Corbin are in the other pool. A tournament is set for Tuesday.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134