LEXINGTON — The Harlan County junior varsity stayed close for most of the first half, then rallied late to get within 10 before falling 62-40 to Henry Clay in tournament action from the Kentucky Basketball Academy Summer State Tournament on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Patrick Bynum led the Bears with 10 points. Freshman guard Taylor Spurlock added eight. Alex Pace scored seven, followed by Gabe Price with four, Michael Simpson with three and Devin Eldridge, Jared Hawkins and Alex Nantz with two each.
Price poured in 19 points and Bynum added 11 as the Bears overpowered Frankfort 71-44 in the opening round of tournament play. Simmons and Spurlock contributed nine points each. Pace tossed in six. Hawkins and Eldridge each scored four. Smallwood added three. Matthew Simpson, Michael Simpson and Nantz scored two each.
Harlan County fell 64-52 to Lexington Catholic in pool play.
Eldridge and Michael Simpson each scored 12 points and Pace contributed 10 to lead the Bears. Matthew Simpson scored seven, followed by Hawkins with four, A.J. Simmons with three, Spurlock with two and Bynum and Elisha Smallwood with one each.
Harlan Count routed Buckhorn 59-32 in pool play. Scoring information was not available.
Harlan County fell to Bryan Station 61-53 in junior varsity action Friday.
Pace led the Black Bears with 17 points. Bynum scored 11. Spurlock contributed nine, followed by Price and Michael Simpson with five each and Simmons, Matthew Simpson and Hawkins with two each.
Harlan County finished the summer with a record of 8-3-1. The team included sophomores Alex Pace, Gabe Price, Michael Simpson, Matthew Simpson, Patrick Bynum and Jared Hawkins and freshmen Taylor Spurlock, Elisha Smallwood, Devin Eldridge, Alex Nantz and Jay Harris.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134