The Harlan County Black Bears captured the title in the junior varsity division of the state AAU tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington last weekend.
Harlan County captured the state title Sunday by routing Bryan Station 62-29 in the finals. The HCHS guards carried the offense, led by Trey Sanders with 19 points, Zach Wilson with 17 and Cody Bumgardner with 11.
The Bears downed Rowan County 47-24 in the semifinals and Tates Creek 56-32 in the quarterfinals in action earlier in the day. WIlson poured in 18 in the win over Rowan. Fred Massey scored 15 in the victory over Tates Creek. Caldwell and Sanders added 13 each and Bumgardner contributed 10.
The Bears downed West Jessamine 56-18 and Whitley County 48-35 in tournament action Saturday, and defeated Clinton County 54-45, Dunbar 45-9 and Woodford County 48-31 in pool play.
Harlan County (62) — Tyler MIller 4, Zach Caldwell 2, Zach Wilson 18, Cody Bumgardner 11, Trey Sanders 19, Fred Massey 6, Patrick Smallwood 2, Caleb Hogue 1.
Bryan Station (29) — Andre Davis 16, Tim Dunn 8, A.J. Gibson 3, Jahlon Mock 2.
Harlan County closed the varsity summer season at 26-2 with an 82-73 loss to Henry Clay in the state AAU quarterfinals.
Senior center Aaron Caldwell led the balanced Harlan County attack with 21 points. Tyler Brewer added 19, followed by Chad Massingill with 14 and Alex Sergent with 10.
Harlan County, the preseason favorite in the 13th Region, finished the summer with a 26-2 record. Both of the Bears’ losses came during the weekend and both came against Lexington schools as Lafayette downed HCHS on Thursday.
Henry Clay (82) — Setzer 10, Grundy 19, Cunningham 7, Tisdale 16, Green 14, Ware 16.
Harlan County (73) — Tyler Brewer 19, Alex Sergent 10, Chad Massingill 14, Aaron Caldwell 21, Tyler Miller 4, Zach Caldwell 2, James Bond 3.