Sunday, January 6, 2013

Willis, Troutman lead Bullitt East to Dunkin Donuts victory

Two college signees led Bullitt East to a 73-60 victory over Lexington Catholic Saturday night in the Dunkin Donuts National Shootout: Derek Willis (Kentucky) and Rusty Troutman (Bellarmine) combined for 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The game was largely won in the first half by the Chargers, outscoring Lexington Catholic 23-12 in the first quarter and 15-11 in the second. Trey Rakes converted an and-1 opportunity at the 3:17 mark in the second period, which sparked Bullitt East to its 38-23 halftime advantage.

That momentum carried into the third quarter, with Bullitt East eventually taking a 27-point advantage in the period. The Knights of Lexington Catholic, however, kept pace with the Chargers and didn’t allow the margin to increase by a significant amount.

Catholic cut Bullitt’s lead to 12 at a couple points in the fourth quarter, once off a three-pointer from Dillon Avare, who finished with a team-leading 13 points. That was the closest the game would get, however.

The Knights were playing without their big man, 6-9 Jack Whitman, who suffered a concussion against Henry Clay. Bullitt East took advantage of that, as they consistently went inside for their points, hitting 20/33 of their two-point field goals.

Bullitt East will next take on Bullitt Central Monday, and Lexington Catholic will host Lexington Christian Tuesday.

Bullit East: 23  15  17  18  73
Rakes 12, Ru.Troutman 18, Rh.Troutman 1, Noffsinger 7, Young 10, Willis 19, E.Troutman 6.

Lexington Catholic: 12  11  16   21  60
Avare 13, Talbott 10, Griffin 10, Dence 4, Johnson 8, Ryan 5, Banahan 10.


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