By Les Dixon
RUPP ARENA – After seeing South Oldham cut its lead to one point late in the first quarter, Hopkinsville put the pedal to the medal by using a 36-10 run that carried over into the second half to cruise to an easy 74-52 win over 8th Region champion South Oldham.
The Tigers’ Jaqualis Matlock had a double-double in the first half and finished the game with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 20 points on seven-of-nine shooting while Trey Edwards scored 16 points.
Timothy Hayworth’s squad connected on 29-of-45 shot attempts from the floor while limiting South Oldham to 19-of-65 shooting from the floor.
“I thought overall it was a really good game for us,” Hayworth said. “I thought we shared the ball really well on offense. Give a lot of credit to South Oldham – they had a good year.”
Hopkinsville, which has now won 24 games in a row, looked like it was going to run away with the game early after jumping out to an 8-1 lead just two minutes into the game. TJ Elam hit a three-pointer while Matlock and Jamonte Davis each added a basket during the run.
But it didn’t take long for South Oldham to get back in the game, as Matthew Haysley and Shae Goodlett cut their team’s deficit to 8-7 at the 2:30 mark.
The Dragons’ 6-0 run must have woke the Tigers up because Hopkinsville closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run to lead 16-7. Dee Henry and Jordan Majors had three-pointers during the stretch.
Hopkinsville continued to dominate early in the second quarter with Matlock opening the period with four straight points, including a thunderous dunk. A three-pointer by Majors with 6:40 remaining in the first half capped off a 15-0 run, giving the Tigers a 23-7 advantage.
The Tigers held on to their double-digit lead at halftime by leading, 37-15. Hopkinsville shot a red-hot 15-of-24 from the floor during the first 16 minutes of the game while the Dragons shot a dismal six-of-31, including a one-of-14 from three-point range.
Matlock dominated the action with 12 points and 12 rebounds during the first half while Jordan Majors added 11.
It was business as usual for the Tigers in the second half, as they led 56-30 at the end of the third quarter before wrapping up the 22-point win.
96TH Annual Boys Sweet Sixteen
at Rupp Arena
Hopkinsville 74, South Oldham 52
South Oldham 7 8 15 22 52
Hopkinsville 16 21 19 18 74
South Oldham (52) – Goodlett 7, Young 4, Mi. Haysley 2, Ma. Haysley 14, Catinna 2, Griffin 6, Jones 7, Blair 2, Greenwood 5, Sherry 3.
Hopkinsville (74) – Davis 3, Matlock 18, Edwards 16, Elam 5, Majors 20, Henry 3, Bell 2, Cager 7.
By Les Dixon
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