In Dec. 25 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Sports Editor
The Russell County Lakers swept three games this past weekend to capture the Covered Bridge Classic holiday tournament title in Fleming County.
The Lakers remain undefeated on the year at 8-0.
“We had a pretty good weekend,” Coach Willie Feldhaus said. “We played very well.”
The Lakers defeated Estill County, Fairview and Williamstown to capture the tournament’s championship.
The Lakers won each game by double digits, defeating Williamstown 72-56 on Sunday, Fairview 64-54 on Saturday and Estill County 77-59 on Friday.
Feldhaus said his team’s defensive effort was consistent throughout the three-game stretch, as it has been this entire season.
“I thought our kids handled it well,” he said about playing three games in three days. Feldhaus said that any time a team plays that many straight games it is going to be difficult.
Feldhaus cited junior Robbie Bell as a player that really stepped up his performance in the tournament, scoring double figures each game and rebounding well.
Against Williamstown in the title game, senior Bryon Ellis led the Lakers with 16 points while junior Bryson McFall scored 12 points.
Bell scored 10 points and had nine rebounds while Adam Justice also scored 10 points. Lucas Justice, Zach Carney and Kyle Burchett all scored eight points apiece in the title game.
In the semifinal game against Fairview, the Lakers were led in scoring by Bell with 23 points. McFall scored nine in the game while Ellis and Lucas Justice scored eight apiece.
Adam Justice scored seven points while Carney scored six points in the game.
Feldhaus said the Lakers, even though being undefeated at 8-0, remain mentally tough.
“It’s a long year and our kids understand the big picture,” he said. “We have to work hard every day and that is the key to winning.”
He said he has a smart bunch of players that won’t let the successes of the early portion of the schedule go to their heads.
“They know they have to come out and compete every game.”
The Lakers play again on Dec. 29 in the Monticello Banking Invitational tournament.
Feldhaus and his players will take a few days off for Christmas before getting back on the court.