Cardinals cruise past Breathitt

Published 2:55 am Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LEXINGTON — The George Rogers Clark High School boys basketball team looked strong in its opening game of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic Tuesday.

The Cardinals out-rebounded the Bobcats 38-24 and forced 19 turnovers on their way to a 77-46 win at Lexington Catholic.

GRC (7-4) got 20 points from Ryan Cooper and four other players were in double figures.

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“They really do a good job sharing the basketball and that helps us longterm,” GRC coach Josh Cook said.

The Bobcats (7-5) used a 2-3 zone for most of the game, but the Cardinals were able to solve it.

“We attacked it well,” Cook said. “Cooper did a good job in the middle and (Jordan) Graham did a good job slashing against.”

Despite the zone, which typically helps teams collect rebounds, the Cardinals won the battle of the boards.

“We’re going a good job on the glass,” Cook said. “The game is changing. You still have to box out, but sometimes you have to go and get it.”

Graham finished with 13 points. Will Philpot, Chase Taylor and PJ Williams each scored 12 points. Philpot grabbed seven rebounds and Taylor finished with five boards and five assists.

JJ Johnson had two points while grabbing six rebounds and collecting four assists.