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CHS comes up close, but drops three in own Classic

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Eagles lose by combined 11 points to Warren East, Washington, Butler

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Campbellsville nearly knocked off the tourney favorite, but it was a sign of things to come as the host Eagles dropped three close games in the Campbellsville Holiday Classic last week.
After a 59-56 setback to Warren East on Thursday night, CHS fell to Fifth-Region foe Washington County 60-55 on Friday and to Butler County 61-58 on a three-point shot at the buzzer on Saturday.

“We have made some improvements during the  two holiday tournaments and in the CHS Holiday Classic we were in position to win all three games, but just came up a little short,” Eagles’ head coach Tim Davis remarked at the end of his 19th Classic.

“We led Warren East, who was 8-1, until the last four minutes of the game and let it slip away.
“I was not pleased with our effort against Washington County,” David continued. “We did not come out with a sense of urgency or any enthusiasm.  We did make a run late in the game but it was too little, too late.
“In the final game against a good Butler County team we competed  throughout the game and after Tony Barrera’s three-point shot to tie the game with three seconds left Butler County hit that 30-foot shot to win the game.”
Damontez Smith missed only four shots against Warren East to finish with 27 points.
“We still need to improve on our passing and decision-making. Right now that is the difference in winning and losing the close games.”
Davis also said “several players have continued to improve, including Smith, who played well in both the Breckinridge County tournament and our tournament.
“A.J. Vaught has made steady improvement,” Davis said. “I love his passion for the game. He wants to do well every night and he hates losing.
“Chris Lasley and Tony Barrera both have shown improvement coming off the bench and giving us a spark, especially with their three-point  shooting.
“We also had to play in both tournaments without some of our key players which also hurt us, especially in the close games when we were in some foul trouble.”
Davis said his team was taking a couple of days the first of this week before hosting Marion County in a girl/boy twinbill on Friday.
The Eagles will also make up a game on Saturday at home vs. Cumberland County (JV at 4 and varsity at 5:30).
“Our January schedule is brutal with games against Taylor County, Marion County (twice), LaRue County, Caverna (All A) and Thomas Nelson.
“Hopefully we can continue to improve and learn how to compete and win some close games, which will help us when it comes time for the post-season.”

Warren East 59, CHS Eagles 56
Campbellsville Holiday Classic
at Campbellsville
Thursday
Campbellsville    15    12    9    20    —    56
Warren East    10    5    17    27    —    59
Campbellsville (56) —
Vaught 0 4-8 4, Young 1 1-1 3, Caldwell 3 0-0 6, Smith 12 3-4 27, Taylor 0 1-2 1, Dial 1 0-0 2, Lasley 4 0-0 11, Barrera 0 0-0 0, Durham 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 11-17 56.
Warren East (59) — Totals 19 14-29 59
3s —
Campbellsville 3 (Lasley 3), Warren East 7.

Washington Co. 50, CHS 45
Campbellsville Holiday Classic
at Campbellsville
Friday
Campbellsville    8    10    12    20    —    50
Washington County    4    11    9    21    —    45
Campbellsville (45) —
Vaught 6 2-5 14, Young 1 1-2 3, Caldwell 0 0-0 0, Smith 4 2-6 12, Taylor 0 1-2 1, Dial 0 0-0 0, Russell 0 0-0 0, Barrera 3 4-6 13, Durham 1 0-1 2. Totals 15 10-22 45.
Washington County (50) — Totals 13 23-36 50.
3s —
Campbellsville 5 (Barrera 3, Smith 2), Washington County 1.

Butler Co. 61, CHS Eagles 58
Campbellsville Holiday Classic
at Campbellsville
Saturday
Seventh-place game
Campbellsville    13    10    17    18    —    58
Butler County    18    8    16    19    —    61
Campbellsville (58) —
Vaught 6 2-3 16, Young 3 1-4 7, Caldwell 1 1-2 3, Smith 5 4-4 15, Taylor 4 0-0 9, Dial 0 0-0 0, Barrera 3 0-0 8, Durham 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-13 58.
Butler County (61) — Totals 23 10-13 61.
3s —
Campbellsville 6 (Vaught 2, Barrera 2, Smith 1, Taylor 1), Butler County 5.