This year’s “border battle” game became the main attraction in the West Kentucky Hoops Classic two-day event.
After trailing the first 27 minutes of the game last Tuesday, the Lyons used a combined effort from Jack Reddick and Travis Perry to take the lead about three minutes into the final stanza. The Lyons never looked back, claiming the border battle two years in a row, 83-77.
The Whittington boys paired with Jabrion Spikes had the Lyons down from the start with a 16-8 lead nearing the end of the first quarter. Jack Reddick nailed a 15-foot jumper to trim that back 16-10.
Xavier Bumphus was 3-for-3, allowing Caldwell to make good use of some vital possessions. Collin Whittington also racked up three 3s for the night. Caldwell led 35-27 going into half time.
Caldwell had its largest lead of the night midway through the third quarter. Bumphus’ battle on the block for a bucket put the Tigers up 45-33. Perry and Reddick along with a little help from Jackson Shoulders cut the lead 55-49 by the end of the third quarter.
Three stolen possessions in a row from Perry and Reddick gave the Lyons an open run for the basket adding up to a 70-64 lead for the Lyons. Bumphus dropped a 3 with just 43 seconds on the clock to make it 80-77 but with Caldwell needing to foul to stop the clock, Perry hit 3-for-6 from the line giving the Lyons the 83-77 win.
Perry was named the Lyon County player of the game. Perry totaled 35 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals for the night. Perry was 12 of 22 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point land. He was 8 of 10 at the free throw line. Reddick had a big night as well posting 21 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Bumphus was named Player of the game for Caldwell County with 24 points. Caldwell was led by Spikes with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. The teams will meet again on Feb. 5 at Lyon County for the second installment of this year’s border battle.