Southwestern’s Sweet Sixteen run ends in semis
Southwestern gave top-ranked Trinity a fight before falling 56-47 Saturday in a Boys Sweet Sixteen semifinal in Lexington.
The Warriors went toe to toe with the Shamrocks through the first two quarters and the early part of the third before Trinity took control. The game was tied at 26-all with 6:32 left in the third quarter before Trinity outscored Southwestern 20-4 in just 3 minutes to take a 46-30 lead. That run included four 3-point goals for the Shamrocks, who were 6 for 12 from outside the arc in the second half after going 2 for 12 in the first half. (Click here for the box score.)
Southwestern used an 11-0 run sparked by three layups by Robby Lewis to get back in the game and was within 36-33 when the fourth quarter began before Trinity pulled away to win a physical game.
“It was the battle I thought it would be. We knew it would be a war physically, and it was,” Southwestern coach Steve Wright said.
The Warriors shot just 34 percent from the field and were 4 for 18 from 3-point range. The Shamrocks shot 41 percent and outrebounded the Warriors 35-29.
Lewis led Southwestern with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, closing his high school career with a 3-point basket just before the buzzer. David Kapinga added 13 points but was done for the day after suffering a blow to the head early in the fourth quarter. Kapinga also had five assists, and Justin Edwards had nine rebounds.
Nathan Dieudonne had 16 points and seven rebounds and Charles Foster had 12 points and seven rebounds for Trinity, which will play the Oldham County-Scott County winner for the championship tonight.
Kapinga and Edwards represented Southwestern on the all-tournament team. Kapinga had 41 points and 11 assists and Edwards had 32 points and 31 rebounds in the Warriors’ three tournament games.
Southwestern ends the best season in school history at 29-9.
“I’ve been lucky to be around a lot of good teams, and these guys battle. They just battle,” Wright said. “If you’d seen us the first three weeks of December, it’s been quite a transformation.”