One of the most prestigious and longest running hoops events once again experienced a nice dose of Volunteer flavor.
The 34th annual Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic in Fairdale Kentucky is a site to behold. In basketball crazy Kentucky teams from all over the country make their way to the Bluegrass to participate in this monumental tournament.
CPA, winners of the event in 2011 and 2012 again brought a new group of Lions into the fray.
CPA started things with a 73-65 win over Hopkinsville (KY) behind 29 points from wunderkind Tyger Campbell (CPA) and 22 from highly decorated junior Braxton Blackwell (CPA). Indiana Wesleyan signee Micah Davis (CPA) added 19 in the win.
That win moved the CPA all-time King of the Bluegrass record to 9-0.
Win #10 would come against Southshore (NY) as Mr. Blackwell led the cause with 28 big ones. Davis chipped in with 11 in the low scoring 44-41 victory.
In the semi-finals the Lions ran into a very tough St. Johns squad who narrowly defeated the Tennessee crew 54-52. Campbell led the way with 18 followed by Blackwell with 16 points and 12 caroms. Davis finished with 11.
Louisville Doss would be the Lions opponent in the 3rd place contest and what a game it turned out to be with CPA coming up just short 80-71 despite 27 points from Blackwell, who received an offer from Louisville while at the event.
Campbell added 17 and Davis pitched in with 15.
Blackwell and Campbell were both selected to the ultra prestigious All-Tournament team.
Blackwell finished among the scoring leaders with a four game average of 23.3. Campbell concluded the event at 17.3.
On another Tennessee note two members of the Tennessee Bobcats 17 and Under AAU squad Peyton Woods (Kentucky) and Trey Blevins (Kentucky) were both selected to the All-Tournament team after leading Wayne County to an impressive finish.
Woods had scoring games of 23, 26, 24 and 24 and dropped 22 3's in the four games he played.
Blevins had a huge scoring effort against Owensboro managing 35 points including 19 in the fourth quarter.