Saturday, March 11, 2000

Campbell Co. loses semifinal

Enquirer contributor

        MAYSVILLE — Mason County Royal sophomore Robert Myrick is making the 10th Region tournament his personal domain.

        Myrick, who scored the last six points in Mason County's 55-52 upset of favorite Clark County in the quarterfinals, scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Royals to a 69-61 win over the Campbell County Camels in the semifinals Friday night at Mason County High School.

        “He hit the big shots,” Camels coach Dan Sullivan said. “He's played a lot of basketball, and he wasn't affected in the least by the pressure. He's been exposed to it.”

        Mason County (17-13) reached the regional final for the first time since 1995, when it lost to Montgomery County in double overtime. The Royals will play Bishop Brossart at 7:30p.m. today.

        None of Myrick's shots were bigger than his 3-pointer with 2:39 left in the game. Campbell County's Brandon Minch had just scored to complete the Camels (20-10) comeback from a five-point deficit and tie the game at 54.

        Myrick responded by hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing and getting fouled by Minch. Myrick hit the free throw to complete the 4-point play.

        Myrick added another layup and dished to Seth Faulkner for a layup that gave Mason County a 66-59 lead with 31.5 seconds left in the game.

        Myrick hit all three of his 3-pointers and the Royals hit 9-of-17 (.529), while Campbell County struggled, shooting 5-for-18 (.278).

        “That's a big difference,” Sullivan said. “ They were in a triangle-and-two (defense) and we had open looks, but we rushed our shots. That's the nature of the game.”

        Other than the 3-point disparity, the game was remarkably close. Both teams missed seven free throws, and there were differences of just one in rebounds, assists and turnovers.

        Each team also was credited with seven second-chance points.

        Camels sophomore Kevin Reinhardt led all scorers with 20 points, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

        Reinhardt and Robby Turner each scored six points to help the Camels open up a 7-point advantage before settling for a 20-14 first-quarter lead.

        Beefy Jamal Chambers start ed to assert his strength in the second quarter. Chambers, a senior in his first year of varsity action, scored just two points in the first quarter but bulled his way to 10 second-quarter points, leading the Royals to a 32-30 halftime lead.

        MASON COUNTY (69) — Commodore 0 6 6, Myrick 6 3 18, Faulkner 4 2 12, Lewis 5 1 13, Ross 2 0 6, Chambers 7 0 14. Totals: 24 12 69.

        CAMPBELL COUNTY (61) — Sigmon 1 0 2, Minch 4 3 12, turner 5 0 10, Wilson 4 0 12, Reinhardt 9 2 20, Groneck 1 0 2, Krift 1 1 3. Totals: 25 6 61.

        Mason County ....... 14  18  15  22—69

        Campbell County ....... 20  10  12  19—61

        3-pointers: MC—Myrick 3, Faulkner, Lewis, Ross 2. CC—Wilson 4, Minch. Records: MC 17-13, CC 20-10.


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