The Ballard Bruins shot 50% in the first quarter as it stormed out to a 22-11 lead over a young Taylor County team that featured three sophomore starters. The point spread only continued to worsen for the Cardinals in the second period as Ballard played a nearly perfect first half. The Bruins extended its lead to 44-17 after shooting 49% from the field, 83% from the foul line, and scored 22 points off 16 Taylor County turnovers.
Antoine Darby led the Bruins’ first half charge by going 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from behind the three-point arc. Taylor County’s Ezra Oliver, a Campbellsville University Bass Fishing signee, paced the Cards with 4 points and 2 rebounds.
The second half stayed true to trend as the Ballard stretched its lead to 60-25 with two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. That 35-point spread automatically and mercifully led to a running clock for the remainder of the contest where the Bruins cruised to a 69-33 win. Ballard impressively scored 46 of its 69 points in the paint, finished with 31 points off 27 turnovers, and won the assist ratio 22-6.
The Bruins had four players that scored in double digits: Dorian Tisby-14, Antoine Darby-15, Clivonte Patterson-10, and Delonta Wimberly-10. Taylor County was led by Tre’Von Smith’s 11-points and 8 rebounds.
Ballard advances to play Fern Creek in what could be an instant Sweet 16 classic.