KSR is covering the Kentucky high school basketball postseason, from region tournaments all the way to the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena (March 31st to April 3rd). Over the next week, we’ll be providing previews of each region, updates on each round, and in-depth coverage of the finals. On Monday, the 15th Region Tournament tips off in eastern Kentucky. Here’s a preview:
Johnson Central (19-3), Paintsville (12-8), Shelby Valley (17-8), Belfry (16-9), East Ridge (15-8), Lawrence County (11-10), Betsy Layne (12-8), Pike County Central (16-10).
Monday, March 22nd, 6:30 PM: East Ridge vs. Johnson Central. 8:15 PM-Betsy Layne vs. Pike County Central
Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:30 PM: Belfry vs. Shelby Valley, 8:15 PM-Paintsville vs. Lawrence County.
Friday, March 26th: Semifinals-6:30 and 8:15 PM
Saturday, March 27th, Finals-7:30 PM
All games will be played at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, Pikeville, KY.
Team to Beat
Johnson Central Golden Eagles seem to be at the forefront of all sports in eastern Kentucky. The Golden Eagles enter the 15th Regional Tournament with a 19-3 record and an inside track to make the journey to Rupp Arena. Central opens up the festivities at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville by taking on the East Ridge Warriors. Its led by Isaiah May’s 16.2 points per game. May is the team’s leading shooter from the three-point line by making 42.3% of his attempts.
Players to Watch
Isaiah May-Johnson Central, Jordan Frazier-Betsy Layne, Isaac Woods-East Ridge, Josh Du Toit-Pike County Central, Bol Kuir-Belfry, Kaden Robinson-Shelby Valley, Colby Fugate-Paintsville, Cody Maynard-Lawrence County.
The 15th is a football powerhouse region. Paintsville, Belfry, Pikeville, and Johnson Central have all won football state championships within the last five seasons.
If you go to the games, remember to share your pictures with us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RoadtoRupp. We’ll be posting fan galleries on the site and social media throughout the week.