NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Zip Zone Classic Best Preseason Tourney in the State
Louisa, Ky. — You can always mark your calendars for the Saturday after Thanksgiving for some great High School Basketball in Eastern Ky and this year was no different. The Zip Zone Classic Hosted by Sheldon Clark High School always puts on a show. Sixteen teams came to Lawrence Co. High School to showcase their talents in front of a packed house and one last scrimmage before the regular season begins this week for most teams.
The first game started at 9:00 am and last game ended around 10:30 pm. During the day there were several Division 1 players that have signed with big time colleges on the floor and many more that will play at the college level. There were a total of 8 games on the day which included six boys and 2 girls games. Teams from Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia participated.
University of Kentucky Head man John Calipari made an appearance as he was checking out his newly signed recruit Va Episcopal forward Sacha Killeya-Jones. Coach Cal signed autographs, posed for pics and chatted with fans during timeouts and between halves.
Calapari flew in to the Big Sandy Airport and was greeted by a large group of fans includeding airport manager, Gary Cox and businessman Jim Booth, who accompanied the coach to the Zip Zone Classic. Booth has underwritten and sponsored the event for nearly two decades.
In the two featured games of the day it was Christian Co. defeating Lawrence Co. 73-60. The 2nd Region favorite was led by Jaylen Sebree with 19 points and Tyrik Edwards with 18 points. Christian Co. is coached this season by Frankie Smith who coached Sheldon Clark for the past two years before leaving for CC. The 15th Region favored Dawgs were led by Timmy and Robert Dalton with 24 and 17 points respectively.
In the other featured game it was Huntington Prep defeating Virginia Episcopal School 79-71 as Michigan St. signee Miles Bridges led all scorers with 31 points and added 10 rebounds. Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones had 28 points and 11 rebounds. The game counts for Virginia Episcopal and Huntington Prep but the other games are classified as scrimmages and do not count on a team’s record.
In the other games on the day it was:
- Bryan Station over Johnson Central Girls
- Sheldon Clark over Tug Valley, W. Va. Girls
- June Buchanan over Pikeville Boys
- Hazard over Sheldon Clark Boys
- Capital W. Va. over Johnson Central Boys
- Cordia over Louisville Trinity Boys