By John Henson
Michael Jones’ home debut as the new coach of the Harlan County Black Bears couldn’t have gone much better.
The Black Bears demolished Prestonsburg 101-33 on Thursday in summer scrimmage action. Jones emptied his bench, then went to his freshman team to finish the game as 16 Bears scored.
Sophomore guard Treyce Spurlock continued his strong summer performance with a 16-point effort. Austin Adams was one of several freshmen to contribute as he scored 10 points. Cameron Carmical added nine points. Trey Sanders, Cody Bumgardner, Jared Sizemore and Kolby Vanover added eight points each. William Bowling, Drew Nolan and Tyrese Simmons scored six each. Malik Simmons added five. David Turner contributed four. Cody Brewer, Andrew Creech and Will Scott scored two each. Jake Bush added one.
Harlan County avenged an earlier loss by knocking off Whitley County 69-62 despite playing without Carmical and Sanders.
Brewer scored 22 points and Spurlock added 20 for the Bears. Bumgardner scored 14. Turner and Sizemore, both sophomores, added eight and five points, respectively.
The Harlan County junior varsity team, which features five freshmen starters, improved to 5-1 and avenged its only loss with a 55-46 win over Whitley County.
The Bears, led by guards Paul Stapleton, Nolan and Adams, downed Prestonsburg 44-12 in earlier action. Lamar Burkhart, who missed the Whitley County game due to an injury, has also had a strong summer at forward. Creech, Tyrese Simmons, Jake Bush and Will Scott have also seen extensive action.
Harlan County edged Hazard 44-42 and fell 65-40 to defending 14th Region champ Knott Central in action Wednesday at Hazard.
Sanders scored 13 in the win over Hazard, followed by Spurlock with 11, Turner with 10, Carmical with six, Brewer with three and Bumgardner with one.
Spurlock led the Bears against Knott with eight points. Brewer scored seven, followed by Sanders and Turner with six each, Bumgardner with five, Carmical and Bowling with three each and Vanover with two.
The HCHS freshman team down Hazard 51-31 in junior varsity action.
Harlan County defeated McCreary Central 66-52 and lost to Corbin 55-47 in action Tuesday at Corbin.
Spurlock and Carmical scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the win over McCreary. Sanders scored seven, followed by Bumgardner and Brewer with six each, Turner with five, Tyrese Simmons with four, Bowling and Vanover with three each, Burkhart, Stapleton and Adams with two each and Nolan with one.
Bumgardner scored 18 against Corbin, followed by Spurlock with 13, Sanders with nine, Carmical with five and Brewer with two.
Harlan County downed Corbin 53-40 in junior varsity action and defeated Perry Central 53-48 on Monday in Hazard.
The HCHS varsity edged Shelby Valley, last year’s 15th Region runner up, 44-42 and lost to Perry Central 86-47 in varsity action Monday at Perry Central.
Carmical scored 15 to lead the Bears against Shelby Valley, followed by Sanders with nine, Spurlock with seven, Turner with six, Bumgardner with four and Brewer with three.
Spurlock scored 14 against Perry Central, followed by Carmical with eight, Sanders with five, Burkhart and Tyrese Simmons with four each and Stapleton with two.
Harlan County opened the summer with a 51-49 loss to Clinton County, a 4th Region contender, and 57-49 loss to Whitley County last Friday at Whitley County. The junior varsity team lost 62-59 to Whitley County.
Sanders scored 14, Bumgardner tossed in 13 and Carmical added 12 to lead the Bears, who played without Spurlock. Fred Massey scored eight points. Turner added two.
Carmical, Bumgardner and Sanders scored 10 each against Whitley. Brewer added eight. Massey scored seven. Turner contributed four.
The Harlan County varsity team, now 5-5 on the summer, will play Leslie County and Sullivan East, Tenn., on Friday in Leslie County. Both Harlan County and Harlan will play in the Pineville Team Camp next week.