Harlan County was impressive in its final tuneup before the AAU state tournament this weekend by overpowering both Middlesboro and Leslie County in summer basketball action Tuesday at the HCHS gym.
The Black Bears avenged one of their earlier losses by rolling past Leslie County 54-35. Harlan County grabbed an early lead behind Cody Bumgardner, whose quickness gave the Eagles problems. The senior point guard continually drove to the basket in a 23-point performance.
Sophomore guard Treyce Spurlock added 11 points. Cameron Carmical and Cody Brewer scored five each, Tyler Miller and David Turner added four each and Trey Sanders tossed in two.
The Bears downed Middlesboro 71-42 in the opening scrimmage, led by 17 points from Bumgardner, 15 from Carmical and 13 from Brewer. Miller added eight points. Spurlock and Turner scored seven each. Will Bowling and Malik Simmons contributed two each.
The Harlan County junior varsity team extended its win streak to 14 by pounding Middlesboro 78-38 and Leslie County .
The Bears return to action Thursday at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington, concluding summer basketball with the AAU state tournament.
Harlan County (17-9) begins pool play in varsity competition on Thursday at 7:50 p.m. against Pikeville. Harlan County will play Lafayette on Friday at 4 p.m. and Southwestern on Friday at 7:30.
Harlan County (14-1) will play Pikeville on Friday at 4:30 in junior varsity pool play. The Bears will take on Lafayette White on Friday at 10:10 and Rowan County White on Friday at 1:40.