By: Brett Farrelly
The hardwood roared with excitement as the KBC 6th Grade State Championship unfolded this past weekend, leaving basketball enthusiasts on the edge of their seats from February 2nd to February 4th. The SportsCenter and STEAM Academy gyms in Lexington, KY played host to a spectacular tournament that saw 70 teams vying for glory. Let's dive in and see how it unfolded.
After 60 gripping games, the teams that punched their tickets to the Final Four were Elkhorn, McCreary County, Knox County, and Paris. All teams showed out on their path to the final four and overcame tough challenges throughout a competitive tournament.
In the first final four games, Elkhorn took on McCreary County. Elkhorn took over and a strong 4th quarter led to them winning over McCrary County 44-28. Meanwhile, the other semi-final came down to the last possession. In a back-and-forth contest, Knox County secured their spot in the finals with a heart-stopping buzzer-beater, sealing a thrilling victory over Paris winning the game 49-46.
This set up the championship game featuring Knox County and Elkhorn. In a hard-fought contest, Knox County emerged victorious, completing a magical run and cementing themselves in history. The final scoreline of 47-44 only told part of the story, as each pass, dribble, and shot contributed to the tale of determination and skill displayed on the court. Both teams represented themselves, their teammates, and their communities incredibly well and all those involved should take pride in a great tournament.
After the finals concluded, Knox County’s Gabriel Gray was named the Spillman Properties Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Congrats to Gabriel on a great tournament!
Other teams etched their names in the record books in different brackets. Rosspoint claimed victory in the Gold Bracket division, showcasing their prowess and determination. Meanwhile, CAL emerged triumphant in the Silver Bracket division, proving that excellence extended across the entire tournament.
As the final buzzer, the KBC 6th Grade State Championship concluded in a crescendo of cheers and applause. This event wasn't just about victories and defeats; it was a celebration of sportsmanship, resilience, and the pure joy of the game. The KBC tournament series picks back up with the 7th Grade State Championship coming up February 16th - 18th. Interested teams can use this link to register and see more upcoming tournaments.