Lebanon Reporter

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January 26, 2013

Tigers 3-peat as Sagamore champs

Lebanon — Boys’ size too much for Southmont

The Lebanon Tigers boys’ basketball team did something that hadn’t been done in 17 years Friday night.

By beating Southmont 83-40 and going undefeated in the Sagamore Conference for the third-straight year, the Tigers became the first team since Frankfort (’93-’96) to go three-straight years without losing a regular-season conference game.

“Going into the game, we knew we had a chance to win the conference outright and that Southmont was going to be a good opponent,” Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. “We knew we had to guard the perimeter. And with Cord (Barricklow) on the inside altering shots, and he is such a force inside, we were able to gamble on the outside and force them into some tough shots. I thought our defense was really good tonight.”

The game was tied at seven early, but a 15-2 Lebanon run spanning the end of the first and start of the second quarters put Lebanon up 31-15 and they never looked back.

“Lebanon is a really, really good team and they played really well,” Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said. “They are tough at home. They have a little of everything you need to have a good basketball team. We didn’t always respond well. And when you play a good team the margin of error is less than we had today.”

The Tigers built the lead to 42-23 at the half and continued to pull away in the second half.

A big reason was that Southmont had no answer for the inside-tandem of Barricklow and Nick Starkey.

Barricklow finished with 17 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, while Starkey added 18 points and seven rebounds.

“We get the consistency from Cord every night and we have come to expect it from him,” Hendrix said. “He does a lot of things that change games. I am really proud of him. And Nick Starkey tonight was great. We have been looking for that from Nick for a while and he has been coming and tonight he did a great job.”

For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.

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