Bears start season 5-0
Bears knock off Apollo, 64-51
OWENSBORO - Parker Rice delivered a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Butler County over host Apollo 64-51 in a boys' high school basketball game on Monday night.
With the win, Butler County moved to 4-0.
Apollo dropped to 0-6 with the loss.
Butler County shot 48.8 percent (21-of-43) from the field. The Bears were 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Butler County shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line.
Rice led a trio of Butler County scorers in double figures. Hayden Hodge added 15 points for the Bears while Jagger Henderson netted 11 points in Butler County's victory.
Solomon Flener added seven points, Leevi McMillin chipped in four points, Macauley Hampton posted three points and Brody Hunt and Zach Tutko finished with two points apiece as Butler County won.
Apollo struggled offensively, shooting 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field. The Eagles were only 5-for-22 from 3-point range.
Apollo shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from the free throw line.
Malik Wilson paced Apollo, scoring 18 points for the Eagles. Wilson was the only Apollo player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Following Wilson, Dan St. Claire contributed eight points while Ryan Ash and Cameron Frantz added seven points apiece.
Butler County downs Russellville, 68-62
RUSSELLVILLE - Butler County remained in the win column on Tuesday night, downing host Russellville 68-62.
With the win, Butler County moved to 5-0.
Russellville dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
Butler County shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) from the field. The Bears were 1-of-5 from 3-point range.
Butler County shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the free throw line.
The Bears and Panthers swapped leads in the early-season boys' high school basketball matchup. However, Butler County managed to finish strong.
Parker Rice led Butler County with a game-high 26 points. Rice was 11-of-15 from the free throw line. Nearly registering a double-double, Rice pulled down nine rebounds.
Hayden Hodge accompanied Rice in double figures and logged a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Jagger Henderson narrowly missed reaching double figures in scoring for the Bears, finishing with nine points.
The additional scorers for Butler County in the hard-fought win were Solomon Flener (seven points), Leevi McMillin (six points) and Zach Tutko (four points).
Butler County is scheduled to host the Hebrews 12 Coffee Christmas Classic Friday, Dec. 20-Sunday, Dec. 22