Model coach John Morgerson saw plenty of familiar faces on the opposing bench Friday in Richmond.
And with good reason.
"A lot of the kids on that team I've known for about five years," Morgerson said of West Jessamine. "They are really good kids and it's cool to see their progress."
Morgerson had worked under Damon Kelley at the high school and middle school levels at West Jessamine before taking over the program at Model Laboratory this season.
On Friday, he got to face his mentor.
"It was special," Morgerson said. "I enjoyed it. We talked about it last night and then we talked again before the game."
Morgerson's current players tried to make the game even more special for the coach.
The Patriots (4-10) ran out to a quick lead, but the Colts (9-7) battled back for a 56-40 victory.
Bryson Perry had a team-best 18 points and five rebounds for Model, while Camden Stamm had seven points and four rebounds.
Perry capped an early run with a three-pointer that put the Patriots on top 12-4.
"I think our guys did a good job coming out focused and ready to play," Morgerson said. "We were even missing some good shots early, so we could have had an even bigger lead."
West Jessamine tied the game after the first quarter (13-13), but the Patriots pushed ahead again by as much as four points.
Ethan Bailey and Nate Feese hit three-pointers and Model went into halftime up 22-20.
The Patriots shot 38 percent from the field in the first half, including 4-of-9 from three-point range and were 2-of-6 from the free throw line.
Model surged out to a 27-22 lead on a three-pointer by Perry in the third quarter.
After that, the Colts took control.
West Jessamine used a 19-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter to claim a 14-point lead.
"We just couldn't score the ball in the second half," Morgerson said.
The Patriots shot 28 percent in the second half (7-of-25), including 4-of-10 from three-point range. They did not attempt a free throw in the second half either.
Stamm and Perry hit three-pointers late, but the Patriots were never able to get back within single digits.
"Our guys don't quit. I love that about them," Morgerson said. "They fight until the end."
Bailey had six points, three assists and a team-best seven rebounds. Feese had five points and six rebounds. Cruse Pingleton had two points and two rebounds. Colton Collier had two points.
Model is set to return to action Wednesday against Berea or Frankfort in the semifinals of the 11th Region All "A" Classic at LCA.