The Berea Community boys basketball team led for most of the first half during Tuesday's match-up with Sayre at home in the first round of the 11th Region All "A" Classic.
The Spartans (3-0), however, closed the second quarter on a 10-3 run — giving them an advantage they would never surrender.
Sayre picked up a 68-59 win over the Pirates (1-2). With the win, the Spartans move into the semifinals and will face Model on Thursday at Berea Community.
Jaylen Dorsey and Trenton Wilson each had 14 points for Berea. Jayden Smith had 10 points and Quenten Morgan had six points.
Berea had a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and was up 22-19 late in the second. Sayre, however, went into halftime with a 29-25 lead, then opened the second half on a 7-4 run.
The Spartans were up 51-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Isaiah Dorsey had five points and James Brennan had four points for Berea. Edward Sexton and Rey Alejandro had two points each.
The Pirates are set to return to action on Jan. 19 at Danville.
South Laurel tops Southern, 73-61
The Madison Southern boys basketball team ran out to a big lead early against South Laurel on Tuesday in Berea.
The Eagles (1-3) scored 10 of the first 12 points of the game and were up 20-11 after the first quarter.
The Cardinals (4-0) rallied to take a one-point lead (29-28) lead at halftime and pulled away for a 73-61 win over Madison Southern. The Cardinals pushed ahead by as much as 15 points as they hit 15-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Jay Rose had a team-best 22 points and six rebounds for the Eagles. Trent DeVries had 15 points and Zach Hudson had nine points and four rebounds.
Southern led by six points with less than two minutes left in the second quarter, but South Laurel scored the final seven points of the half to take the lead.
The Eagles shot 36.8 percent from the field, 6-of-24 from three-point range, and hit 13-of-17 free throws. South Laurel shot 55.6 percent from the field, 5-of-18 from three-point range, and hit 18-of-23 free throws.
Walt Smith had five points and three rebounds for Southern. Blake Simpson, Jayden Adams, Michael Bannister, Hezekiah Fogle and Brett Erslan had two points each.
Southern is set to return to action Thursday at home against Henry Clay.
Indians suffer first loss
Trey Skaggs nearly posted a triple-double, but the Madison Central boys basketball team suffered its first setback of the season on Tuesday in Nicholasville.
The sophomore point guard had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Indians (3-1) were handed a 75-73 loss in overtime by West Jessamine. Kole Browne had 19 points and five rebounds, while Braeden Ray had 18 points and Will Hardin added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Central pushed out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and had a 40-33 lead at halftime. The Colts (2-1) rallied to tie the game at 61-61, then went up by four points. The Indians scored six of the final eight points of regulation to force overtime.
Central shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game, 7-of-21 from three-point range, and hit 12-of-15 free throws.
West Jessamine shot 42.6 percent from the field, 5-of-15 from three-point range, and hit 18-of-28 free throws.
Taishon Chenault had six points for Central. Jaylen Davis had three points and Kenyatta Hardge had one point.
The Indians are set to return to action Thursday at home against Dunbar.