Bears add two more wins at LMU team camp

Published 11:20 pm Friday, June 7, 2019

HARROGATE, TENN. — When the Harlan County Black Bears played well last season in winning 19 times, Taylor Spurlock and Tyler Cole usually played important roles.

As the only returning starters next season, the two will play even bigger roles in 2020. Both are off to a good start this summer and helped lead the Bears to a pair of victories Friday in the Lincoln Memorial University Team Camp.

Spurlock, a senior guard, scored 25 as the Bears coasted past Pineville 68-36. Jacob Wilson tossed in 13 points for the Bears, while Cole added 12 and Josh Turner contributed 10. Trent Noah and Jackson Huff added six and two points, respectively.

Cole scored 16 and Spurlock added 10 in a 48-43 win over Eastside, Va. Huff scored eight, followed by Wilson with seven, Noah with five and Turner with two.

Harlan County led 25-22 at halftime, but Eastside pulled even before Cole, Wilson and Huff each hit 3s to put the Bears up by nine with 10 minutes left.

Eastside went on a 9-0 run to pull within one before Spurlock hit four straight free throws in the final 20 seconds to close the scoring.

Harlan County (12-3) will play Sequoyah, Tenn., at 10:50 a.m. and Knox Central at 11:40 in camp action on Saturday.


After two hard-fought losses earlier in the day, Harlan broke through for its first win of the summer with a 58-49 victory over Cherokee, Tenn., in the Lincoln Memorlal University Team Camp on Friday.

Harlan had a five-point lead against J.I. Burton (Virginia) before the Black Raiders pulled even. Jordan Akal had a chance at the line in the closing seconds but missed as Burton won with a late 3-pointer.

Akal scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half to lead the Dragons as they rallied from an early deficit. Jon Eldridge added 10 points for the Dragons. Kaleb McLendon and Jaedyn Gist tossed in four points each. John Mark Bryson scored three.

The Dragons fell 49-45 to Williamsburg in their opening scrimmage of the day. The Jackets scored the game’s first 10 points and built a 22-5 lead. Harlan fought back to within five by halftime and got as close as two in the final minute on a three-point play by Akal. Caleb Rose hit two free throws to clinch the win.

Akal led Harlan with 24 points. Eldridge scored 10. McLendon added six. Johann Gist added three. Jaedyn Gist scored two.

Harlan (1-5) will play Sequoyah, Tenn., at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., at 5:30.