The first half was highlighted by the Kentucky-raised seniors opening up the game with the first six points. Leading by three going into the second half, Kentucky was looking to come out strong and not fall into a deeper deficit. The first four minutes of the second half proved to be beneficial for the Wildcats, as they went on a run to take the lead. This led to a one point lead heading into the under-16 timeout, a score of 35-34.
The Harrison twins were able to knock down a couple three pointers and Dakari Johnson was able to get a putback slam on a missed James Young free throw. The entire team was smiling , jumping around, and high fiving each other. Having fun, something that has been absent from the last few games, seemed to be fueling this team heading into the under-12 timeout, where Kentucky lead Alabama by a score of 43-36.
That lead was dwindled a bit by Alabama in the next four minutes of play. They were able to knock the young Wildcats off there game a bit and cut into the lead. However, the Wildcats were able to respond and hold onto the lead heading into the under-8 timeout. That lead was three points, 45-42 in favor of Kentucky.
A bucket, missed free throw that Alabama lost out of bounds, and a three pointer by James Young put the Cats back up by two possessions. Despite the even play for much of the next segment of the game, that sequence allowed the Wildcats to carry a six point lead, 53-47. The Wildcats would go on to win the game by seven, 55-48. This was a much needed win to end the losing streak that plummeted the Cats in the rankings.
This is your 2nd half update. Stay tuned for a longer recap later this evening.