HAMPTON, Va. — Knott Central guard Camron Justice scored 17 points and the Kentucky Travelers defeated Nike Team Louisiana 66-59 in the opening round of EYBL games Saturday.
Justice was 4-for-7 from three-point range off the bench. He played the last few minutes of the game with a badly busted lip, which needed medical attention before the contest was over.
The victory gives the Travelers a 4-2 record so far in EYBL play. The Lexington based team is now tied for the No. 1 spot in their division with Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire, which features UK targets Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor, who is sitting out this week with an ankle injury.
The Travelers, who were previously based out of Tennessee, went 2-18 in the EYBL last year.
Tennessee native Rob Marberry and Ohio’s Zach McCormick added 12 points in Saturday’s game. They were followed in scoring by Perry Central’s Braxton Beverly (8 points) and Justin Johnson (6 points), Ohio native Jeff Thomas (4 points), Trinity’s Ray Spalding (4 points) and Southwestern’s David Kapinga (2 points).
Holmes point guard James “Beetle” Bolden had one point, five rebounds and one assist in just 8 minutes off the bench. Bolden missed most of the second half due to foul trouble.
UK Coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua checked in on the game to take a look at Bolden and Spalding, who they’ve expressed interest in for the class of 2015.
The Travelers will face the New Jersey Playaz — featuring UK recruit Isaiah Whitehead — in the Saturday night session.