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Travelers take down Mac Irvin Fire in Dallas

 Posted by at 4:10 PM on May 11, 2013  Add comments
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Knott Central star Camron Justice scored 17 points for the Travelers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Knott Central star Camron Justice scored 17 points for the Travelers on Saturday.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Camron Justice scored 17 points to help lead the Kentucky Travelers to a 72-61 victory over mighty Mac Irvin Fire on Saturday in Dallas.

Justice was 3-for-6 from three-point range and added five rebounds and four assists for the Travelers. Mac Irvin Fire is led by Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, who are considered the top two big men in the class of 2014. Both players have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Alexander led the Fire with 15 points, and Okafor was next with 13. They had 11 rebounds each.

Class of 2016 point guard Braxton Beverly had 14 points for the Travelers. Justin Johnson — his Perry Central teammate — chipped in with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds. Trinity’s Ray Spalding had six points, five rebounds and four blocks off the bench. Other scorers included Beetle Bolden and Jackson Davis with seven points apiece, Jeff Thomas and Rob Marberry with four points each, and David Kapinga with three points.

One of the Travelers’ leading scorers — Ohio native Zach McCormick — missed the game with an injured wrist.

Saturday’s victory pushed the Travelers’ EYBL record to 6-5, which is good enough for third place in their 10-team division. They’re one game behind Florida-based Each 1 Teach 1 and the Tyus Jones-led Howard Pulley Panthers. Each team has two more games this weekend in Dallas and five games later this month in Minneapolis.

The top 24 EYBL teams will then move on to the Peach Jam finals in July.

The Travelers suffered a 94-61 defeat to Each 1 Teach 1 in Friday night’s Dallas opener. Duke commitment Grayson Allen scored 30 points for E1T1 in that game. UNC commit Joel Berry added 15 points and six assists, and five-star 2014 recruit D’Angelo Russell had eight points and seven rebounds.

Beetle Bolden scored 13 points to lead the Travelers on Friday night.

The Travelers will face Southern Stampede (3-8) on Saturday night.

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