The Kentucky Travelers defeated CIA Bounce 70-46 Monday to clinch a spot in the Peach Jam.
Lafayette forward Jackson Davis had seven points and 12 rebounds for the Travelers, who finished the EYBL regular season with a 9-9 record and showed great improvement in their first year based in Kentucky.
The Travelers were 2-18 last year, when only two of the 40 teams in the EYBL had a worse record.
This year’s squad — made up of seven Kentuckians, two Ohioans and one player from Tennessee — has been praised for its “team basketball.” On Monday, the Travelers had 21 assists to just 10 turnovers.
Knott Central star Camron Justice led the squad in scoring with 15 points. Perry Central’s Justin Johnson added 11 points and a team-high six assists. Trinity big man Ray Spalding chipped in with six points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Travelers entered the final day of the EYBL regular season needing a victory over CIA Bounce or a Southern Stampede loss to Mac Irvin Fire. They got both. Mac Irvin defeated Southern Stampede 84-63.
Monday’s results gave the Travelers a fifth-place finish in Division D. The top five teams from each division earn spots in the Peach Jam, which will be played July 10-14 in North Augusta, S.C.
Aaron Gordon, Stanley Johnson and the Oakland Soldiers defeated Andrew Wiggins and CIA Bounce in the Peach Jam championship game last year.
Among the UK recruiting targets expected to play in this year’s Peach Jam are Tyus Jones, Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor, Trey Lyles, Stanley Johnson, Skal Labissiere and Malik Newman.