Boys Varsity Basketball · Dan Swartz Classic Game 3 Preview: Estill County Engineers vs. Lewis County Lions


The third game of the Dan Swartz Classic at the Bath County High School Gymnasium will be the Estill County Engineers (14th region) vs. the Lewis County Lions (16th region) on Thursday, December 27th at 6:30pm.

The last time these two teams played Lewis County won 55-47 at the Berea Christmas Tournament on December 30, 2014.

The Estill County Engineers, who finished with an impressive 26-8 record while winning the 14th region championship, are currently 2-6 on the season. They have wins over Rockcastle County and Lee County. Their losses have come to Jackson County, Madison Southern, Whitley County, Rowan County, Powell County, and Wolfe County.

The Engineers, coached by Jon Bentley, are led by senior Joe Benton. According to the KHSAA Benton is averaging 16 points per game.

The Lewis County Lions, who finished with a 18-15 record last season, are 5-3 on the year.

The Lions have earned wins over Ashland, Fairview, Greenup County, East Carter, and Nicholas County. They have losses to Rowan County, Lawrence County, and Morgan County.

The Lions, coached by Joe Hampton, are led in scoring by Sam O’Keefe. O’Keefe is averaging 21.4 ppg according to the KHSAA website. Seth Wright and Cameron Ruckel both average 15 a game.

Below are the teams’ rosters:

Estill County
30 Micah Adams Jr.
33 Dyllon Long So.
34 Dustin Beeler So.
23 Landon Napier Fr.
4 Joe Benton Jr.
35 Logan Napier Sr.
2 Kade Benton 8th
12 Kamden Powell So.
22 Conner Chaney Sr.
20 Logan Riddell So.
30 Coben Clem So.
31 Ethan Webb Jr.
15 Cobbe Click So.
40 Noah Williams Sr.

Lewis County
00 Levi Burriss G So.
21 Cameron Ruckel G Sr.
14 Trey Gerike G Fr.
24 Ethan Sizemore G Fr.
42 Isaac Jordan F Jr.
32 Peyton Spencer F So.
15 Logan Liles G Fr.
2 Bailey Thomas G So.
23 Stoney Lykins F Sr.
11 Tanner Willis G Jr.
20 Kolby McCann F So.
10 Seth Wright G Sr.
34 Sam OKeefe F Jr.
33 Wyatt Yates G Jr.