On Wednesday evening the Camels battled the Holy Cross Indians in a boys basketball triple header. The Camels were able to take 2 of 3 winning the Freshman and Varsity contests while dropping the JV game.
In the opener, the Freshman improved their record to 3-0 by defeating the Indians 47-37. The Camels were led by Zane Graham’s 18 points. The Freshman Camels will look to remain undefeated as they take on Ludlow on Thursday afternoon in the first game of another boys basketball triple header.
In the middle game, the JV Camels dropped their first game of the year in heartbreaking fashion. Garren Bertsch’s 3 pointer to start the game gave the Camels a lead they would own for the entire game until the final buzzer. Robert Marlow came off the bench to score all 8 of his points in the first half as the Camels’ largest lead swelled to 10. Holy Cross hit several baskets to cut into the lead, but the Camels still led 18-15 going into the locker room at the half.
A 3 point basket by Cameron Lemons out of the half gave the Camels a 21-15 lead, but the Camels could only manage 2 layups by Gideon Measner the remainder of the 3rd period. In the final period, both teams struggled to score as the Camels could only muster 2 points the entire period and were outscored 7-2 in the final frame. In spite of the Camels offensive woes, they held a slim 27-26 lead with less than a minute to play. With 3.7 seconds left, Holy Cross fouled to stop the clock sending Cameron Lemons to the FT line. Lemons missed the front end of the bonus, and the Indians quickly called time out. On the ensuing inbounds play, a missed defensive assignment by the Camels allowed the Indians to find a wide open player under the basket for the game winner as the buzzer sounded. Robert Marlow was the leading scorer for the Camels with 8 points as the Camels shot just 31% for the game. The JV Camels even their record at 1-1 and will face Ludlow on Thursday night.
In the main event, the Varsity Camels shook off a slow start to fight off the pesky Indians from Holy Cross 70-47. Dre Jackson scored 21 points and Matt Wilson added another double/double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Blake Losey scored 10 for the Camels.
Holy Cross seemed content to bomb away from behind the arc and led throughout the first period as the Camels struggled from point blank range. Blake Losey had a strong first half keeping the Camels in contention, but the Camels trailed 20-15 at the end of one period.
In the 2nd, a Losey layup and 3 point basket cut the deficit to two, and Trent McGovney’s 2 free throws tied the game at 22. A pair of Jordan Day 3s gave the Camels their first lead. Holy Cross continued to dial up from long range, but the Camels led 31-27 at the half.
Dre Jackson and Matt Wilson traded scores and Wilson seemed to grab every rebound as the Camels maintained a 4-6 point lead throughout the 3rd period. McGovney and Cole Hegyi also added baskets, and the Camels led 46-40 after 3 periods.
The Camels finally blew the game open in the 4th period as they picked up the defensive intensity holding the Indians to only 7 points in the quarter. Jackson scored inside and outside to increase the Camels’ margin as Holy Cross ran out of gas. A layup at the buzzer by Craig Neltner made the final score 70-47. Campbell County was 7-13 from behind the arc for nearly 54% while the Indians could only manage 31% on 9-29 from deep. The Camels outshot the Indians 19-2 from the free throw line and also out-rebounded the smaller Indians 38-17.
Holy Cross drops to 3-2 on the season while the Camels remain undefeated heading into their next game against Ludlow this Thursday night at CCHS.
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