The Varsity boys traveled to Mason County Friday night to take on the Harrison County Thoroughbreds in the opening round of the US Bank Mike Murphy Classic. It was déjà vu all over again as these two teams met last year in the 10th Region semi-finals at The Fieldhouse. The Camels defeated Harrison County then to move into the 10th Region finals and eventually beat Montgomery County to earn a trip to Rupp Arena.
This year the outcome was no different as the Camels completely dominated the Breds from start to finish for an easy 85-58 win. The Camels jumped out to a 23-12 first quarter lead as Matt Wilson was dominating inside and Dre Jackson and Trent McGovney handled the perimeter. The Camels hot shooting continued into the 2nd quarter with Jackson slashing to the basket and Trent McGovney racking up 3 point plays “the old fashioned way”. By halftime Jackson had racked up 14 points, McGovney 12, and Wilson 8 as the Camels led 43-24.
In the 3rd, the Camels offense was hampered a bit as the Breds initiated a full court press. However, the Camels deciphered the Breds defense and scored several easy baskets to take a 17 point lead into the final period.
The Camels put things on cruise control for the 4th quarter and started to empty the bench with about 3 minutes to play. Dre Jackson had a huge night with 27 points. Matt “DD” Wilson (double/double) finished with 14 points and 11 boards. Trent McGovney had a strong game with 12 points, all coming in the first half and Craig Neltner was a force inside scoring 12 points.
The Camels will take on Madison Central, who defeated Newport, at The Fieldhouse in Mason County Monday evening. Game time will be at 7:00pm. GO CAMELS !!
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